I’d Best Be Working Some Overtime, Then.

I have to admit, I’ve started to become a bit of an Apple fanboy in the wake of my Powerbook/MacBook Pro conversion, but even if I hadn’t started down the road to Macdom, I still would have lusted after an iPod. (Not a Nano, not a Shuffle, a full-up iPod. I want to store my whole music collection on a single device. Shiny?) There’s only one small problem: the iPod has always been just a bit too pricey for my tastes, thus I’ve never pulled the trigger on a purchase. Apple seems to have their collective head screwed on just right when it comes to the portable music player market, so it was with interest that I “tuned” in to Engadget’s live coverage of Apple’s Tuesday “Show Time” keynote/press conference/whatever. After the event began, I hit the “Refresh” button on my browser about once every two minutes or so. What follows is an illustrated guide to my approximate thought process as Jobs’ presentation proceeded.

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Blah, blah, blah, we’ve sold 50 gazillion iPods in its three model lines. Get on with it!

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The new features are nice. Brighter screen, longer battery life, new searchable interface. Cool.
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Games? Cool. Pac Man, Tetris, Zuma, Bejeweled. I can dig it.
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Wait, what? Did Steve just say “Bejeweled”? I’m dead. My wife has a severe Bejeweled addiction – has since the moment I showed it to her. It’s almost Penny-Arcade-bad.
Bejeweled!
Great. Now I’m going to have to buy onetwo of these suckers. Hey, at least Apple’s supposed to lower the prices, right?
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D’oh! Well, $50 is $50, right?

That’s pretty much where I actively tuned out, though I hear Apple announced a new Shuffle, new Nano, a streaming set-top box all in addition to their revised iPods.
Now, perhaps I could have sucked it up, saved some cash and just lumped the expense, but then I had to be an idiot and go and repeat my performance with Engadget’s live coverage of the U.S. reveal of the Nintendo Wii. To be released November 19th for $250, the Wii will include all necessary cables to hook it up to your TV, a sensor bar, one Wiimote controller, one “nunchuk” Wiimote attachment and a copyof Wii Sports which encompasses Wii Baseball, Wii Tennis, Wii Golf, Wii Bowling and Wii Boxing. Oh, and the Wii site was updated with a preview movie of the forthcoming Wii lineup and Game Videos released a Metroid Prime 3. Great, just great. Now how am I going to dredge up that much scratch in the next 2 months?
Anybody want to start a “Buy Doug a Wii and Two iPods” Fund? *grin*

2 Comments

Yea. I’ve bought 3 iPods since they came out. The last one I bought is a 60gig video so I’m done buying iPods until they can make coffee. The price doesn’t seem to stop people from getting them. I guess tru Mac enthusiast will go to any lenght to be the one with the new iPod.

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