iPod Classic

New life in an old friend

I confess, I’m an Apple fan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an over-the-top fanatic, but I love their products and always have (I even owned a Newton). Why? Well, because they work. They fit my lifestyle, they are fun, they last a LONG time and, they have personality. Yes, I said they have personality. I don’t know of a single PC owner who has named their computers (if there are some out there, let me know, I’m curious). I do know of several Mac owners who have named theirs (my husband included who named his Mac SE “Mr. Chips”). And when I say they last a long time, I’m not kidding. My daughter is doing her homework on an old iBook G3 that has to be at least 12 years old if it’s a day. The stuff lasts. That said, on occasion you get something that starts to act flakey after a few years.

This happened with my iPod Classic. One day it just decided it didn’t have any music and trying every conceivable thing I could think of to restore it failed. I even took it to the Apple store to see if they could fix it. It holds my ENTIRE music library along with a ton of podcasts I like to listen to when working or working out. Since they don’t make them anymore, I was at a loss about what to do. I have an iPhone, but I don’t have the space on it for all the music and podcasts with all the apps I have so putting the music on it really wasn’t an option.

What would you do? Probably what I did. I researched solutions online. Everything I tried wouldn’t revive it so I just set it aside and resigned myself to having to buy a lower capacity iPod as a replacement.

A few months go by while I’m trying to decide which one I want, and lo, and behold I find the old iPod Classic on the shelf where I set it last. In a last-ditch effort, I plugged it into a charger and it at least turned on. I tried synching it, but no luck. My husband, bless him, said “Let me try synching it on my old iMac, maybe I can get it to work.” And guess what? He found a way to bring it back to life with some trial and error (probably because he’s more patient with some of this than I am).

I hadn’t realized how much I missed my “friend” until I was able to listen to it with it snugly in my pocket. As I sit here now, I’m listening to an old Celtic music podcast on it. Here’s to new (old) life in a new year!

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