I think I finally have a valid reason to get an iPod. I’ve thought they were cool since they came out and I love the idea of being able to carry my entire cd collection around on one unit and then spend my money buying individual songs not crap cds. Even as they came down in price though, I couldn’t muster up the enthusiasm to drop $200 because I really didn’t have the need for one.

Most of my music listening time was in the car and in the car I like the radio. I like the variety of songs and formats and I like the surpise of what might come next. I also used to have a bunch of cds that I would listen on long trips. Over the last year my cd collection has dwindled from a high of around 100 to the current twenty or so stalwarts. I tend to purge my cd collection every couple of years but its never gotten this low. Most of it was sold of for cash during the lean times of my first grad school year and I never had the need to build the collection back up again.

But now I have 8 hours a day at work I have to pass somehow.

As I round into my thrid week at my new job I’m starting to need more distraction to fend off the boredom. This initial thrill of being able to do nothing while the dissertations and journals scanned has worn off and now I realize why the folks around me bring cds and radios. I still have a book at my desk which works well during th long dissertations but I’ve also been working on a bunch of small journals and magazines that only allow me to read a few pages in between. So I need music.

I tried taking in a radio but I can’t get cell phone reception so why should I be able to get radio reception? I get one country station that plays the same songs over and over for most of the day. So today I took in my cds and burned through them way before lunch and got sick of them by 1pm. I started thinking about going out and buying a bunch of cds, but many of the songs I currently like are singles and not on full cds I’d want to own so buying them for 99 cents a pop on itunes would be great but then there’s the initial investment of $200 in the actual ipod plus maybe $100 more to load it up right with music. $300 could buy a lot of cds right away. I’m still torn on which route to follow but I will be getting more music into my life one way or the other. Another possible option is Napster to go or Yahoo tunes subscription services where you download an unlimited amount of songs to your ipod for 6-15 bucks a month, but all of the songs expire from your ipod after your subscription ends, so it’s like leasing songs with no long term investment potential.

Another reason I need a lot of music is i may be driving to Toledo on a regular basis. For a girl. Updates to come.