On my birthday and the few days after, you may have seen me talking about the death of my iPod, otherwise known as PhilPod. I think the HDD in it has failed, when I plug it into my Mac it whirrs, pops and clicks and doesn’t register at all in iTunes. On the day in question two or three times the unhappy Mac appeared on the screen and I knew that was it. My iPod had died after three years of providing me with music on the go it is no more.
It did leave it’s mark, and me in a bit of distress for an hour or so. No not because it was gone, although it was sad, but because on it’s way it crippled my iTunes Library. In a vain attempt to bring PhilPod back to life, I plugged it into my iMac to try to reset it one last time. I was greeted with that same whirring and popping as well as the usual do not disconnect message on screen. However it did not register on my iMac or in iTunes and after half an hour I decided it was time to pull the plug. iTunes continued playing and all seemed well, unitil I wanted to change the album I was listening to. iTunes wasn’t responding. No biggie, time to force quit. Biggie. iTunes process quit, but the iTunes icon didn’t. There it sat in the dock going no where. The end result after a log out and a launch of iTunes. My iTunes Library had been locked. Fortunately, it’s all fixed (post on how to come!) and no data was lost.
So what next? Well as my iPod died on my birthday, I thought it fitting to use the money I got as gifts towards a replacement. After some thought this morning I plumped for a black 3G iPod nano (8GB) from Amazon. It’s only cost me Â£109 plus postage thanks to an Amazon voucher, which is a heck of a lot cheaper than Apple. I’m not bothered by the loss in capacity, as by the end my iTunes Library wouldn’t fit on my 20GB PhilPod, so this will only serve to make me more selective in what music to carry with me. I’m looking forward to smallness and the possibility of Nike Plus in the future.
To finish. RIP PhilPod.