Thursday, January 31, 2008

Saw My First Zune

I saw my first Zune digital music player in the world today, on a US Airways flight from Washington, D.C. to New York. Guy across the aisle broke it out shortly after we boarded the plane. Brown, in a kind of boxy leather case (also brown) with that origami-esque "the future, man, we're down with the future" logo embossed on the cover.

It was an odd and unsettling moment, sort of like rounding a corner and observing a terrible car crash off in the distance, or watching someone walk up on a summer BBQ wearing a heavy wool sweater.

The owner was probably in his late 50s or early 60s. He looked a little creepy in an "international diplomat" kind of way. Almost completely bald, with a neatly-trimmed salt-and-pepper beard. Wore a chunky Sharp digital watch and was reading a John le Carré spy novel when he wasn't listening to music. I am not making this up.

So I guess we can assume that the promotional effort behind this revolutionary product is more or less hitting its target market right in the center of the bullseye.


Blogger kmanning2008 said...

The Zune isn't all that bad...
I've got one and I've had it for longer than any other mp3 player I've ever owned, and I must say I'm quite pleased with it.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Anx said...

Clearly this man worked for microsoft, or was in fact Bill Gates in disguise... a secret SPY disguise. I got a couple of friends with Zunes, as far as I can tell their main purpose is to watch porn on the go, or from your favorite video game peripheral.

12:22 AM  
Blogger Sabriel said...

you just described my grandfather. your blog is beautiful and uplifting. no wonder you won that contest. thank you for your incredible addition to the world wide web and, my heart.

2:11 PM  

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