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Why I'm Not Giving Up On My iPod Just Yet.

I picked up a copy of NME magazine a few months ago when I was in HMV, and found myself very intrigued by one of the articles inside.

Apple recently announced that they are discontinuing the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. And I'm not going to lie, I panicked when I heard. I must confess to still regularly using my iPod, and have no shame in admitting that.

I'll always be behind the times when it comes to music. I don't do streaming, I buy songs on iTunes, and actual physical albums in HMV. Yes, I am probably the only person under 30 who buys CD's, and I don't plan on stopping yet.

I'll always remember when I got my first iPod. I was super jealous of my friend's 3rd generation iPod Nano, and decided it was time to move on from my bright pink MP3 player. I was 12 years old, walking into Argos with my Dad to get the 3rd gen, and realised it was the day the 4th generation Nano was released, so that's what I got instead. I'll never forget how cool I felt walking into school the next day with the new iPod, having got it the day it was released.

It was crammed full with ABBA Gold, Avril Lavigne, Coldplay's new album 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends', endless Now That's What I Call Music! albums from 45 onwards (I've just Googled it and they're now on 97!), and countless 80's pop tracks that I would always skip past when it was on shuffle (which I now actively search for), as I hadn't yet figured out how to seperate my music from my dad's account.

I took it everywhere with me; on holiday, every car journey, the school bus, shopping - everywhere I possibly could. That feeling of running my finger over the 'trackwheel of joy', because touchscreen wasn't a thing, is something I relished in.

In case you hadn't guessed, I'm pro iPod. I don't think they should be discontinued, and still serve a wonderful purpose for music lovers.

Although I love my phone, and it's rarely an arms length from me, for all it's uses, I find there is something rather stressful about a mobile phone. Constantly feeling the need to check social media, emails, analysing the 50 selfies you took which lets be honest all look the same. The ping when a text comes though isn't something I often get excited about, and I know I'm not the only person who looks at my phone ringing, only to text the person straight back asking what they wanted.

Music deserves not to be interrupted by PPI calls. It's better than that.

I like knowing that none of that is going to enter my mind when listening to music on my iPod. I listen to music to get away from all the distractions of a phone.

Although the iPod touch is still standing, all the nuisances of a phone are still there. I now have the 7th generation iPod Nano, and unless there is a resurgence of the iPod in the future (it happened with turn tables so you never know), I shall continue to use it every day until it decides to give up on me, which it inevitably will because it is an Apple product after all.

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