I've had a long and tumultuous history with the iPod. I bought a 3rd-generation one that, after being dropped one too many times, stopped producing sound. Apple replaced it, but I was shocked at how fragile they were. When the 60GB came out, I bought it; I had so much unheard music waiting for me on iTunes, I figured it made sense.
Through no fault of my own, the LCD screen went haywire; I can't see a damn thing on the iPod. The problem is, I never bought more gear for the damn thing; no protective holster, etc. It has scratches. Worse yet, I left it out in a cabin while semi-camping one night and woke up to find it covered in pollen-ish residue. So I was nervous about sending it for repair, warranty or no.
Well. No repair. And I've spent over $600 on two iPods, both defective. So fuck this shit. But what this means has broader implications: no more music on the streets. I'll basically only listen to music at night, when I'm working on my laptop. I won't be able to pull up anything on command unless my iPod (which will basically be like an external hard drive) is plugged in.
End of an era of 3 years of music on demand anywhere, anytime. Moment of silence, but my much-abused ears will probably thank me.
Coming up: The Walkmen, Camera Obscura, Phoenix, Rhymefest.