Ok the title may be a little deceiving but my iPod finally gave up and died so I’m a little upset. I have had this 30 gig iPod video since my birthday 3 years ago and have loved every minute that it accompanied me in my car, on my bike, or just walking around to class. The iPod was, for me, musically, the best thing to ever happen, it meant that I could put my 5000 songs on a device and have the liberty to take those 5000 songs and play them with ease, in my car or as I said before, just about anywhere. When I first bought the iPod it was 300 dollars which was a little outrageous but actually turned out to be well worth the investment.
It started with a simple problem, I noticed that my iPod would be completely depleted of battery power after about 2 straight hours of listening, so I did what anyone would do, I looked on amazon.com and got me a new battery, costing about 12 bucks… what a deal! So I get the battery in the mail and I crack my iPod open and wire it up, luckily everything worked out just fine and it started working just as it did when I first got it.
Not too long after that, maybe 3 months, it happened. I told my roommate to eject my iPod and pass it to me as I was heading out the door to hit up the pool, he did then handed it to me, I immediately noticed that all my songs were missing… not a good thing, luckily I had taken all of the songs from the iPod and put them on my PC so I was covered, I thought oh well I’ll just plug it back in and re-sync it… not a big deal… wrong. After numerous attempts to re-sync I kept getting an error message, “Attempting to copy to the disk failed. An unknown error occurred (-69)”. I took the iPod into the Mac store, they poked and prodded and couldn’t get it fixed until something just happened and it worked for them, I took it home and thought, “oh wow I can finally listen to music again”, wrong.
So I’ve been doomed to the radio and cd’s for the past 5 months… that is not something that I enjoy, I’ve been virtually radio free for about 4 years and loved the freedom of listening to whatever songs that I want whenever I want, and to top it all off I found a torrent for the new Muse album that doesn’t come out for another month that I can’t enjoy in the peace of my vehicle, downright tragic.
So my solution, go back to the Apple store today and attempt to get the damn thing fixed one last time, if that doesn’t work I’d sure hate to drop another 200 or so bucks, but that may be the only viable answer =/. Maybe I’ll switch over to the Zune HD, it looks pretty solid and it’s got a good price, plus it has just enough space for me, none of that 120 gig nonsense that is a tad excessive for me. The Zune HD comes out on September 15th and comes in 2 sizes, 16 and 32 gig costing $220 and $290 respectively, check it out at http://www.zune.net/en-us/mp3players/zunehd/default.htm or if you have any idea of how to fix this problem please let me know.