Using an MP3 player and podcasts

sandisk MP3 player

I recently bought a SanDisk 1Gb MP3 player just on a whim. (Well, actually, my son wanted an iPod and I wasn't about to buy him one when I don't even have one. He still doesn't have an iPod...) So, after the initial excitement and copying 50 songs or so, I wasn't really sure what to do with it. I tried exercising with it, but found that the earphones kept getting loose and my arms kept bumping into the earphone cord. A college kid told me I'm supposed to wear the long strap behind my neck. Ok, that works better.

I also tried going for long walks with it, but I got too much wind interference and it was hard to hear. I guess that's why some people have their volume really loud.

After about a month, I also started to get bored of the music I had loaded on to it. So, now what? While listening to the radio (the SanDisk player has a builtin FM tuner), I heard about podcasts. Yea, I know, Where have you been?. I had heard about them before, but never connected the dots. So, I started downloading podcasts from iTunes. My favorites are NPR's Science Friday and Engadget. I just found out the NPR has doubled their podcasts so, I'm going to www.NPR.org/podcasts to find out more.

Now, I'm pretty happy to do the dishes, water the yard, etc. while listening to podcasts on my mp3 player. Still running into a few issues which I'll cover later.

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