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iPod Loyalty

January 10, 2008

ipod It was only two holiday seasons ago that I received my first iPod as a gift from my parents. I was a bit later than the crowd, having enjoyed CD’s and being a musician, not wanting to go digital for what it was doing to the music industry.

It was in my Music Business class in college that it dawned on me that there was no way out and my love for music, gadgets, and culture must evolve and begin to use digital music gadgets.

Automatically, I wanted an iPod. Who had a better marketing campaign, acclaim, and cutting edge design? No other player would be acceptable. When I received my first iPod Nano that holiday season, I was really excited to take part in the downfall of CD sales.

Two years later having been surprised with a 3rd Generation iPod Nano, I have noticed that people who use iPods usually never make a switch to any others like Microsoft’s Zune, or Creatives, no matter how many great reviews these products receive. Surely, other brands have loyal consumers of their own, but it is nothing compared to Apple.

Apple’s release of the iTouch and iPhone this past year continued to further the domination of the industry. The appeal of the brand is just too much to resist. If I wasn’t equally loyal to my Blackberry, I would have purchased an iPhone.

The iPod 3rd Generation Nano is fantastic. I give it 9/10. CNet gave it 8/10 because they were not crazy about the new size, which I agree with. Ergonomically, I am not comfortable holding it….yet. I also love the 3 games it comes with because I am one of these people who can’t always read on my 2 hour train ride home.

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Becoming so loyal to the Apple brand also made me feel more comfortable switching operating systems. Scary huh?

It made me wonder: How much popular is Nelly Furtado now compared to her pre-Apple branding days?

My Lack of Attention leads to My Lack of Interest

December 28, 2007

ADDEvery morning, while I am on the subway, I like to do many things at once….. but I tend to pile these things on top of each other. Before I walk out the door, my iPod is on. Once I am waiting for the bus, I am texting, reading blogs, planning campaigns, twittering, reading my Facebook messages, and my e-mails. When I finally make it to the subway, I am e-mailing, still planning campaigns, and playing games on my Blackberry. (2 weeks with my Blackberry and I can’t imagine life without it!)

Now Remember- All the while I am listening to music, but how much do I care? I was very disappointed in myself this morning when I realized that I totally neglected being interested in “In Rainbows”, the latest Radiohead album. The whole album is on my iPod, I have read multiple music blogs who named it the best album on 2007, and I don’t even really know the album too well! As a huge music fan, and more importantly, HUGE Radiohead fan…what went wrong?

Radiohead even had to change marketing formats to adjust to their audience (who I am sure is a lot like me)… It was a smart move on their part!

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Has my love for gadgets, multi-tasking, and all-things-web taken away from my simple pleasures?

There used to be a time when I bought a CD (what’s that?) and put it in my CD Player and listened to the whole thing on repeat in my room for hours. With everything that I am forced to keep up with everyday, 500 billion things on my to-do list, how will I ever regain attention for things I am interested in?

10 Websites that Lived in my Tabs during 2007

December 27, 2007

Mozilla2007 was a huge year for Web 2.0 and my Firefox browser! Becoming almost unbearable, there are multiple sites that must be updated and checked on an hourly basis. Thank goodness for RSS readers. With the uproar of Social News, Social Media, and the overwhelming number of blogs to read, I thought it was about time to pay homage to the sites that have been living in my Firefox tabs.

