Ok, so I haven't fully joined the 21st century yet in terms of technology.
As hip as I like to think I still am, there's still one frontier I haven't reached – the land of the mp3 player.
Nope, the last music technology I got installed in my car was a JVC 12-disc changer in 2002 and it served me well… Well, up until a year or two ago.
It started with the speakers going in and out every time I made a left or right turn. Then, the sound just went completely out, which was weird because my radio plays just fine through those same speakers.
And, of course, when I took it back to the retail electronics store I purchased it from, warranty included, they looked at me like I was speaking Klingon.
Fortunately, I found an independent dealer who actually took time, about an hour and a half, trying to figure out the problem before he gave me the verdict: My beloved 12-disc changer was irreparable and had reached its expiration date.
Shortly after that, my home stereo with a 5-CD changer just suddenly quit working all together. I started to wonder if this was a conspiracy of sorts, but then again, I’d had it since my senior year in college, more than six years ago, so I guess I had to see it coming.
So, for a year, I’ve been trying to decide on whether or not to move on and get that mp3 player. That means I’ve endured a year with nothing but radio in my car.
That’s more than 300 CDs in my collection and about another 100 or so burned, mixed and borrowed CDs getting barely any play at all except in my computer. This is no way to live.
I’ve asked everyone I could think of for advice: Should I get another CD changer? Can I find one that lasts? What are my other options?
But I’ve finally accepted that perhaps it’s time to do what I gotta do: get an mp3 player.
And this is where y’all come in: I need help! In fact, I’m even working on a story about this later in the month to provide a guide for other lost souls out there like me.
So here’s what I need to know:
Where in the world should I start in my search for the right mp3 player? What do you have? What brands do you recommend, especially for a working class (read: POOR) girl like myself? (I am willing to pay the price for quality, though.) And WHERE do you recommend I buy this gadget in terms of support, because I really want a place that’s not going to look at me crazy when I bring it in for repair or troubleshooting.