Being Behind the Curve Can Put You Ahead

Technology: a true story

I have owned an iPod for several years.  It was a gift from my husband who thought it was time for me to come out of the dark ages when it came to music listening devices.

An oldie but a goodie

 I have used it over time-certainly not maximized it but used it.  In this life beyond flat-out work, I thought it would be handy to take the iPod to the gym.  During a visit to the local Apple store I asked if there was a carrying case for my ol’ iPod.  The “Genius” at the store could hardly wipe the smile off his face.  While he didn’t say it outright-what I took away from his response was ” Are you kidding?  That thing is an antique.  They manufactured that iPod before I was born”.  

Apple Can Find You

When you buy a product from Apple and you register for warranty, they can find you.  We’ve changed provinces since the iPod purchase but recently I got an e-mail from Apple:

Dear iPod nano owner,

Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation)may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod nano (1st gen) and follow the process noted below to order a replacement unit, free of charge.

Moral of the Story: It Pays to Be a Luddite

I plan to follow the process and return this stone age iPod and receive another iPod Nano. It appears the replacement will be another 1st gen so the Apple Genius at the Apple store probably won’t have accessories for me.  I was hoping for a new one-it’s the size of a large postage stamp.  How many 1st gen iPods are still around?  Where do you think they went-are they all attending some group therapy sessions for unloved and unwanted technology?