The Wonderful Future

cassetteAs I loaded up my new iPod shuffle last night, I couldn't get over how small it was. This thing is barely bigger than a postage stamp and when it's clipped to my shirt I don't even realize I'm wearing it. As I gazed down upon this tiny music player with over 150 of my favourite songs on it, I thought about young Toronto Mike walking along Jane Street to school wearing a slightly different music player.

I loved my Sony Walkman personal cassette player. Through the years I burnt through many, and I loved them all. I'd dub 90 minute mix tapes and play them in this bulky, heavy device, but at the time it all seemed so awesome.

I wouldn't have believed it if someone had told me then that one day my Walkman would be replaced by a player that:

  • Was smaller than a matchbook and weighed about the same
  • Held substantially more songs than a 90 minute tape
  • Allowed shuffling and skipping of songs without waiting for a fast forward or rewind
  • Could be rewritten with new songs in less time than it used to take to dub a single tune

It blows my mind when I think of where we've come in the past 15 years with regards to personal music players. I can't wait to see what I'll be wearing in 2020.

My New iPod Shuffle

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Jason Meltzer Pattersonq


I bought the same thing a few weeks ago. Holds way more than 150 songs. They told me it help 150 songs, but I can get way way on there.

My first few days wearing it I said to myself, "Wow. I live in the future. This is the future NOW. What's next?"

June 18, 2007 @ 10:46 AM

Toronto Mike

150 songs didn't fill it up, but it's close. I'm guessing I can get about 175 songs on this 1GB sucker. I rip my MP3s at 192 bitrate... each song is about 5-7MB.

June 18, 2007 @ 10:58 AM

Mike H

I've been going goofy over the size of the memory card for my digital camera. I got a 2Gb XD card, and it's about the size of a postage stamp and only a few millimeters thick. And it holds 2Gb worth of info. Seriously, how many books is that?

June 18, 2007 @ 7:07 PM

Jason @ Get Your OJ

Mine gets 240 songs. How many GB is it? I have no clue. All I really wanted to know as a consumer was how many songs. Guy told me 150, I thought that was worth 85 bucks... then it turns out I can get 240 on there, so I am a happy camper. Actually, the clerk at the Source was useless and gave me incorrect info.

June 20, 2007 @ 10:31 AM

Toronto Mike

I notice they market these things by saying "fits 250 songs" or whatever, but that ain't right. A four minute song can be anywhere from 3MB to 10MB, depending out you ripped it.

1GB is fine for me - I don't need my entire collection on my body at all times.

June 20, 2007 @ 10:55 AM

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