my ancient iPod

Terry and I went to a traveling Smithsonian exhibit in San Jose a number of years ago. They had one of the Apollo capsules there and a woman told a group of kids, “That’s really old!” iPodThat did not please me in the least given that I was growing up in the days of the space program before the shuttle. When Apollo 11 landed on the moon on 20 July 1969 I was between my sophomore and junior years of high school. Still, the best response that I could muster on the spur of the moment was, “Hey, Lady!”

What is old is a matter of perception. By the standards of today’s technology my iPod is ancient. Apple has a web page that allows you to identity what model iPod you have. Although the model numbers don’t match, I seem to have a fifth generation iPod. It has a Click Wheel and appears to be the first model to support video. It was released in October 2005.

It still works well. It has a lot of music on it, but I use it primarily to listen to lectures from The Great Courses while walking or doing yard work. I’m glad it’s still going strong. Today’s technology is all about streaming and I don’t have WiFi when I’m out walking.

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