Archos Jukebox Recorder
That was certainly the case with my first MP3 player, the Archos Jukebox MP3 Player/Recorder & Data Storage USB Hard Disk that came out in 2001.
It didn't break my heart so much as it strained my wrist.
In the flush of new love, I was ecstatic. I mean, I could carry 6GB of music in the palm of my hand. Including the rubber corners to protect against drops my Archos (as I affectionately nicknamed "my lover") was 1.25 inches thick.
Sure, compared with the third-gen iPod Nano's 8GB capacity in a tiny eighth-of-an-inch thick case, that seems monstrous now. But looking back, was Marilyn Monroe really all that sexy? As with standards of beauty, what was once a hot item now just seems cute and quaint in the tech world.
When I jogged or did aerobics with weights, I only had to use one weight. The Archos acted as the weight in my other hand.
Then there was the time I thought I broke my pinky toe after dropping the Archos on my foot during yoga.
These days, I have my lightweight iPod Nano or video iPod to escort me on fitness dates. And Archos has moved on to mini laptops, PVPs, and possibly an
But one thing is funny. The iPod still doesn't have all the capabilities that my ex did.
The Archos had a mic jack so I could use it as a voice recorder. It came with a DC input that let me recharge it directly from a wall outlet. It had a USB port for transferring music and any other files to and from my computer.
I don't really use it anymore, but I just can't seem to part with it.
February 13, 2009 4:00 AM PST
Photo by: Candace Lombardi
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