05 Dec '11, 11am

My holiday wish? Ixnay on the iPod

My holiday wish? Ixnay on the iPod

The author's beloved crap. Photo: Thomas Hayden Cross-posted from Last Word on Nothing . Black Friday is behind us, and Cyber Monday too. But those are just start dates: The pressure to buy, buy, buy isn't going to let up for another month at least. And that has me thinking about one of my favorite gadgets -- a miraculous little piece of technology that lets me carry thousands of songs with me wherever I go. Where would I be without my Coby? That's right, my Coby. A cheap plastic mp3 player -- basically a $19.99 flash drive with an earphone jack, a pixilated little screen, and controls that look a lot like the original iPod scroll wheel, without actually scrolling or being a wheel. It's a piece of crap , really. And I love it. Let me be clear: I've got nothing against fancy technology. I actually did have an iPod once, a sleek 30-gig number with a brilliant video screen an...

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