  1. Facebook– As I discussed in my latest SEO Chicks post…this was the year of Facebook.                                                                                                                             Facebook
  2. Stumble Upon– This great tool can generate huge traffic spikes or keep you entertained for hours. Don’t forget to “Stumble” all my posts. There is also a topnotch Facebook application for Stumble Upon users. Stumble
  3. Digg*- Such controversy that I can’t help but to partake. Digg is often fun but also really annoying. I keep it open in my browser because I have a lot of friends articles to digg. “Gotta Digg”                                     digg
  4. Twitter– I’m really on the fence about Twitter. I get it and its fun and a great attention getter for 5 minutes… I’m not sure if I could ever get used to doing it. I tried doing it from my Blackberry, from IM, from the website, and I just don’t think it’s for me. However, I keep it open to read about my friends who love twittering.twitter
  5. Sphinn-Quite honestly one of the most addicting Social News Sites to pop up. It’s like an instant update of the industry. If I missed something while reading my daily feed, I get caught up on Sphinn. And of course its great to be able to give friends and mentors the props that they deserve. It’s like a huge community that is feeding each other!                                                                                                                                   sphinn
  6. Mixx- Even though this site is still very new, and I don’t see the word “beta” dissapearing anytime soon, it’s fun! It has fresh appeal to me and in my opinion is a lot easier to use than Digg, so it lives in my tabs!mixx
  7. Mashable*- A social news blog that updates so frequently, I am forced to read and re-read daily. Because I tend to get fustrated when I see the number (319) in my feed headline, I usually revisit Mashable during the day outside the reader!                                                                                                               mashable
  8. Engadget– The insanely popular gadget blog that in my opinion is as important to read as any blog. I’m a gadget fiend, and I love reading about new technology… I just wish I could afford half of the things reviewed on this blog.                                                                                                                                                      engadget
  9. SEO Book– The guy who wrote the book, Aaron Wall, has such useful website and blog! I research keywords using his tools all the time as well as use his SEO plug-in for Firefox. I keep his latest research tool open all day long.                                                                                                                                 SEO Book
  10. Gmail/Chat- OK, this is a given…but it lives in my tabs and on my Blackberry! I am a big fan of G-mail and G-Chat. A few weeks ago AIM integrated with G-Chat and now this is the most important tab on my browser. Last week, I had an issue with my Gmail account and I couldn’t sign in…. I felt like a part of me was missing. G Mail

* These sites are most often read using my Bloglines reader.

Bloglines

BevyTech’s Gadget Bottle Update

December 12, 2007

The nice people at BevyTech sent me a Gadget Bottle to try out and I wanted to show my appreciation.

The Gadget Bottle has been by my side ever since.  It comes with me to the gym, to work, and even to PubCon Las Vegas.

I am a big tea drinker, so I tested boiling water in the bottle and that worked out well too.

It’s a pretty great water battle for those of you who have many gadgets to carry around.

T-mobile’s Blackberry Curve 8310

December 10, 2007

Today I received the Blackberry Curve 8310 for T-mobile at my office.  I am very excited to use and play with this phone.  A huge step up from my T-mobile MDA.T-mobile MDA

The T-mobile MDA was a nice phone that ran Windows Mobile.  It’s open close function was tight and did not slide open as nice as the newer phones do.  I was unable to download ringtones and it was close to impossible to sync it up to my pc.  Every time I connected the phone to the pc, I would get an error message that my phone was not able to support the data.

Also, as I wrote about previously, T-mobile cannot access Facebook.  Which for me is a huge disadvantage.    The only updating I did from my MDA was for My Twitter.

The Blackberry Curve 8310 includes GPS (which if anyone knows me personally, knows I have a horrible sense of direction), which should come in handy. It also has signature Blackberry e-mail, web browsing, and Faceberry.

I am looking for great review sites, and help sites for the Blackberry Curve.  If anybody can direct me to them I would greatly appreciate it.

G4 T.V.: Attack of the Show!

November 4, 2007

Last night was another late night.  I stayed up and watched the clock turn back, skipped through channels on the television, and caught up on one of my favorite shows; Weeds.

While I was searching around for something good to watch I came across the G4 station.  The “Attack of The Show” was on and immediately I thought: Where have I been and why have I not seen this show?!  The show automatically reminded me of what it would be like if one of my favorite gadget blogs; Engadget, had their own t.v. show. Which now that I think about it… why don’t they?

    “Attack of the Show” reviewed new Smart Phones, Apple Leopard, iPhones, new web tools, and other new things.  It also has a “Blog Watch” where they keep tabs on blogs that are hot at the moment. And of course all of the reviews are also posted on the G4 TV site’s Blog, just in case you missed the show.

  Attack of the Show loves the iPhone.  They almost even sold me in five minutes to ditch T-mobile and get an iPhone. Of course being how I am, I will just wait until you can get an unlocked iPhone.

Aside from tech news, G4 has tons of programming for gamers.  And as an added bonus they also have Arrested Development , Star Trek TNG, and COPS!.

I feel sort of silly that I have just came across this channel now, but it is better late than never.  If there is anyone else out there that is not watching G4, I highly recommend it.  If you have no interest in programming for dorks, you might like the AOTS host: Olivia Munn