Being a Smart Gadgeteer
"Will she use it to watch video?" I asked.
"You can watch video on it?" he responded, amazed.
Part of me thought, "How can you live in the world, in the United States, today and not know that iPods can play video?"
But then I stepped out of my little insulated cell and realized, well, it's pretty easy.
The truth is, Gene was asking just the right question: What kind of iPod should I get her? The larger question, of course is: What do I want from technology?
The temptation these days is to buy the latest, shiniest, coolest (and often most expensive) gadget, sometimes ending up with a bunch of functionality you never use. It's exactly the same as buying the refrigerator with the ice and water in the door. Sure, it looks cool, but if you end up never using it, you overpaid.
Gene doesn't think Molly will ever watch video on her iPod. "Who would want to watch video on such a tiny little screen?" he naively (but smartly) inquired, asking the question that tons of really rich, really smart folks at a lot of companies are trying to figure out right now.
In that case, I told him, it would make no sense for him to spend $249 for a video iPod, and more sense to pay $149 for an iPod Nano, which doesn't play video but holds plenty of songs.
I told Gene later that he should check out Microsoft's new Zune player, as well.
But all that extra info may actually make his head explode.
Today In The Post:
* My colleague Paul Farhi writes a paen to Tower Records, killed by, among other things, the downloadable song.
* Here's a piece I didn't get to last week about ad dollars flowing from radio to the Internet.
* Reacting to a recent school shooting, the Germans are looking to pass laws prohibiting the production of video games that show "cruel violence."
* OK, this is just plain freaky.
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