I remember when I first got an iPod. The first few months completely altered the way I experience music. Before the iPod, I would spend most of my time listening to music at my computer, and burning CDs to take in the car or to play on the radio by my bed.
After the iPod, I could listen to music anywhere. Aside from the normal places, like on my bed, I could listen comfortably to music in the basement, the laundry room, the kitchen, or even outside. And, the amount of music I could take with me would continue to grow. Even though I scoured the Web daily for new music, I could never download enough to completely fill my iPod. 80GB capacity was like a colossal dare, and every day I strove to reach a point where I couldn’t pack in any more music. That day never came.
The iPod also allowed me to give up radio. Even as a radio jockey in high school, I never listened to radio after I left the station. I came to see myself as better than the people who were still stuck on Z100… that I had more control over my musical destiny.
I haven’t felt the same way about my Nook. It hasn’t fundamentally changed the way I experience books. Sure, it’s cool to have, but since it coexists with tactile books (most books aren’t easily accessible [or free] in a digital format, and the war between .epub and .mobi makes it difficult to get what I want), it or its competitors could never be the game-changer with books that the iPod was with music.