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Tiny victory over "the man"... [Nov. 28th, 2012|09:23 pm]
Apple makes some fine products, and some awfully sexy ones. But I was running into a frustrating situation. I have a Honda Fit[1], whose factory stereo interfaces with an iPod. Not a Zune, not an Android device, an iPod(/phone/pad, I reckon).

I have on the order of 30 gigs of music. So, my 16 gig iPod Touch isn't good enough to hold all my music, and even if I had purchased the 32 gig Touch, I'd end up having to swap out music someday. If I want to hold all of my new music, I'd need to spend $225 on a new iPod classic.

Then I realized that I was being silly. I don't need a new iPod. I could buy used! I mean, what, the battery is nearly dead? Who cares! The USB plug that feeds the stereo is both a charger and a reader.

And then I realized I was being even more silly. I don't need a used 160 gb iPod classic - an old fashioned 80gb iPod would be just fine. So, now, for half the cost of a new iPod classic, I have all of my music collection ready to be played in my car. And, I didn't pay extra money for a (let's face it) somewhat overpriced MP3 player to a company that has more than enough money already. Plus, it was probably good for the environment, and meant one less iPod through the factory in China....

[1] Depression, (n): A state in which it's not abnormal for one to realize one has bought a new car four months ago and hasn't told one's online friends...

[User Picture]From: wyang
2012-12-03 11:45 am (UTC)

and then, five days later....

First off... Honda annoys me with their assumption that everyone will use a style-based (rather than use case base) technology like an ipod. I bought a USB cable and a audio dubbing cable, so that I could rely on the audio aux port to feed music from my android device. (It also is great when the kids want to watch a movie on a laptop, because we can pipe the music into the whole car and give a surround sound experience in the car... ;-)

Secondly... I'd never considered purchasing a cheap, used ipod for music only. That's a tremendous idea. Thank you!

Finally... you got a new car -- congratulations!

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