I somehow managed to break my .mp3 player this weekend. It still works -- for now -- but I can't change the volume. The good news is that playing the new Maroon 5 CD really loud is really motivational at the gym. (Not so much for The New Pornographers or Ryan Adams. But I digress.)
So, now I need to make a decision -- iPod or not. Last time, Justin convinced me to go with the non-iPod -- and then he bought an iPod -- but now he's come full circle.
But I think I might have come full circle on this too. Over the winter, I ripped all my music -- as of today, 11475 songs, or 43.79 GB -- onto a portable hard drive. And while that works fine with Windows Media Player, let's face it, buying digital music through iTunes is now the standard. Plus, there's a size issue -- everything I own could easily fit it all on an 80GB iPod. Or I could get a nano, preferably one of the (Product) Red ones.
Of course, I could just get another Rio. I really liked my old one, plus, it's cheaper than an equivalent iPod. But that's probably true for a lot of the non-iPod .mp3 players -- most of which I know nothing about.
Then again, do I really need a new .mp3 player at all? I mean, this still works well enough for the gym, at least for the time being. Plus, I have the Motorola SLVR, which works with iTunes (it holds 100 songs), and which I use on my very short commute. In a worst-case scenario, I could just start taking it to the gym.