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iPod Goodness

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After several months of hard work, I was finally able to shakedown my wife enough to agree to allow me to spend the money to get a 15GB iPod.

I’ve read about, as well as seen images of Apple’s extraordinarily close attention to detail when it comes to a person’s experience of opening up one of their products.

No wonder I’ve always been an avid Mac fanatic.

I opened up the box, and meticulously examined every piece that came in the box. I couldn’t believe how small it was. I remember seeing the original 5GB iPod at the Apple Store in Valley Fair Mall in San Jose a few years back, and it was twice the size as this one. It suddenly occurred to me how small the iPod Mini must really be. Whoa.

I connected it to my FireWire slot, and fired up iTunes (which I had already installed). Apparently I never knew how smart iTunes was either. I’ve got an MP3 folder, and all of my songs are organized by first letter of the group/artist. I took my (grand)parent MP3 folder and dropped it into my iTunes playlist. iTunes read through, and added all 2249 songs to my playlist, which I promptly synced with my new iPod. After about 10 minutes, my entire collection in one, single, ready-to-go spot.

Amazing. Simply amazing.

Ryan Parman

is an engineering manager with over 20 years of experience across software development, site reliability engineering, and security. He is the creator of SimplePie and AWS SDK for PHP, patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at WePay, defined much of the CI/CD and SRE disciplines at McGraw-Hill Education, and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at Amazon Web Services in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.