- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A reader writes, in response to my March 24 column about “Apple Mystique,” about the acute self-consciousness he feels when using an iPod Shuffle:

I have an iPod Shuffle — and am fighting the urges to get a bigger one. I bet eventually I do. I love my Shuffle, but I also hate it. I feel like I need to wear a shirt when I have it on that says, ‘Seriously, I am not some wanna-be hipster … I just like my music!’ I try to use it as little in public as I can, except for exercising. If I am out shopping or whatever, I don’t use it.[endquote]

So what about it? Anyone else out there feel similar? You enjoy the product on a practical level, and yet you have pointed distaste for the social-perception baggage that comes with it. Are you, in other words, a Reluctant Pod Person?

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