iPod Blues

Not that I’m obsessive or anything.

Friday night, my iPod Classic bit the big one. 120 gigs of glorious music reduced to nothing more than a sad metallic grinding sound as the hard drive within started break down.

It’s been breaking down for a while, actually – skipping songs here and there, freezing up when I try to forward to something else, etc –  but I’ve been nursing it along for the last six months the best I could.

Just about every time I plugged it into iTunes the last few weeks, Windows would freak out and tell me there was some sort of corruption on the drive, but no matter how many times I attempted to scan and fix, it never seemed to work.  Finally, I gave up and tried to restore it, but the sync would get hung up over and over again, which would then cause Windows to scream about corruption, and so on and so forth.

So I decided to completely reformat the drive. The quick reformat did nothing, but the regular format? Ugh. After about two hours, the reformat was only about half way through, so I went to go watch a movie with the kids. When I came back a few hours later, it was still at the half way point…only now it was making a metallic grinding noise.

So…yeah. I now have a paper weight.

30 seconds later, I started getting the shakes.

Not really, but it took a lot not to just snatch up the kids and run out to Best Buy to get another one. Sad, I guess, but some days it seems as though I wouldn’t be able to function without some form of music to get me through it. I listen to it in the car, when I write – and honestly, without my headphones, I’d go crazy at work. It’s a self-imposed isolation, of sorts, but it keeps me sane.

I went out Saturday morning for breakfast with the kids and stopped by the Best Buy on the way home…and they were sold out of the classic. And by classic, I mean the big ones – the 160 Gig set ups with the wheel in the middle (as opposed to the iPod Touch). Let me state for the record that I have zero interest in an iPod Touch. I already have an iPhone, for one thing, and for the other? I have nearly 85 gigs of music in iTunes and the iPod Touch just isn’t large enough.

You can question my delusions about wanting all my music with me all the time, but that’s okay. It’s just how I am. I don’t have time to build much in the way of playlists. I want to hit shuffle and let the thing surprise me.  Anyway, the Best Buy guy looked up in the inventory to see if another store had it…and no. Not within 50 miles, anyway, which seems utterly ridiculous to me. So I wandered over toward the mall, since there was an Apple store there. (It was completely nuts, with the iPad 2 just having been released. No, I don’t want one of those either.)

But hey, they had the classic in stock and two minutes later I was on my way. And yay, everything synced without issue! *breathes sigh of relief*

I would rather not have had to spend the money this weekend, but I consider it to be a bit of a personal investment, so I guess that’s okay.

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