Mourning My iPod No More

Now playingThere’s few things in life I go anywhere without.

House keys.
Mobile phone.

Since September 2006 you can also add a 60gb video iPod to that list. In my pocket, in my bag, in work, in the van, on a bus, on a trip to Canada, on a trip to Germany – wherever I went, the iPod followed.

It had been a month since I’d seen it. I’d used the iPod (as I always do) in setting up the rig for the night, check sound levels, quick pan left and right and put it away. Collecting the gear the next morning, I grabbed the iPod, put it into the van (or at least thought I did) but it never made it back to Kilkenny. Any boxes, bags, anything small enough to hold the device have long been emptied.

Hell, even at the weekend I unscrewed the lower panels in the back of the van just in case it had some how slipped in behind them.

Alas, no.

Flash to Monday of this week and I was hovering with my finger over the publish button on this post, which ultimately had a different outcome. In Monday’s post I would have talked about how the iPod was an extension of my being. Like a lost puppy it followed me absolutely everywhere – gigs, walking around town, working out, around the house, in my camera bag, in work, in the van, never leaving my side. I would have talked about how strange it is to get attached to a digital device. I’ve had phones I’ve loved, laptops I’ve loved but when something *just works* and shows no sign of needing an upgrade or update, provides great battery life (through care), hasn’t a mark on it (bar some wear on the back) and does everything I need it to do, then obviously I’m going to get attached to it. That said, this is the iPod I upgraded the firmware on.

Plus at the time, it was a considerable investment, breaching the 450 euro mark (yes, in typical Apple fashion it wasn’t long before they announced the 80gb slim models but there you go…).

Ever since the secondary school days I’ve had some form of portable music player sitting in my bag – hell even go back to primary school days where I would accept sitting through slower renditions of my favourite songs because the batteries in my walkman weren’t totally depleted. Walking to work in Waterford my minidisc would sit happily in my pocket. On the bus home from college by Creative Zen Jukebox would provide me with some musical interludes between conversations. But in the 18 months I’ve had my iPod it never left my side.

Yesterday I would have talked about how it was time to look for another iPod. I didn’t necessarily need wifi, but maybe it would be interesting. I didn’t necessarily need to go to a 160gb classic model, but maybe the extra space would come in handy some day. However, I had also resigned myself to the fact that replacing my iPod would, in the present climate, have to take a lower priority on the list of things I’ve got lined up. Plus, if I was going iPod touch route I’d certainly try and organise something overseas rather than pay Apple’s silly exchange rate where US$1 = รขโ€šยฌ1.

But, no more.

Rummaging through a bag of XLR cables needing to be repaired on Monday (and stuck with a tube of masking tape around it) the mourning of a device turned to sheer joy. Battery drained, marked up from the tape (comes of with cleaning) but a full charge via USB and the world is back to normal.

I think I’d been physically upset at losing the iPod, such is my attachment to it. Or at the very least angry with myself for having misplaced it to begin with. How it ended up in the bag is beyond me as I certainly didn’t put it there – I wouldn’t mind only I’d been through that bag before and had it out at two gigs since.

At least now I can empty iTunes of all the podcast content I’ve downloaded.


  1. Aido February 20, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I went through the same pains recently. I was out in the car and feeling the urge to listen to some Gilbert O’Sullivan I reached in to the glove box and grabbed my ipod. I connected it to the FM transmitter and turned it on. Instead of jumping to life my ipod displayed a little sad face. I left it on charge for a few days, and tried the usual resetting options. I called apple tech support and again they tried their usual iCPR techniques. Sadly we lost the little chap. It was horrible but Apple being Apple were very helpful and without questioning anything they replaced it, joyful joyful!

  2. Ken McGuire February 20, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Damn, that was nice of them. Had you the iPod long, Aido?

    Balls to losing the iPod all the same though. God forbid I see my own iPod firing out a sad face. That said, you’ve reminded me I need to replace my FM transmitter. Sick of wiggling the cable to make sure I’m hearing things in stereo. That and it’s lost the ability to charge the iPod ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Aido February 20, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Got it last year, the really cool thing about Apple is (when you buy direct) they can tell you exactly how many days warranty you have left ๐Ÿ™‚

    Its always worth registering Apple products for that very reason. They replaced the screen on my MacBook G4 under warranty after someone walked on it all because that model had a recall, I’d bought it off e-bay but that didn’t matter, the original unit was faulty so that was another win win with Apple for me

  4. Aido February 20, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Actually, my mate in the AA has the Belkin cradle (plugs into cig) it rocks compared to the messy cable version I have. Granted mine displays the song title but the cradle is much better

  5. Ken McGuire February 20, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    It’s a cradle type that I’ve been using almost as long as I’ve got the iPod. Mind you, if I could pick up a cradle that also transmitted the name of the song… that’d be a bonus.

    Tried the Griffin iTrip but didn’t like it at all, found the connection rather flaky. Decent reception if it was grounded in some way (if I had my finger on it), other than that it was relatively poor.

  6. Ian February 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Congrats on finding the iPod.Let me know if the firmware upgrade works for yours,it sent mine into disk mode and I had to put everything back on it,slow process.
    Like the new look of the site ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ian February 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    “I blog about tech things”


  8. Ken McGuire February 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    @ian – Sure why not, it’s true isn’t it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Will let you know about the firmware, planning on testing it either late tonight or tomorrow evening now that I’ve found it again!

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