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20 years later, the iPod is still my favorite gadget

Age is a blessing — but it’s also fucking terrifying. Especially when I realized it had been 20 years since the iPod was released.

Once I stopped hyperventilating, I understood this was okay. Why? Because the iPod changed my life. And, to this very day, I believe it’s the greatest gadget ever created.

It didn’t begin that way though. Before I got my hands on an iPod, I thought MP3 players were stupid.

The year is 2005. I’m about 16 and I’ve been building a CD collection for several years (one I actually still have, shout out the Marantz CD6007).

I’d given up on portable CD players a few years previously, mainly because they skipped all the time and were too big to carry around — especially as I did manual labor on the weekends.

So, around 2001, I saved up to get myself a teeny-weeny Panasonic MP3 player.