One of "those" posts

Like you're watching your spam email download before you post and think, “I've got sh*t.”

So...

Well...

Hmmmm...

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OK, here's what I've got:

While painting at El Rancho, I listened to Pam Houston's Sight Hound on tape. Just as they were about to put down the dog (you know the dog dies, right?), my Walkman starts to hum. Really loud. Loud enough that the narrator's voice was completely obscured. Without boring you with the machinations involved in locating the source of the problem (swearing at the unit) I had to wait 24 hours before hearing the book's climax and denoument.

I'm of sufficient vintage that until now, I've failed to see the utility of an I-pod. I don't need "my" music with me; if I did, I suppose I would've ripped it onto my computer and gotten headphones. But books. Books you can listen to while cleaning the toliet. Making dinner. Or knitting. 

Then, our friend Bob, told me about LibriVox, where you can download free MP3 files of audio books in the public domain. While I might not run to the Thomas Hardy selections, a little Mark Twain might be fun, or in the spirit of the season, Dracula? Do you think The Communist Manifesto might be diverting while hanging laundry?

So, here's my question: How much 'pod do you need to listen to books? I'm liking the idea of a used I-pod.

Running to Craigslist, now.

 

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October 16. 2006 00:26

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don't buy used. sorry. i LOVE my ipods and the one thing you don't want is one that might have been ill-treated or just plain worn out.

(my first ipod has been replaced about every 6-8 months, under warranty. it stops holding a charge. it's a 3rd generation. the new 5g video ipod seems much more durable, but is total overkill for audio books. me, i watch lost and such on it. Smile

for audio books, the shuffle (1gb) is more than enough to keep you very happy, and is cheap cheap. and  has a warranty.
http://www.apple.com/ipodshuffle/">http://www.apple.com/ipodshuffle/

you could certainly get a used ipod that will last and last, but i wouldn't risk it. the new one is $79. i'd go with that, if i were you.

amyknitty |

October 16. 2006 00:34

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I agree with Amy -- 1GB is enough to load about three books at a time, depending on length, so more capacity isn't really necessary.

My library has an online link to netlibrary.com, which, if your library participates, also lets you download MP3-based audiobooks. The catch is that they are rights-protected using the Windows Media Audio format, so they don't work with Macs or iPods.

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October 16. 2006 09:10

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definitely new...no used.  you are worth it!  besides, how exciting to think I know someone who wants an iPod to listen to Twain and The Communist Manifesto?!  very cool.  go for it.

John |

October 17. 2006 02:43

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I own the old 1g shuffle and I usually get 2 books on it.   The new shuffles come with built in clips so you can clip the little bogger to you which Im totally diggin!!!  Guess I need to write a letter to Santa....

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