The Perfect Thing
- How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness
- Narrated by: Anthony Rapp
- Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-20-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Steven Levy, the chief technology correspondent for Newsweek magazine and a longtime Apple watcher, is the ideal writer to tell the iPod's tale. He has had access to all the key players in the iPod story, including Steve Jobs, Apple's charismatic cofounder and CEO, whom Levy has known for over 20 years.
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By aharris on 01-26-07
An enjoyable listen
I enjoyed this audiobook. I knew it was a fluff piece and it didn't have character development, etc, but its a book about the iPod, so that's not what I was looking for. It was an interesting look at the making of the iPod and some very "fanboy" observances. As much as I enjoy my MP3 player (not an iPod, btw), it IS just another means to listen to my own audio collection, albeit a very cool one.
And agreeing with the previous reviewer, the chapter on shuffle-mode was quite a bit long in the tooth and really only worth a couple of minutes mention.
The quality of this audiobook's recording was substandard. The voice was "tinny" and not as clear as most other audiobooks, which is ironic as heck.
Overall, though, if you consider yourself a tech fan, I would recommend this book.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Todd Mundt on 07-05-07
An Appreciation of the iPod
An enjoyable book, keeping in mind that this isn't a critical appraisal - it's more about the phenomenon of the iPod and its impact on culture and music consumption. I saw myself in the book - everything from the new enjoyment I derive from my music collection thanks to my library's portability and shuffle, to the physical connection I feel with my iPod, and now, my iPhone. I think Levy nicely captured the tactile enjoyment many people derive from their iPods. He also filled in a few gaps (for me, at least) in the iPod story.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful