Like Tom Petty, I believe music is holy.
So, naturally, I can’t trust the caprices of a broadband network to send invisible creeks of melodic data to my phone.
Yes, this might be viewed as ridiculous and dismissing current realities that today’s streaming services are pretty dependable most anywhere. But when considering an invaluable asset like music, I intend to keep it on my person, like a CIA operative with a briefcase locked to their wrist.
Except my briefcase is a silver MP3 player, specifically, Sony’s 64 GB Hi-Res Walkman. I have recent developments edition of the gadget, which I purchased last year. It holds gold: James McMurtrey. Neil Young. Lucinda Williams. Yo La Tengo. Petty.
The MP3 player unchains me from linkage. I can be barreling underground through the New York City subway, flying 35,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, hiking in all the regions of the granite valleys of the High Sierra Mountains, or driving through the desolate New Mexican desert — and there’s nothing to stymie the incessant flow of music.
Except for battery power, that is.
MP3 musicians have become so scarce today that upon assuring the silver rectangular gadget on my desk, coworkers ask what it does, like it’s some long-disregarded, archaic piece to new technologies.
Which it is.
Still, ancient technologies are famous for their reliability and relevance, hundreds or even thousands of years after their inception: Take the hammer, for instance. Or the wheel.
In 2001, Steve tasks revolutionized MP3 technology by introducing the iPod to enthralled world masses. Before the iPod, MP3 players were either unwieldy, book-like objects or absence the recollection to hold much music. But the iPod surmount these obstacles.
“The coolest thing about iPod is that your entire music library fits in your pocket. OK? You can take your whole music library with you, right in your pocket. Ever been possible. So that’s iPod, ” said Jobs at the launch event.
Sage Words, Mr. Jobs. Sixteen years later, information and communication technologies couldn’t ever be more relevant — to me, anyhow.
Incredibly, Apple is still creating the iPod, although I dread it will one day run the way of the Dodo with little advise — simply a simple press release. My panic is exacerbated by the fact that Apple stopped reporting iPod marketings nearly 3 years ago, at the end of 2014. Over the holidays the previous year, Apple sold 51 million iPhones — compared to only 6 million iPods. Yet at the device’s crest, between January and March of 2009, nearly 23 million iPods were sold. These quarterly marketings outpaced the iPhone by a whopping 19 million.
Still, the iPods’ continued existence today proposes there are more people like me out there; people who are frightened by thought of their music not being immediately accessible and ever physically near — and instead being transmitted through the air by a system of disparately-placed towers. What if the system should fail? What if one strays too far away from a tower?
Indeed, some scoff at the extra handset I carry around and remind me, “You can just upload chants to your phone.” True, but I grovel at the thought sonic interruption. Telephones are used for everything, endlessly receiving notifications and rendering directions. Haven’t you been on a street journey when the music was rudely interrupted by a Google command “to keep going straight”?
In contrast, the MP3 player has a simple, steadfast mission, and it completes the duty without interruption. Although our numbers are likely few, there are still others out there who truly realize the MP3 player 😛 TAGEND
I have an mp3 musician so when I’m stressed out and want to listen to music i don’t have to look at my phone.
— Chris Love (@ Spudman1 01) November 10, 2017
Meanwhile, others long for the trusty machines 😛 TAGEND
I miss the working day of MP3 players. There’s just something about a device that’s specialized in something. I’m pretty sure my Sony Walkman still operates after 10 years.
— Austin (@ thespicycracker) November 16, 2017
For those of us that still cling to our MP3 players, it’s simply because we must.
It’s the same reason that Tom Petty wouldn’t discontinue playing rock and roll with his band, The Heartbreakers.
“The thing about the Heartbreakers is, it’s still holy to me, ” Petty told The Los Angeles Times , less than a week before he died. “There’s a holiness there.”
Petty added, “And to us, in the epoch we came up in, it was a religion in a manner that is. It was more than commerce, it wasn’t about that. It was about something much greater.”