no me gusta la iPod
Tuesday, October 10 2006
I have an old D-Link DMP-HD610 MP3 player. It's an ugly, clunky TRS-80ish thing with the standard faux silver finish typical of early D-Link equipment. I bought it back in 2002 or so, at around the time of the first iPod. Like the iPod of the time, it contained a 10 gigabyte hard drive, though the DMP-HD610 used standard laptop hard drives, which were cheaper than the micro hard drives used in the iPod. The interface is clunky and muy feo, but it actually works fairly well. Since it still works, I thought I'd replace its hard drive with a 60 gigabyte drive that was "just lying around." The hard drive seemed to work fine once inside the DMP-HD610, but it was unrecognizable when the DMP-HD610 was attached to a computer through the USB cable. At first I thought this was some sort of compatibility problem. Was the DMP-HD610 modern enough to be Windows XP compatible? It turns out that it was; the problem was that its simple-minded firmware was incapable of mounting drives of any size other than the ten gigabytes it expected to contain. That sucks, but the DMP-HD610 still has two advantages over an iPod (which I will never own). Firstly, the hard drives can easily be accessed and removed or replaced from behind a clipped-in hatch. Secondly, the rechargeable battery can also be removed from behind another, smaller hatch. Being able to access the batteries and media is important in an electronic device. Otherwise, the device is, on some level, disposable and non-upgradeable. People who accept these limitations in order to have the same thing owned by everyone else in class/in the office/on the street is a microcosm of what's wrong with this country. iPods are a total racket, manipulating people's uncontrollable reptilian brains with sleek curves and shiny smooth surfaces. Once seduced, they're trapped in what amounts to a vast retail music store controlled by one company, buying songs in proprietary formats and wondering vainly how to transfer music out of their beautiful little white puddles of cum.
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