I hate to admit it….but I’m now addicted to my iPod. I’ve loaded on lots of my CDs (and have spent a bit of cash at iTunes) and now can have my favorite music whenever and wherever I want. I’m not really a very music-oriented person, but this….is great. (I can even now enjoy my favorite Ethiopian jazz; I got turned on to it by the many Ethiopian, Tigrayan, and Eritrean cab drivers in D.C.)
And when I’ve got more of a chance to concentrate, I can listen to books from Audible.com. I’ve gotten through a bit of Roman history (including the works of Sallust) and hope soon to move on to the unabridged Gibbon. The iPod is so much better than the other devices I had tried, which didn’t allow you to rewind to find your place in the text, something that I find necessary when listening to recorded books.
(I also found that having my little iPod allowed me, for the first time in my life, to be a DJ at the birthday party for my friend Pierre Garello at the IES Europe seminar in Romania.)