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on purchasing apple hardware. or not.

Yesterday I wandered into a Circuit City after a long day of pretty damn good programming. I had a few minutes to kill so I walked the retail circle... and I came upon the iPod Shuffle. So I'm thinking, "Well, I've been working hard, and my iPod is broken, and having an iPod is pretty crucial to going to the gym, and I'd really like a tiny one like the shuffle, and the nano is out of my price range..." Staring lovingly at the white sliver of plastic, part of that thought caught my attention. My iPod is broken. Wait. This is the third iPod I've had. This is the second iPod i've paid for. This is the third iPod that's broken, and the second iPod that's broken out of warranty. Why on earth would I buy another iPod? I walked out of the Circuit City with all the cash I had when I came in, pleased with myself that I hadn't bought another fragile, doomed gizmo.
I buy apple hardware because I love OS X, which I can only get on this hardware, and because I love the industrial design. I can have the fundamental experience of walking around listening to MP3's with a gadget from any manufacturer, and toughness matters more than looks. I'm not going to throw away another hundred dollars away on shininess.

Reader Comments (2)

you've broken THREE iPods? how, exactly?


11.6.2005 at 03:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Shiny here has been known to be tougher on hardware than your average bear... :-)

11.13.2005 at 02:46 PM | Unregistered Commenterdan

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