I’ve had people I work with ask me this or utter similar things in my presence a lot lately. Perhaps because I keep pushing the issue. Or perhaps I just notice it more given my feelings on such things of late. It happened again today and spurred me into blogging mode. Because I started to wonder: who does use MP3 players these days?
I see people on the subway using them all the time. Not just iPods, either, though of course they dominate. I still use a dedicated player, myself, though I use a phone for podcasts. I have been assuming that mostly it’s these kinds of folks:
- People who can’t afford a smart phone.
- People who don’t want a smart phone.
- Kids whose parents don’t want to give them something expensive they’ll break or lose.
- People who just want devices that do one thing and do it well, not five things that the device isn’t terribly good at.
I feel like this encompasses a large number of people, but again I am assuming. So I’m taking an informal poll. An anecdotal census, as it were. Who out there still uses an MP3 player? Why do you still have/want one? If you’re a parent, would you give your child or tween an MP3 player or just go right for the smart phone?
Feel free to tell me that I’m completely bonkers and no one buys these things anymore unless they’re iPod Touches.