I have an iPod again! My beloved iPod, which was a second-generation one, purchased two years ago when it was the newest model, has met a slow and painful death. I have a long, troubled history with my iPod, and the one that just died was my third. I had to send the first two back to be replaced, one within two months of my receiving it. This one lasted just over a year before biting the dust. I need to contact customer service about repairing it, but I just haven't gotten around to doing so yet.
For the past few months the iPod would work sporadically. Some days it would function just fine; on others it would lock up after 5 minutes. I could usually jump start it by doing a hard shut down or connecting it to the computer and firing up iTunes. But it eventually got to the point where not even a hard shut down would start it, and the iTunes stopped recognizing it. I think the latest iTunes software is just too advanced for my ancient model iPod.
So while we were at S. Padre, I checked on eBay for iPods. I had heard that lots of people were selling their fifth generation devices because they'd gotten iPhones. It turns out I'd heard correctly - I had more than 200 to bid on. After several tries, I won a fifth generation black iPod with 30GB for $150. Yay.
But then the waiting begain. It took contacting the guy I bought it from 2 times for him to actually ship it. And then he ended up sending it to the wrong address and it was returned to him. Last week I sent him my correct address, and the iPod finally arrived today.
Fortunately Lily and Campbell were in rest time and Ella was at school so I could play with it without being bothered. I've restored the drive and put all my music/books/videos on it and renamed it. I haven't had a chance to watch a video or show on it yet, but I'm looking forward to testing it out.
In the meantime, I will be catching up on all the podcasts that have been collecting while I've been iPod-less. It's been a very long three weeks not having one. I wonder how we ever got along before iPods were invented?