Here’s my MP3 player. Uh-huh…
Are you all done laughing now? My Sony Walkman is about three or four or five years old. (I don’t even remember!) I received it as a Christmas present after my previous Sony Walkman (a tube model that did not even have a picture screen) died. It holds 4 gigabytes of music and in addition to providing hours of entertainment, has suffered dents and scratches and has been lost and found multiple times. It’s well used and much loved. And, it still works!
In this age of ubiquitous iPods and music playing apps, the fact that it still works is the main reason I haven’t replaced it yet. Sure, it’s kind of an oddity amid the iPods and smartphone media players, but… it works. As a bonus, having a separate MP3 player prevents my phone battery from dying a quick death each day. So if it works, why would I even consider getting a new MP3 player? Well, like I said, my Walkman is pretty old. It doesn’t have a lot of features and it’s banged up and in rough physical shape. Would it be worth it to get a new MP3 player?
A new, shiny iPod would cost me $129 for the smallest model, plus tax. Even if I went for the refurbished model, it would kick in at just under $100. Even if I used it for four years again, that’s a cost of $25 per year. My MP3 player was free – that makes it (duh…) free every year I use it.
True, I don’t have a lot of options with my Walkman. And the shuffle isn’t quite as random as I would hope. But it’s not worth $25 a year to me. As long as it plays music, I don’t really have a lot of other requirements.
So for now, I’m holding on to my old Sony Walkman. You can laugh at it if you like. ;)