The iPod nano
On the latest episode of the podcast formerly known as The Prompt; Myke, Stephen and Federico talk about the history of the iPod and how it has impacted the industry as a whole. They also talk about how it’s affected their interest they have in Apple, with Myke and Federico both stating how the iPod mini is what brought them to have interest in Apple, and therefore creating their blogs and podcast(s).
I thought back to when I first started to have an interest in technology itself, and I too had myself catapulted into it all with an iPod: my iPod nano. Back in fifth grade1, I had saved up money to buy one. Both my older sisters had iPod mini’s, and my main appeal for wanting an iPod nano was simply because of how cool it was, and possibly the obsessive watching of that keynote. I was kind of into music, but as said on Connected, it was mainly the “sex appeal” of the device that got me to want it so bad. It was a fashion accessory, a shiny new toy and one that everyone wanted at the time.
It’s funny to look back and see how that one little device got me interested and invested in so many of the hobbies I have today. After getting the iPod nano, I obviously needed to put music on it, and so naturally I asked my sister. She had a friend who Dj’ed at parties in their high school, and he had a ton of music. So I chose a few from his collection, which jumpstarted me into my Fall Out Boy obsession and passion, along with a lot of other artists: Yellowcard, Panic! at the Disco, Paramore, Coldplay and Muse just to name a few. At this point yes, I had had a personal background in playing music, but this just multiplied that passion to buying music, going to shows, and anxiously anticipating new releases from my favorite artists.
But the main effect that getting that iPod nano had on me was my passion, and enthusiasm for all types of technology. Obviously, as this was my first Apple product, shortly after the purchase they released the 2nd generation iPod nano. I watched the keynote, and of course immediately wanted one. But I had noticed something else: I was interested in this company, they were the same people that made those fancy white eMacs at school that worked so much better than my home computers. I don’t know how I did back then except for maybe checking a few blogs, but I became interested in different devices, technological ideas, and the technology industry of all these shiny, magical devices.
Although I didn’t buy the brand new iPod nano2 at the time, or get a computer of my own for two more years3, I really enjoyed reading and indulging myself in the websites, videos, and blogs that all told different things. It’s a passion I’ve carried even until today, and it’s something I hope to focus on in my future.