I cannot say how cool the little Shuffle is, The experience of biking to work is like a brand new one, and I can even manage to get some joy out of running (which I hate doing).
Now I sm sporting the Apple sports case, something I need as the heat inches to the 100s and the sweat pours off me in buckets. I thiunk after a week, the white lanyard was starting to reek. The case is nicely done and adds a layer of protection. My major challenge is the annoyance of the headphone cables getting tangled when I stuff it in my backback after the ride.
Lately, I’ve just been busy digitizing my CDs, and loading them randomly into the Shuffle. Today’s commute included Caroline Aiken (awesome blues/acoustic guitarist we saw in a small coffee shop here), ACDC (Yes I admit it, one of my first rock concerts I do not remember due to self medication), Bob Dylan (I used to hate his voice, now I dig his poetic lyrics), INXS (one of few 1980s rock bands in my rotation), John Lee Hooker (under all rock music is the foundation of great bluesmen), The Beatles (our first LP in the house was “Abbey Road”), Steve Ray Vaughn (guitar virtuoso, rest in peace). I am not even through perhaps 25% of my first shuffled load.
What I am excited now is patently obvious to folks that have had these a long time, is that I am in control of my tunes; I have found the perfect radio station- it plays only the songs I like, there are no commercials, and no annoying DJs talking over the music.
And looking around while biking in, a vast majority of people are walking, bikiing, jogging with music- not just young hipsters, I saw a mid 70s lady walking along the canal banks with headphones on.
I am in love. Indeed.