I’ve always been slow to change, especially when it comes to technology and now that I’m over 60, I’m really particular about making changes. My logic is, if something is working, why go out any buy something else just because it’s the latest thing on the market? That’s not a good reason to spend money. Anyway, my sisters were singing the praises of the Ipod, so when my youngest sister switched to an Iphone I decided to take her Ipod off her hands. I figured since Ipods have been around for a little while now, I’d be safe.
For those of you who are hooked on Ipods, I’m sure you would agree that the Ipod is a very fascinating device. How handy it is to have all those precious little apps at your fingertips and how convenient to carry your favorite songs and photos wherever you go! I soon discovered, however, that at my age the learning curve for some of these “I” gadgets (Ipods, Iphones and Ipads), are well beyond what my mind wants (or needs) to tackle. Fortunately between my sister and I, we were able to unravel some of the mysteries of Itunes (which you have to learn in order to be able to successfully use the Ipod). After a few weeks now of fiddlin’ and fussin’ with this thing, I think I can finally settle down and actually enjoy it. I thought I should share some things I’ve learned about this remarkable device, just in case there are others out there who are just as Ipod-challenged as I am.
First of all, avoid the urge to get angry at the Apple customer service rep you talk to-and yes, you will talk to them regularly. Hopefully you have purchased the right to talk to them for a year or so. No need to panic the first time the thing crashes. They will tell you how to restore it. They will tell you lots of things. For the most part, they are very patient and sympathetic towards people over the age of 60.
Itunes rules the Ipod. You have to learn it and at least get a passing grade in basic Itunes 101 before you know how the two entities interact. Note, for example, If you don’t check the “Sync Apps” or “Sync Music” box, you will make no progress.
Secondly, there is great advantage in learning to make playlists for your music. This will give you some strange (but necessary) sense of control over what songs you will sync to the Ipod. Please note, if you’re adding Handel’s Messiah and it was ripped from two CDs, you may need to re-number the tracks. Otherwise they will play in a strange order that Handel did not have in mind.
Next, you must remember that not all apps are created equal. (Apps is short for applications, in case you don’t know). Some of them will crash when you load them, and you won’t get your .99 cents back. Some promise to upgrade and fix the bugs, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen. Some that are free are actually a better product than the one you paid .99 cents for.
The next thing you must know is that your Ipod battery will drain fast. It will drain a lot more slowly if you turn off the Wi-Fi when you don’t need to use it. And speaking of batteries, the way the Ipod is made does not allow you to open the back of the case when the battery is low. You will constantly be recharging a battery you’ll never see but at least you will save money on buying AA and AAA batteries since the Ipod doesn’t use them.
Other thoughts and general considerations:
Don’t forget, your new toy is man made and like anything man makes, it is subject to fail.
It is subject to scratches if you don’t keep it in a case. You must keep the thing protected, including the screen. As you apply the peel-and-stick screen protector, try not to get lint on the sticky part.
It is also likely that your dog might gnaw on your Ipod. If this happens, you will be out of some money.
Your other set of earbuds will probably not fit in the Ipod.
You will invariably forget to bring the Ipod with you when you’re sitting in a doctor’s office, waiting for the nurse to call your name.
The process of synching is not a perfect art.
If you have to type anything using the keypad, your fingers are going to be too fat to hit the right “keys”.
Your Ipod will malfunction just when you were finally winning the game of Scrabble.
The Ipod wall charger adapter will probably break within a week. They’re not made all that sturdy, so what can I say? You can get another one for real cheap on EBay.
It’s interesting they call these things 2G, 3G, etc, for generation. I bet the folks at Apple who made them weren’t in our generation! In spite of it all, I do enjoy my Ipod. Maybe I’m just too Ipod-challenged to know any better.