WESTPORT, CT - FEBRUARY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) In this photo illustration, a cassette tape which could once be purchased at RadioShack is shown on February 8, 2015 in Westport, Connecticut. RadioShack, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last Thursday, represented an older era of home electronics and consumer items. Despite numerous attempts to keep with the times, the home electronics retailer couldn't compete in an era of Amazon and Apple. RadioShack was started in 1921 to supply equipment for amateur or ham radio enthusiasts. At its height, the company grew to have thousands of stores throughout America, parts of Europe, and South America. (Photo Illustration by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

IPOD turns 14 today, October 23. I recently (and I mean, just this year) got my first IPOD (please don’t make fun.). I use it to run, I’ve used it at the gym on some idiotic machine that I despise being on and I’ll use it this winter when I go skiing. What took me so long? The cost, for one; and all the hoops I was gonna have to jump through to get “my music” on there. See, I have all these running tapes I made myself that I love. Well, I finally sucked it up, bought the IPOD, bought a piece of equipment that transfers cassettes to mp3’s, paid a friend to do so and then went to the Mac store and had one of their “geniuses” help me download them into the new IPOD. The audio didn’t transfer as well as I’d hoped which kinda bums me out. There’s channels dropping out and some stuff sounds muddy but, it’s done. And yea, it’s way easier to strap that little thing on my arm than it was to run with a bulky contraption bouncing around my waist. But I still have my cassettes and cassette players just in case.

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