Todd Mundt

Boston MA
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  • The Perfect Thing

  • How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: Anthony Rapp
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

On October 23, 2001, Apple Computer, a company known for its chic, cutting-edge technology, if not necessarily for its dominant market share, launched a product with an enticing promise: you can carry an entire music collection in your pocket. It was called the iPod. What happened next exceeded the company's wildest dreams. Over 50 million people have inserted the device's distinctive white buds into their ears, and the iPod has become a global obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen

  • By aharris on 01-26-07

An Appreciation of the iPod

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-07

An enjoyable book, keeping in mind that this isn't a critical appraisal - it's more about the phenomenon of the iPod and its impact on culture and music consumption. I saw myself in the book - everything from the new enjoyment I derive from my music collection thanks to my library's portability and shuffle, to the physical connection I feel with my iPod, and now, my iPhone. I think Levy nicely captured the tactile enjoyment many people derive from their iPods. He also filled in a few gaps (for me, at least) in the iPod story.

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