My Apple experience has been such an amazing journey, I felt compelled to write a blog post about it.  The journey started in November of 2007, I got my first iPod.  Now don’t take me wrong, back then, I would have never purchase an Apple product.  At the time, I was like other Apple haters too proud to actually try one.  However, my wife showed up at the house with an 8gig iPod Nano 3rd generation.  She had actually won the iPod in a game at the arcade.  I proceeded to pull the iPod out of its package and see what this little thing could do.  Within minutes, I was amazed.  This device could hold more songs than anyone could listen to in a full day.  However, the thing that really got me hooked was the podcast tab.

Prior to having this nano I would download podcast and put them on a memory stick to listen to in the car.   What a pain in the A** that was.  Using the USB method, I could never seem to figure out where I was or where I left off.   In addition I would have to try to correlate some cryptic mp3 name to the actual title of the podcast I listened to.  Ugh!  The second problem with listening to podcast without the iPod was that I had to go and actually pull the files from several different websites.  At this time there was no podcatcher that could sync with a USB device.  Keep in mind when I say sync I mean it would actually track whether or not I listened to a podcast or not.  Even if there was a software out there, I definitely couldn’t build a playlist.  Not the type of playlist I wanted, that is!

Within a few minutes of having this thing out of the box I downloaded iTunes.   Installed it on my PC, sorry no macs here.  I still want one,but need to save some $$ so I can get the one I would like.   Within a few minutes of having iTunes installed I discovered how easy it was to drag music over to my player.  I had not discovered the iTunes store and Podcast yet.  In fact iTunes actually searched my hard drive for music already there, and added it to my library.  Can’t beat that!  Although I was quite impressed with the device, I was still hesitant to actually use iTunes to its fullest.  I would manually download the mp3 podcasts and just drag them on to the iPod.  The only saving convience at this point was that I could dock my iPod on my car radio vs use a memory stick.  I did this for a few weeks until I had a little extra time and spoke to a friend who was a heavy apple user.  He asked, with a confused look on his face, why didn’t I use the sync function with podcasts via the iTunes store.  I asked why do I need the iTunes store, I am not buying music?

The iTunes store, an undiscovered world.  Ignorantly, I thought that only music was contained in the iTunes store,  I didn’t realize “free” podcast were there.   I soon discovered that all this work I was doing downloading mp3’s could be done by simply clicking a button in the iTunes store.  I wished someone had told me sooner.  In fact, I wish someone would have explained to me the benefits to an iPod vs just the average mp3 player.  Needless to say, this experience converted me.  Over the next few years, I found more reasons to stay with Apple.

What are your experiences?  Why do you like an iPod vs the other guys?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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