Behind the Tech Curve
It has become blatantly obvious that I may be behind the technology curve. While I contentedly read a paperback book on my morning bus ride to work, it seems that the majority of riders are listening to their iPods. Are iPods the new companions of today, as portable CD players or books were considered not so long ago?
Well the fact is, yes, iPod popularity is on the rise. According to the latest projections, iPod sales will hit more than 10 million units in the fourth quarter. Although increased sales may be attributed to the upcoming holidays, I think that the versatility of iPod and other players and programs has a lot to do with it. Americans have always been fascinated with the all-in-one package: from the all-in-one printer equipped with a scanner, fax and copy machine to the cell phone equipped with a camera, Internet access, streamlined videos and iTunes. Not only is the iPod an all-in-one device, it also recently shrank to an ultra small size.
I am not sure why I haven’t stopped in the Chicago Apple store on Michigan Avenue to pick up the latest version of the iPod. However, I can say that bookworms are obviously a dying breed, and it may be time to take a leap into the latest version of technology and explore the new world of downloading, podcasting and audiobooks.