The size isn’t what interests me though. The scary thing is the price (and point). For instance, the new iPod Classic holds 120GB of songs. The number that Apple gave in their Keynote presentation was 30,000 songs. Yeah, 30 thousand. Let’s think about that in terms of storage.
The number of songs divided by the number of gigabytes (30,000/120) is 250. Thus, there are 250 songs per gigabyte. That’s excellent. Now, let’s think about that in terms of purchase price.
The new iPod Classic is $249. (For the sake of my math, I’m using $250.) The number of songs (possible) per-dollar is 120 (30,000/250). The number of gigabytes per-dollar is .48 (120/250). Thus, there is a good deal for songs (possible) per-dollar, but there seems to be a steep price to pay for storage space. (It’s like that with most things though.)
Up to this point, it has not been so bad. Let’s go a bit farther though. Let’s talk about music. First, if we (I’m going out a limb here though, since I doubt anyone would) assume that someone bought 30,000 songs to fill up their iPod, the price would come close to $29700! Okay, I admit, it seems horrible to contemplate such a huge amount of money spent on music. Let’s cut the number in half: we get a gigantic $14850! It’s still totally unreasonable. How much space are you going to use? Let’s do some guessing. Let’s say 50%, 30% and 20% are single songs from iTunes, CDs/Other Media and albums from iTunes respectively. You actually end up spending more than just buying all of it from iTunes via single song.
The point I’m attempting to make is: no matter how much space you have on your iPod, it’s doubtful you’ll ever use it all for (even more than half if questionable) for music. The way Apple boasts about their 30,000 songs possible scares me. It seems like they actually intend for someone to do it. Since the iPod capabilities have extended beyond music alone to movies and television shows, it’s possible to actually use the space you get. Nevertheless, you’re still spending tons of money on media. (That’s what scares me.)
After a couple of comments and some thinking, I have a question. How much music does one not not buy? I don’t buy music nor do I illegally get it. I generally listen to Absolute RadioÃ‚Â and also via CNet free-music downloads.