Well, you should, because thanks to my generous husband, who decided along with me a few months ago that we didn't really "need" one, but bought me one for Christmas anyway, I am now sporting this:
In the long history of not being happy with a generous unexpected (but secretly-hoped for gift), I was really hoping for the full-blown ipod that stored video as well, especially as a method of entertaining unruly children, but in the vein of not even knowing what's really best for me, I really love the small size of this one. It's the 4GB version, so it holds a LOT.
Terry was right that neither of us "need" an ipod. He is a runner, and so I had suggested that he could use one running, but he enjoys silence. For those of you who have any doubt, I am not a runner. However, I love listening to talk, and talk radio, and so the podcasts were a feature that I was really looking forward to. So a couple of days ago, I downloaded some podcasts, and have been loving them even more than I thought I would. I can listen to them while fixing dinner or doing laundry, and unlike music, it doesn't block out all other important things that I should be listening to (like the shrieking of a brother being tormented by his sister, or the phone ringing, on which I could complain to the person at the other end of the line about the shrieking).
Now, lest you overestimate my intelligence judging by the fact that I am reading Pulitzer Prize winning novels, I have to admit that I never read the newspaper and rarely watch the news, so I am quite uninformed about the issues. I enjoy listening to NPR because they give some of the stories a human-interest type spin. But I only catch it here and there when I'm in the car (and when there is not shrieking coming from the backseat about wanting to hear children's music). So, the podcasts are cool.
Some of my podcast subscriptions (I don't know how to link to them easily, but go to itunes, then to podcasts/NPR and you can find them, or for an mp3, go to npr.org):
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, which is a humorous news quiz program featuring people like Paula Poundstone and Mo Rocca. I get my news from this program, much as I have also gotten my news from SNL Weekend Update, the Daily Show, and the Colbert Report.
Driveway Moments are some of the highlighted human-interest type stories of the week.
Pop Culture because I don't read People either.
Are there any podcasts that you can recommend?
**Incidentally, I am truly one of the least cool people that any of you know. Really. And I'm okay with that.