Sunday, October 5, 2008

Stupid Post Day: The world’s smallest money waster

Yeah, I got hep and bought myself an I-pod shuffle several months ago for my birthday. Laid down the $53 (plus shipping and handling) and I had it in my hand two days later. Funny, considering I have ordered DVDs (Japanese anime fan here) and it takes about three weeks to get the movies even though the store’s warehouse is about a 4-hour drive from where I live.

Useless Information Alert! I actually tracked a shipment once. It travels from the warehouse in Ohio, across Pennsylvania, and reaches a processing facility in New Jersey. Then it gets shipped back through Pennsylvania to a UPS holding dock in Ohio. Then it’s packed in a truck and finally delivered to me - in Pennsylvania. Yeah. Okay.

It holds about 250 songs since I could not imagine shelling out the $150 for the bigger I-pods. I have about 58 songs on there so far, or about 5.7 hours’ worth of music, on a storage device that has a lithium ion battery with only a 4-hour charge and no AC adapter unless I wanted to shell out an extra $19 for it. Do I hear someone sighing? Oh, it’s coming from me.

My playlist is a simple one. I have about five full albums and a smattering of individual songs.
Tool: Aenima Album
Sting song: "Desert Rose"
Tool: Lateralus Album
Peter Gabriel songs: "Mercy Street," "Don’t Give Up," "One"
Tool: Undertow Album
No Doubt songs: "Spiderwebs," "Tragic Kingdom," "Home," and about five others
Tool: 10,000 Days Album
A Perfect Circle: Mer De Noms Album (the lead singer is from the band - Tool)

That’s about it. I want to get a few more albums by these artists.
Foo Fighters
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Johnny Cash
A Perfect Circle
The White Stripes
Rage Against the Machine
Serj Tankem
Puscifier (the lead singer is from the band - A Perfect Circle)
And several others . . .

I guess you can tell what my favorite types of music are. If you have any suggestions for me from your own collections, throw them at me no matter what generation you may be. I probably do like the song but can’t remember the name of the group (it happens to me a lot.)

Oh well, I am off to spend some more time on my little money waster. Sometimes, I feel like such a tool.


  1. I've got about a thousand songs on my antiquated iPod.. but my song list would probably make you scratch your head.

    With three of us having iPods and a few means of recharging, I'm pretty sure I have an extra AC adapter lying around somewhere. I'd be happy to send it to you, if you like... when I'm back from the cottage in a week, that is. You have my email addie - just drop me a line and I'll get to it when I get home. :)

  2. Hilary: You are an absolute PEACH, figuratively speaking.

    I do plan on getting an adapter. I just felt like whining today over the extravagant lengths of how deep the corporate executives want to dig into our pockets for things that should be included in the original sale. These little obvious add-ons just to make an extra buck are getting on my last nerve.

  3. These are the times when I feel an absolute Luddite... no iPod, no mp3 player of ANY sort at all, actually. And a grand total of perhaps five mp3s on my hard drive.

    I've just never felt the need for one.

  4. I totally agree that those things should be included - along with a protective carrying case for the model that have those scratch-sensitive windows. They're such an expense too. But truly, I'm certain that I have one. I tend to recharge mine in a docking station, plus I have two simple adapters - pretty sure. If you can hold off for a week (you can recharge via your computer's USB port in the mean time) I'll be back home and will have the time to package it up and mail it to you. It's wasted here. You need one. Simple math.

  5. lol... i bought one, then about a month later, gave it to my older daughter [younger had already bought herself a used 'nano']... she loves it, just enough songs to keep from getting bored, and too small for ripoff artists to bother with ;)

    as for the weird shipping, that's how they make their $$$ i guess :(

  6. Buck: I was like that. Saw no real use for them. Then, when I started building up my cd collection, I got tired of taking the time of putting the discs in my radio just to hear specific songs. Type-type-type, oh, wait...other cd. I can really rock out now and get more writing done.

    Hilary: You are something special...

    laughingwolf: The shipping is weird, no doubt. And the no ripoff artist thing is a plus. :)

  7. Believe it or not Michelle, I don't have an iPod. I've got radios in almost every room, so there's almost always music playing out loud, Steve Perry in one room, awesome 80's in another, classical in

    I like your playlist, especially Sting, and No Doubt. And I love the Foo Fighters and Johnny Cash too.

    And what a sweetie you are Hilary! :D

  8. Sandra: I'm like that also. I listen to music all the time. When I was a kid, I would even listen to it in my sleep.

  9. Wow! I have several hundred songs on my MP3 player. I love it! Have fun with it. :)

  10. Rainbowmom: Thanks, and thanks for stopping by!

  11. Have you ever heard "Love Song" by Sarah Bareilles? Great song.

    Congrats on the ipod!

  12. Skyeblu: No, I never heard Sarah Bareilles before. Wonder what type of music she sings?


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