I am now working on a large university campus and am amazed by the students with iPod buds hanging from their heads. There’s nothing like carrying your soundtrack along with you! I have to admit that now I feel a bit more comfortable wearing my (non-iPod) mp3 player. My little secret however is that I am not listening to tunes, but instead another wonderful outcrop of the iPod phenomenon – the podcast. I can download podcasts from a myriad of places and listen to them at my leisure.
These devices have made me come to realize that there is almost always a tune in my head. Quite frankly, an mp3 player gets in the way of my internal soundtrack if for no other reason, the shear capacity and fast shuttling that occurs in my inner-iPod. I wonder if an external device like the iPod will reduce my internal song inventory. I’ve posted before about how online maps (and autoflush toilets) may be inhibiting our abilities. (the Luddite inside me?).