Wednesday, September 07, 2005

collision detection: The snobbery of iPods, pt. 3 -- or Why MP3 Players Only Have 375 Songs On Them

A very fine essay on a strage behavior : 60 Gigs of space and listening to just a handful of songs.

collision detection: The snobbery of iPods, pt. 3 -- or Why MP3 Players Only Have 375 Songs On Them:

For a few years now, I've been arguing that iPods are a weird sort of snob technology. By which I mean: People use them mostly not to fulfil a utilitarian function -- i.e. to play music -- but rather to broadcast a message that they are true music aficionados. To walk around with the aery white earbuds jammed in your skull is to insist that you are the sort of person who not only needs to have music around you -- but needs to have 10,000 songs at your beck and call every second of the day, because nothing less would satisfy the subtle nuances of your all-encompassing taste: Cutting-edge German techno? Early Lomax folk blues recordings? Mozart? Your soul is on permanent shuffle. Mere labels cannot define you.


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