Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pretty In Pink....Finally!

OK, I think I am one of the last people in the world who has never ever even touched an MP3 Player, let alone use and own one. But seeing as how I have more than 30 hours of flying time ahead of me in the coming week, I decided it was high time to get one of those little gems for myself. I figured it would help keep me sane after sitting for sooooo LONG! "Sane" being the key word in this story.....

So on Saturday I went to my very favorite store, Target (location A), and purchased my my very first MP3 Player. I knew that I didn't need anything to hold 2000+ songs or movies or crap like that. I mean, pretty much the only time I will use this puppy is on this crazy long flight to Hawaii. I don't run, as evidenced by my enlarged waistline. And I can't imagine sitting at home with ear phones on - that just seems silly to me. So my point is that I was not willing to spend a lot on this product. I settled on the Momorex MMP8585. It wasn't a fun color but it had the visible screen like the big iPod and I like that feature. For the price, under $60, it seemed to totally fit what I was looking for. Now the Target guy tried to convince me to buy the big iPod of course for $200. But for something I can only see myself using a few times, that just seemed silly. I did look online before I went to Tar-jay and the review of this product claim that it only took 1-2 mins to install. Great, exactly what I need as my week is so insane and hectic.

I rushed home excited to play with my new toy. It came with 100 songs already on the thing. So I first listened to them to see if any of them were fun. They were not. One of the first songs was called something like "Plastic and Concrete" and it literally sounded like someone was rolling wads of plastic wrap on a concrete floor. Bad. Anyway, I spent hours trying to install all the software and get the computer to even recognize that the device was plugged in. Hours! I finally gave up and tried again on Sunday. To no avail.

So Monday I returned it to Target (location B) when I was running another errand. I actually exchanged it for the same product because when I spoke with the help line, they said the first one had issues and another one would be easy to get working. I am such a sucker! It was a pain in the ass to exchange something at this Target too for some reason. But I finally left with a new but same MP3 Player. Monday evening I tried again, thinking this would be ready to download music to in just minutes. After an hour or two I decided to go to bed and start over on Tuesday. I spent SIX BLOODYHOURS trying to get the damn thing to work. I talked to a variety of people at the help center who were less than helpful. Each one began by saying they were not allowed to tell me how to download music. Um I just wanted to know how to make the thing work before I took the time to delve into music downloading. Then they also all followed up by asking me why the guy before them had me do such-and-such. Um, y'all work for the company, not me. I don't know- I just did what y'all instructed me to do. Anyway, long story longer, after six hours and even a few tears shed out of frustration to one of the many unhelpful helpers (I should say that they were all nice - just not helpful), I decided to finally abandon the ship.

So I drove back to Target (location A- because it is closer to my house) to return the sucker and get the iPod Shuffle in hot pink. It doesn't have the screen to look at but it is pink and that is just so fun. After returning the Memorex MP3, I walked to the back to buy my tiny pink Breast Cancer Awareness iPod Shuffle. But they were out of stock. Oh, they had every other color there but not the hot pink one. And dammit, I was beyond frustrated at this point and wanted that fun pink cutie. I remembered seeing it at Target Location B on Monday so I booked it over there. At this point I didn't care how much time I was devoting to this stupid project because I was a woman on a mission. Target (location B) had several left (and it comes with a $15 gift card for i Tunes too - fun!) and I left crossing my fingers and arms and doing a dance in hopes that this sucker would work. Pleeeeaaaasssseee let it work. Three times is the charm, right??

It took close to 20 minutes for me to get it out of its turbo plastic packaging and I was on the verge of tears again seeing this as a bad sign. But wouldn't you know, I had it working in just minutes! MINUTES!!@! It is sooo cute and totally makes me smile. I have full faith that my little baby Apple iPod Shuffle will serve me well this weekend. It's not fancy pants - it doesn't do tricks and has only the very basic features. But I am a basic feature kind of girl. I mean, it took me FOUR days, a total of FOUR trips to TWO different Target stores, and three MP3 players to get one that works. Yes, basics....in pink.....suit me just fine.

14 comments:

LJ said...

Congrats on the pink tech win there :) I think you'll be surprised how quickly you'll become addicted. I plug mine into speakers at home all the time and use instead of the stereo. Set up a playlist and you're golden for hours. Good luck with the new toy :)

Buford Betty said...

I just left you a comment and my 'puter went all nutso on me. So I think that comment was lost... anyway YAY! Glad you got that problem taken care of - and in pink, no less!

Rebecca said...

So glad you sorted this out, Don't you hate wasting all that time? Ugh. I had a shuffle myself and loved it! The perfect amount of songs for me. I would still be using it but I was gifted an Ipod Nano which I also love. But you'll get great mileage out of that shuffle and the $15 itunes card to boot! Have a fabulous trip!

Sassy Buckeye said...

Wow what a saga! I am one of the only other people without an MP3 player, and I'm getting an IPod nano for Christmas (hopefully in a fun color!)

Have fun in Hawaii!

tulipmom said...

Count me in as one of the remaining few without an MP3 or Ipod.

And to top it off, at bedtime tonight SB asked if he could have an Ipod for his 7th birthday next month.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh all the kids in my family have them too! I swear I have the hobbies of another era- sewing and cooking. Flashy products like iPods just throw me all out of sorts. I figured it out though and I am excited knowing it will help entertain me on my long flights.

Liz said...

Count me in as one of the remaining few w/o an MP3 Player. I think my husband is getting me one for xmas this year...not sure how often I will use it but he seems to think that is it crazy that I don't have one.

hello darling (formerly hello sunshine!) said...

All I can say is... it is 100% totally worth it to pony up the extra cash for an Apple product, because seriously? They're SO easy to use. All of them. And they never break. And if, heaven forbid, there IS something wrong with your Apple product? The tech support is so great, and they're awesome about giving you a brand-new version of your product as an exchange. I learned this (i.e. the "oh, it's too expensive so I'll get a cheaper one") hard way!

White Lily said...

What an Odyssey! When I got my ipod nano, I was so frustrated at first, but now I'm quite happy with it! It's my faithful companion, on long distance walking, travel, and yoga practice!!!

Kate said...

Just started my own blog and found yours through another blogger. I really want the hot pink ipod. Maybe for Christmas. Organizing all your music onto it is actually very fun!

Happy Homemaker said...

Gotta love technology! I am a recent ipod purchaser and while I still have some issues to work out, my sister helped me upload some great songs and they are SO FUN to listen to while walking.

SnappyCasualGifts said...

It is sad to say, but I don't own an MP3 player & don't know how to use one.

Ann Marie said...

OMG- I think you just added days to my life! I was surfing the web looking for info on this new MP3 player that I purchased for my son for Christmas and I stumbled on your posting. I am returning this thing as soon as I am done typing! I just flashed back to LAST Christmas when I did the same thing you did with a lesser name MP3 player for my daughter and then ponied up the big bucks for the ipod video after a story so much like yours I just had a PTSD episode. (Okay maybe on the surface I sound like a slow learner but in my defense my son is younger and just doesn't use his as much :-)) But under no circumstances can I go through THAT again. You have done a tremendous public service...LOL-
Ann Marie

Tacberry said...

I was searching for a case for the mmp8585 when I found your blog.

I bought 2 at Target on Black Friday.

Memorex has a downloadable firm-ware fix for the problem. But to install the fix you need to catch the player when it'll allow you to connect. I tried several times a day for 3 days. Once connected, the fix was fast and easy. I'm pretty happy with it, but would like to put them in some kind of case. The wife needs one for exercising, and the daughter - some kind of water tight indestructable case.

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