iPod Comic – What Does Obsolete Mean?

Liz Prince (Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, Delayed Replays) has contributed a comic strip to the music site “if you make it” about upgrading ipods when they still work. (Click to see the whole strip.)

I’ve gone through the same thing, which got me thinking about how strange it is to have to upgrade something when it still works. We have a first-generation iPod (the one that’s the size of a deck of cards and has the mechanical scroll wheel) that thankfully still holds a charge, as well as a couple of newer ones that do video. On the bright side, it’s nice to have something you can travel with that won’t break your heart if it quits working or gets lost. And I guess it’s a testament to Apple that their products still work after so many years. My frugal side wants to stay happy with what I have, but it is tempting to expand the toys when they’re relatively cheap and so much of an improvement.

Plus, I adore the happy little faces Prince draws on her music players!


6 Responses to “iPod Comic – What Does Obsolete Mean?”

  1. Doc Midnight Says:

    I felt kinda weird about this. I replaced my video ipod when the connection for the headphones got all spotty. I went for an ipid touch which I love but recently my wife wanted to use my old device to listen to This American Life podcasts.

    At first I was all “NOOOO You can’t use it. It’s my first (kinda busted) ipod but then I came to my senses. I really don’t tend to replace items until they are dead dead dead but music delivery vehicles are just gold.

  2. Johanna Says:

    I find myself using slightly older iPods more as USB drives than music players, especially the Shuffle. Bless Apple for making that easy.

  3. James Schee Says:

    I love Ipods, of course I’ve never had to pay more that a $1 to try and win one.:) (there is a line up the boxes arcade game in the mall that I have good success at)

    My current favorite is the first Generation Ipod I have that came in a John Lennon box!

  4. James Schee Says:

    that’s Ipod touch! OOps! lol

  5. Thad Says:

    I hate that you can’t change the battery in the things. I’ve a 60GB — I want to say 4th gen but maybe it’s 5th, whatever the last one to support Firewire was. Battery won’t hold a charge anymore and it’s basically useless as anything but a portable hard drive now.

  6. Johanna Says:

    I’ve heard other people complain about the battery life not lasting as long as the hardware — which is weird to me, because just from my anecdotal experience, it appears that the 1st gens last a lot longer than the newer ones, battery life included. Maybe they started working in some more “planned obsolescence”?




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