Apple Anger!

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I have had my iPod Classic for about 17 years.  The original computer I used to synch it with iTunes is long dead.  I haven’t added any music to it in some time because I had synched it to too many computers (now all dead) over the years.  Recently, I had my first issue …

I need my music.  Music is SO important to me.  I listen to it at night while at work (often drowning out the conversations or non-stop babble of coworkers).  I listen to it when I take a walk.  I listen to it in my car (while connected with USB).  I have over 5000 songs on it, many of which I cannot find anywhere anymore.  I do NOT want to give it up.

Within the last few weeks, the one ear stopped working.  I thought it was just the headphones I was using, but upon trying other headphones, I discovered it was something in the iPod itself.  I contacted Apple Support tonight and was basically told that my iPod Classic (as well as an old Nano my son had) was “obsolete”.  I could try cleaning it with the bristles of a tooth brush or blow air into it to see if there was debris in it (which I did), but that didn’t work.  The only option she gave me was “try to go to an Apple store and they ‘may’ be able to fix it”.

The closest Apple store is an hour from me, and quite frankly, I don’t want to pay a ton of money just to have it looked at.  Besides, there are plenty of articles online about how when people had taken it in to be fixed, they were told it was beyond repair.  Right now if I connect it to my car USB, it plays in both speakers.  So, technically, it still works. I don’t want them to “break it further”!

I certainly don’t have the money to buy a new one, which is the iPod Touch (which, as you know, had a huge touch screen and is easily breakable even with a case, screen protector, and such).  Hell, the refurbished ones (with the space I have on my classic) is something like $200!  So, do I get one only to have it become “obsolete”, too?!

Apple – you disappoint me.  First, you made it so after a few computers, I couldn’t add music to my device.  Then, you update iTunes to the point where it won’t even connect to the device.  Then you basically don’t support your previous devices.  I cannot begin to voice my disappointment loud enough!  It angers me!  I know that I cannot be the only Apple customer who feels this way.  You didn’t even offer me a trade in toward a new device.  Sad.

I really don’t want a cheap MP3 player, but I guess that’s what I may end up doing.  I also will now need to make that list of songs on the iPod currently and begin to create a folder somewhere on my laptop or external drive to store them so that when I get another device I can put those songs on it.  I also will need to see about finding a way to get the ones that are unavailable for me to get, or things that I personally recorded for it, into some sort of file to transfer it over.

In the meantime, at least I can still listen to it in the car, and still use it on the dock while I DJ.  Hang in there old and obsolete friend….

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I’m making a list ….

The iPod Classic debuted in 2001.  At this particular time in my life, most of my music was on “mix tapes” or on CD’s.  It was about 2006 when I finally caved and bought my iPod.  I bought the 80 gig version.  The iPod has out lasted the computer that I originally used for iTunes!  Eventually, after loading it with over 5000 songs, I reached the point where I reached the maximum amount of computers that I could use for that iPod (I don’t know, maybe that’s changed now).  It has been some time since I added any music to it, but I am constantly listening to it!

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As a music guy, I HAVE to have music!  I have Pandora on my tablet, but I find that their play lists are often narrow, and even shuffling between my “favorite stations” doesn’t help.  My son had Spotify on his phone, and I really don’t know much about that.  I don’t use my phone for anything really but making calls, taking pictures, and surfing Facebook.  I don’t want to be using an App and find out it is using all my data (when I am not connected to Wi-Fi – which happens WAY too much!). When I want music – my music – I can grab my iPod and enjoy!  I can replay songs over and over if I want and I can skip songs I am not in the mood to hear.

I listen to my iPod a lot, especially at work.  There are times when I need to zone out and score studies that are running and I just need to tune out what else is going on in the tech room.  Other times, I find myself annoyed by the chatter of co-workers, so I “headphone”.  I can still watch patients and enjoy my music, while tuning out BS.  I have a pair of headphones that I use at work that are “noise cancelling”.  They are amazing – and sometimes allow me to escape into my own little musical world.

“Are these things broke?”

As one of my coworkers went off on a rant about something that just annoyed me last week, I reached for my trusty headphones and iPod.  When I put them on and pressed play, and only heard music from the left ear.  My first thought was that the headphones had a short in the cord – a very common occurrence. Yes, I paid extra for the “noise cancelling” feature, but they were not too expensive.  The headphones I wore when I work on the radio are about $100 for a pair, however, I probably only paid about $30 or $40 for these.

I began to push and pull and wiggle the cord of the headphones where it connected up by the ear.  Nothing.  I began to wiggle the cord down by where it plugged in to the iPod.  Nothing.  When I pushed down on it, the other ear came through.  Urgh!  It’s not the headphones, it’s the headphone jack of the iPod.  13 years of headphones in and out have finally taken its toll.

A buddy told me, “It’s no big deal.  You can still listen to it in one ear”.  This guy clearly has no idea about stereo and mono!  I have some Beatles stuff that is in stereo on my iPod.  If you are only listening in one ear, you are either hearing guitars with no vocals or vocals with no guitars!  It also ruins any type of classical music. You just miss the whole experience if you are listening to a classical piece in only one ear. I am sorry, but it IS a big deal!

The good news is that I can still connect it to the car and listen with no worries at all.  I just can’t listen at work anymore – which is a MAJOR problem for me.  I may actually have to look into a new or refurbished iPod.  The problem is how do I get the stuff from the old one to the new one?  Another problem is that much of the stuff I have on my iPod is stuff that I used to have on CD, but do not anymore.  I also don’t have a list of the songs that I have on the current iPod, because the computer(s) used for iTunes are long gone.

I guess I could just go buy a cheap MP3 player, but I know those don’t last.  This iPod is 13+ years old and outside of the headphone jack, still going strong!  Maybe a new iPod is something I really need to do.  There are plenty of albums and songs that have come out since the last time I added music to it that deserve a spot on my playlist.  Many of those songs I have on my external hard drive, which I use to DJ, and I will occasionally play that while working on the laptop.  It’s not my iPod, though….

So now it begins.  I am going to hit the “shuffle songs” feature and start at song #1.   I am going to start a list of every song on this iPod and that way when I am able, I can begin adding them to a new one.  I probably need to do a little digging as well, because I couldn’t remember my Apple ID from 2006 if my life depended on it.

Song #1 …. After Midnight – Eric Clapton.  Song #2 …. Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles.