Saturday, September 23, 2006

Mama got a new toy, again.

I have a 2002 Infiniti and my sister has a 2002 Maxima and both of us have had trouble with the factory stereo. She has had hers replaced twice already and I haven't bothered. It's the CD player. The CD players don't play worth shit, the discs skip. The later model cars have better stereos but almost everyone I know who has a pre-2004 Infiniti has had this same problem.

At home, I have an umbrella cockatoo. She's a sweetie pie but she gives off a fine powder like dander and my CD player just couldn't handle it, so after about 6 years of this stuff, it went kaput.

I really grew tired of listening to the radio, so I went to Best Buy and I bought an i-pod. I also bought a thingy that lets me play the music through the radio in my car. I've already downloaded five or six CD's on the thing.

When I went to bed last night I thought of my sister. She has always been the one in the family with a passion for music. All music.

She is 10 years older than I am. When I was little, like about seven, we each had one of those little record players that looked like a box. It had a lid with a hinge on it and it latched when it was closed. I think hers was purple. She also had one of those hand-held tape players, not a cassette style, but a reel to reel one. When I would go into her room, I would have to be very quiet because she would record music from the record to the tape player. This was before "auxilliary" outlets were available that you allowed to record directly from one device to another.

I can't believe how far we have travelled in my lifetime. It's all going so fast.

About 4 or 5 years ago, I had my car broken into and all of my favorite CD's stolen. Then it happened again about a year later. It got to the point I didn't want to keep them in my car. So, WOW, how cool is this to have everything loaded onto this tiny little device that fits in my purse. I called my insurance company and confirmed that it was covered under my renters policy if it ever gets lost or stolen. So is my blackberry.

This little ipod is so cool; I think MacIntosh is on to something.


Freebird said...

We have come a long way. I remember listening to stuff on 8-track as a kid. That stereo/8 track player we had at home was HUGE. It looked like a darn coffin!

Nathan wants an I-Pod so looks like I'll be in the market for one about Christmas-time.

Cathy said...

I'm still trying to figure out how to use my DVD player. I used to make fun of my mother because she didn't know how to set the "new fangled" alarm clock. Things are changing so quickly that I now understand how my mother felt. I'm completely lost.

My daddy was into it though. He loved his music. A couple of years ago he ordered all this equipment that allowed him to put music from his albums on to CD's. He would spend hours in his study working on it. Last Christmas we gave him an I-Pod. He downloaded nearly 500 songs onto that thing and would take it to his chemo appointments. His grasp of all thr new technology was quite impressive.

A couple of weeks ago I order a Marianne Williamson CD. When it came in I had to get Taylor to show me how to get his darn CD player to work. I'm doomed to be behind the times with stuff like that.

Katy said...

Good to see you posting again!

I, too, feel like a complete luddite. How I would love to have an iPod, but I think until the day comes when I can afford to upgrade all of my equipment, I'm going to have to be satisfied with my current music delivery system (CD).

Congrats on your new purchase.

A Girl From Texas said...

Just so you guys know, there is a downside. You need a lot of HARD DRIVE space. The CD's go onto your hard drive and they stay there. You're hard drive exports them to the i-pod but they are managed by your PC. And, you can only have your library on ONE computer.

So, it looks like I'm going to have to save up and get an external hard drive.

Hi Katy! It was a tough purchase because it was not cheap. I love music and I've been restricted to radio, so I'm glad I was able to do this.

Chris said...

Elizabeth got one for her birthday and she absolutely loves it. She has a car adapter so she can play it over the car speakers too.