My iPod Nano (6th Gen).
I purchased this Nano way back in 2010. In Japan at that. It's been through a lot with me.
This was the third iPod I had ever owned (my previous iPod Classic had died and an iPod Shuffle was one of the biggest mistakes I had ever made as a consumer).
It was with me for a big chunk (mostly later half) of my high school days. I still remember how there was this one time when I accidentally dropped it in a public bathroom after I had done a number 2 in it before school. Worst yet, I hadn't flushed yet. Having to reach in and take it out was an, interesting, experience. Despite that it was sturdy for a large number of years though.
Hundreds upon hundreds of songs have been in this iPod (albeit at different times). Maybe even thousands. Living in Japan (one of the few places on Earth that still uses CDs, even to this day) had it's benefits as it gave me a steady supply of ripped MP3 files for pretty low prices (I had access to a lot of mom-and-pop music stores in Japan) without me having to resort to being a thief.
This was the iPod that was in my pocket when I graduated from high school (I don't keep wallets or iPods or phones in my book bag unattended).
This was the iPod that went with me to Yokohama for my one year of college in Japan.
This was the iPod that came with me when I came back to the US in 2013. It stuck it out with me throughout my first two years of community college and it was also there when I entered my current four year college.
It provided me with hours upon hours of entertainment/music to entertain me during long boring conversations er, I mean train rides.
In fact, I had two songs on this iPod that had reached the 1,000 play count plateau. The Killers' Somebody Told Me (my favorite song EVER!) and Daft Punk's Instant Crush (my second favorite song ever, probably).
Now the only remnants of what was once my iPod is a white screen of death and a library of what was once inside when I connect it to iTunes.
I suppose I could take it to an Apple Store to see what can be done about it, but I'd assume the answer is zero. This is a six year old device, what are they going to do about it?
I guess I could see if anyone has ever successfully fixed this by themselves but I'm not too handy when it comes to electronics so... :P.
For now I'll keep it as is as a momento.
Now begins the search for a new iPod. I went to a local Apple Store to ask about any iPods they had, the ones they had were around $150. Yikes. I know what I'm getting myself on X-Mas though.
But for me this brings up the question, how do people listen to music nowadays? My iPhone definitely can't serve as an iPod because all of the apps and the two pictures I took take up most of my phone's memory. And that's to say nothing of how the battery would be annihilated if I listened to music on this thing like I did with my iPod.
I understand that young people nowadays use streaming or something but screw that. I'm a 20-something who grew up in the 2000's, meaning I need a device that plays digitally compressed audio files at my command that I don't have to waste data on.
And no I am not getting a CD player, cassette player or record player. I am not lugging around machinery popularized during the last century.
Oh well. Thanks for lasting nearly a decade though iPod. You lasted three more years that I thought you would, that's for sure.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).