I surprised myself last week and went out and bought something without your assistance. No, really. I ventured into the AppleStore on Regent Street, queued for less than 10 minutes and walked out with a iPodShuffle. It's taken me years to finally buy something with an Apple logo on it, probably because I knew that if I waited long enough they'd eventually come up with a product that was both useful and inexpensive. And now they have. My new iPod Shuffle is tiny - essentially a white memory stick attached to muggable headphones - and weighs less than a packet of crisps. Here's a quick product comparison.
packet of crisps
cheese and onion
I installed iTunes on my computer (which works tons better than the previous Sony crap I had to use). I managed to stop QuickTime launching every time I reboot (because I'm not an complete iDisciple yet). I downloaded selected highlights from my CD collection onto my hard drive (because life's too short to download every CD I own). I then transferred nearly 18 hours of music onto my iPod Shuffle (once I found a USB port that actually worked). And now I'm primed with a random selection of top audio highlights that I can listen to while pounding the streets of London. I'm looking forward to hearing Prefab Sprout in Piccadilly, Scissor Sisters in Soho, Dubstar on the District line and the themefromNationwide while stuck on a bus in Neasden. I suppose I ought to swap the headphones for something less conspicuous before I risk wearing them outdoors, though.