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Tuesday, May 18, 2004  
PANIC on the streets of Dawlish
So I went for a long walk tonight with the iPod as usual, covered a few miles, enjoyed the balmy late spring evening and unusual warmth. A couple of times while playing Embrace the iPod stopped itself. This is not too unusual (not while playing Embrace specifically, mind), and whilst it always makes me nervous I figure that with such high-technology occasional problems are par for the course. Then I got home, stuck the newly arrived Radiccio CD in the PC, uploaded the tracks to iTunes, deleted the old, downloaded versions, sorted an affected playlist, and attached iPod. NOTHING. Nada. Zip. iTunes crashed. Tried euPOD. Couldn't find iPod. Shit shit shit. Do Not Disconnect. Shit shit shit. Disconnect it. Buttons clicking but not responding. Attach. Detach. Shit shit shit. PANIC. Thoughts of little iPod transport coffins and replacement models come terrifyingly to mind. I LIKE my iPod, I LIKE the scratch down the screen, I LIKE the scuffs, I LIKE the engraving. Read the manual. Plug it in to the power but not the PC. Toggle 'hold'. Press and hold 'play/pause'. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Shit shit shit. Phone Emma.
"iPod broken."
"Shit shit shit."
"I've read the manual. Downloading new iTunes. May contact Apple."
"Good luck."
Read manual again. Press and hold 'play/pause' AND 'menu'. Do so. LIFE! I AM SAVED! Heartrate approaches normal. All the playlists still there. Charging as normal. iTunes 4.5 downloaded and installed. Rejigs playlists music files blah blah blah. Attach iPod. Updates iPod. euPOD updates volume tags. SORTED.

I kiss you, iPod.


5/18/2004 10:29:00 pm


Blogger 3Cees - 11:05 pm

That title is from "Panic" by The Smiths. Which was easy enough.

Glad to hear your iPod was okay. Now buy me one.

Anonymous Anonymous - 11:08 pm

No prize for this one, Colin.


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