Why are we so fascinated with collecting things?
So, you’ve read my posts about my Zune. What I didn’t tell you yet is that I joined the Zune Marketplace. $14.95 a month gives you access to thousands of artists, songs, etc. That’s a pretty good deal. You find a song or album, just download it and synch it to your Zune.
And, then, suddenly I realize why these media devices like the Zune and iPod have such large storage capacities. You simply can’t stop downloading and synching once you start. It gets to the point where you have to have every song you see, and most you will never listen to. I mean how often am I going to listen to “Floyd Cramer Collector Series”? Really?
Those with these types of devices, be careful. Not only do these devices make you obsess about having the latest and greatest gadget, they also make you obsess about having every song and movie right at your fingertips. Searching, downloading, and synching can take up a huge amount of time when you should probably be doing something else.
And, another thought… these are “personal” listening devices, which means only you can listen — leaving the rest of the world outside. I’ve caught myself twice listening to songs (probably a little too loud) when the rest of the world around me is moving on. These devices have the potential to turn you into a recluse and miss out on things happening around you — like your family’s lives.