This is my craptastic MP3 player:
It has three things going for it:
1) It cost me $30 when I bought it back in 2006
2) It runs on one AAA battery
3) Storage is supplied by an SD Card
I don’t listen to music during the day. It’s too distracting. When I want to listen to music, all I want to do is listen to the music.
Now that the weather has begun to get warm again, I’ve pulled this out to use while I’m out and about. Paired with a set of earbuds that cost me probably $2-3 — and which were made by a third-party for an iPod (they are white) — it puts out good enough sound and good enough volume.
My storage has remained a 128MB SD Card. That constrains the number of songs I can carry. There’s a reason for this. The jWin’s UI sucks. The center nub must be toggled right or left to move through the list of songs. There’s no skipping, there’s no hopping around. It’s a serial move through a flat list. Having a lot of songs would involve a lot of effort if I wanted to jump from a song near the top to one further down the list.
So, I carry a limited number of songs.
There are a number of songs that are always on my card, no matter what other songs I swap out for my mood or for a change. Perma-songs are some from OttO Vector, Morrissey/The Smiths, Coolio’s Gangster Paradise (STFU!), and one by Creaky Boards.
It’s called The Songs I Didn’t Write. This is a song I think every real writer can deeply relate to.