Would you believe it? Just as I was coming off a common cold, I find myself infected with iPod fever. I just can’t get it out of my mind. Of course, being infected seems to attract money-saving offers.
You saw the first one, the $100 off an iPod with one-year audible.com subscriptions (Note: the cheapest audible.com subscription that qualifies works out to $180 for the year, the other is almost $240 for the year, so you’re just paying that $100 back over time… though you DO get the audio books and periodicals…).
Then there’s the one I got in the physical mail from one of my credit lines offering $25 off any purchase at the Apple store over $249 (iPods start at $299), which can be combined with my Education-for-Individuals discount of $30 and free shipping for a total of $55 actual savings if I buy it before the end of September with that particular credit line.
The fever is getting so bad that the new Pods Unite offer sounds pretty good, too. That one gives you a totally free iPod, a $100 credit at the iTunes Music Store, plus a special adapter designed to fit into a VW New Beetle, and more! The catch of course being that you have to buy a brand new VW New Beetle. (Base Prices start from $15,950 to $23,540 depending on which engine you want, and go up to… well, actually just $21,075 for the built-out diesel model I want.) Which … may be a little out of my price range, considering my current income level.
It’s burning me up. Burning up my conscious ability to stop myself from just ordering one. The only thing that stopped me from ordering one earlier today may have been my browser crashing. I have to assume my browser crashed for that very reason because, come on, it’s Safari, Apple’s browser. When does Safari crash? It must have known I shouldn’t go around spending hundreds of dollars with no idea how I’d pay it back? What would my father think of me if I just showed up one day with an iPod?
Yet at this rate, some day I’m going to have to get an iPod or simply face the physical meltdown of my brain. It’s been in my dreams for days now. Sometimes tiny iPods begin to dance across my vision, playing music and taunting me as I sit or work, music-free. Sigh. Time for bed. I’ve got to go have more dreams about tiny, shiny, portable music devices before I wake up in the morning for the drive down to PHX. Maybe I’ll buy myself an iPod with my birthday as an excuse. Did you know I’m changing demographics?