Music plays a big role in my life. I listen to music in the shower, I play a little Bruce Springsteen while doing dishes and I even listen to the Star Wars theme song when stuck in traffic. I feel that music can greatly affect a person’s mood. A certain jingle can make a commercial sell, a well created musical score for a movie can elevate our viewing experience and most of all, music can express what words cannot say. Even science can explain why music is important: Michael D. Lemonic of Time Magazine writes “ … in the latest issue of Science, Salimpoor, now a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, reports, along with several colleagues, that music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens , the same brain structure that releases the “pleasure chemical” dopamine during sex and eating (and, on a darker note, drives addicted behavior as well).” It’s no wonder why the iPod became a hit.
Where did it all begin?
In October 2001, Steve Jobs released the first ever iPod. Although this was met with criticism because of it’s price and minimal features, the world of MP3 was never the same. Since then, every year Apple would release new models and was greatly accepted by everyone as THE music player must have. Everyone knew what an iPod was and Apple created what we know now as the most purchased MP3 player in the world. In 2008, over 100 million units have circulated globally and has become a staple MP3 that music lovers own. There are now over 24 models of the iPod and Apple has shown no signs of stopping in creating and developing their breakthrough product.
Unfortunately, the iPod has come with a few common problems. I’ve gathered user experiences on how to combat these problems. Here is a list of the top common problems of the famous MP3:
When you Google the words common iPod problem, this will definitely be on top of the list and after reading dozens of forums regarding this problem, it seems that the solutions that have worked for others are simple: make sure the hold switch is not turned on, make sure the battery is charged and lastly, reset your iPod (if you’re not sure how to do this, see #3.)
Since your iPod is an electronic gadget, it will need juice to keep things running smoothly. This means regularly charging your iPod. So what happens when all of a sudden, your iPod won’t charge? The solution is simple: Clean your charging port!
According to Wonder How To, “It’s something so freaking simple, yet, most of us would probably never think about it. A lot of dirt, sand, lint, and other debris can get jammed up in that Lightning port, and it will prevent the contacts on the Lightning connector from hitting their marks inside the port. If you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch that suddenly stopped charging, clean all of the junk out of the port using a small tool. A toothpick works well, or the SIM card remover that came with your device (sans iPod touch and Wi-Fi only iPad models).”
When all else fails, always go for a hard reboot. A little reset to your iPod can solve what you thought was the end of your iPod! If you’re still using the click wheel iPod, simply toggle the hold switch from off to on, press and hold the Menu and Center buttons at the same time until you see the Apple logo. If you’re using the iPod nano, hold the Sleep and Volume down button at the same time until you see the Apple Logo.
If this still does not work, I’d suggest you go to your nearest Apple Store and get it checked stat!
So what’s next for the iPod? There’s no doubt that the iPod has set the bar for MP3 players but smartphones have slowly taken over since most phones are capable of storing music. In my opinion, Apple needs to up their game with their iPod models. I’m sure there has been a drop in sales recently since most people use their smartphones to store music. If Apple wants to keep selling iPods, they need another breakthrough because if not, I can see iPods slowly becoming the thing of the past.
Share your story! How many iPods have you had and what problems have you experienced with it? We’d love to know all about it? The greatest question everyone’s asking is: Do you still use your iPod or do you already store music onto your smartphone? Sound off at the comments section below.