Why I DIDN’T Trade my old ipod Nano In For A Free New One

Apple has for months offered a trade-in service for first generation nanos to get a free new nano. It was one of the first things I wrote about on this site. I even ordered the box to trade my ipod in. But I didn’t. At least not yet. I couldn’t trade in my first baby.

You see, the original first generation nano was my first ipod. I was young, and for my birthday after months of begging my parents, they got me a beautiful black ipod nano along with two CDs from my favorite band, the beatles to populate it. I was so excited. I fell in love. That ipod lasted me several years before being replaced by a new, third generation Nano I’d won, but I still loved it like a baby. It was my first, and I kept it on my shelf as an artifact of the evolution of technology next to a floppy disk, and several versions of itunes on disk that I had collected.

When the time came to trade it in, I just couldn’t do it. I like to say that if you’re happy with a ’75 Chevy, there’s no reason to upgrade to a ferrari even if you could. I love new technology, and the new possibilities it brings, but I don’t want to forget that this was a slow evolution to the incredible technology we have today, so instead of trading in my nano, I’ll keep it, to remind me what I have learned.

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Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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