why can’t anything be simple? a post about how i loathe apple…
Note: this is completely my (Cassie’s) opinion. I’m sure there are people out there who can’t live with out their Apple/Mac products, however, this chick here…can. I’m typically up to a healthy debate, but not now. I’m too fired up to be constructive… And was much more stress-free before ipods came into my life.
For Christmas, Matt bought me an ipod shuffle (3rd generation for all intensive purposes.) It’s cute, pink, small and plays music. To the naked eye, it seems perfect. WRONG.
First mistake: the charger is about 3 inches long. I did a pretty decent job of keeping it away from the kids for a while. However, about a month ago, it went missing. Now my ipod chugged along on whatever it was charged up to until then. 5 days a week going to the gym x 1 hour each session = awesome battery life. I was impressed. But tomorrow I have a 5K. I wanted to listen to my ipod while I run. Sounds normal enough, right? So we drove to Best Buy to get a charger for it. Innocent. I bought an ipod Shuffle charger and some ridiculously expensive headphones. (Because Shuffles don’t have a screen, you have to use a remote on the headphone to change the song. The headphones that come in the original packaging fall out of my ears and hurt. I wanted ones that are comfy. So sue me.) (OH! And my headphones shock me while I’m running. Nothing like an electric current to put some pep in my step!)
We got home and I plugged in my ipod. Nothing happened. I check the box:
This charger is compatible with 2nd generation ipod Shuffle.
WTF? I thought a Shuffle was a Shuffle. Sigh. So I look at the headphones (that the Best Buy guys assured me would work for my Shuffle.) Nope. Strike two.
Back to Best Buy. There was a new tech in the ipod section. First thing he said: “I hate Apples.” Then he goes on to say, “They do it on purpose so you have to buy their products. We don’t carry the charger or the headphones you’ll need. You should probably order them online. Sorry.”
At this point there is a small amount of smoke coming from out of my ears. 3rd generation this, 2nd generation that. Who gives a flying fuck? (Sorry for the profanity. I’m just angry.)
While I’m talking to the Best Buy guy, who was awesome by the way, he starts to tell me I should just put a few songs on my phone until the charger I order online comes. He was holding my phone when it started to vibrate. A pix/text message from Carly:
Yes. That’s Ben. And he’s wearing a Hello Kitty tee. I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. So did the Best Buy guy. It was pretty funny.
Talk about perfect timing. Here I was, in the middle of Best Buy ready to snap in half and swear like a sailor about how much I hate Apple products and divine intervention happened…Ben’s ridiculousness saved me from looking like a complete tool.
I came home, again, went online to Amazon and ordered a charger for 2 dollars, new headphones for 10 dollars (they’re the actual ear buds and were on super sale) and a Shuffle remote compatible device that got 4 out of 5 stars for 10 dollars.
Here’s more math guys: 22 dollars + free shipping = AWESOME.
49.95 + a 10 dollar gift card + stupid ridiciulous Apple products that aren’t compatible = annoyingly expensive.
I still love my Shuffle. But only because Matt bought it for me. If it was a product I had purchased on my own, I would have thrown it out the window. Or traded it in.
Last gripe: itunes. I can’t take ANY of the songs I have on itunes and put them on my old school Sansa mp3 player. My Sansa has never let me down. It was 12 dollars and worth every penny. Sure it takes AAA batteries and is kind of bulky. But I love it, because it’s easy, reliable and isn’t 30th generation annoying.
Hello. My name is Cassie and I’m a PC.