iPod owners begin 'jack sharing'

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iPod owners begin 'jack sharing'
November 21, 2003 - 13:27 EST Wired has an article today on iPod "jack sharing" -- a new phenomenon of approaching strangers and plugging your headphones into their iPod and them doing the same in hopes of finding new music. "It's very strange," said Steve Crandall, who does the sharing ritual in his New Jersey hometown. "It's almost like you're being a DJ for the other person. It's very gratifying if you see someone dancing around to the music you're listening to."

My Comments: I think this is funny, but yet so really really awesome.. maybe it'll help us get back into the community mindset. Very kewl :)
 
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A stranger plugging in to my iPod might get a little more than they bargained for with my musical interests. However, I think it's a cool idea because I'm always hearing about new bands from my friends. :D
 
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haha awesome. i think im gonna do this on campus. ive seen about 10 other iPoders around. itd be cool if they made short distance wi-fi on iPods, where you could stream to anyones iPod music within a 15 ft radius
 
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Feel Free to Jack Into My iPod

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Feel Free to Jack Into My IPod

02:00 AM Nov. 21, 2003 PT

Dennis Lloyd, publisher of the iPodlounge, said he was only aware of jack sharing through a thread started by Crandall on the site's forums. But he liked the idea.

"With so many people plugged in these days, it's nice to hear people are actually connecting in the real world," he said. "Reach out and jack someone."

Author Douglas Rushkoff suggested that iPod sharing is a legacy of online file sharing -- essentially the same thing, except offline.

"It's kind of a stoner's ethic, really, the way you pass the joint at a Dead show," he said.

Sharing an iPod through its headphone jack is also a crude, low-tech version of what some predict is the real killer application of future iPods: transforming them into short-distance broadcasting devices by adding Bluetooth or similar radio technology, coupled with Rendezvous, an Apple-developed networking technology that allows devices to discover each other automatically.

The prospect of letting iPod users listen to each other's libraries wirelessly has sparked numerous excited forum posts on the iPodlounge and other sites.

The Register's Andrew Orlowski, for example, has suggested several times that turning an iPod into a personal micro-radio station would be "revolutionary."

"It would greatly annoy the RIAA, which would argue that it's a portable Napster," he wrote in 2002. "But ... this music-sharing appliance could have fairly dramatic social effects.... You could get promiscuous with strangers: You could pair and exchange a song on the same short bus ride. You could create short, ad hoc personal broadcasts, to anyone else with a Bluetooth iPod. You could have a 'What am I listening to?' menu option and share your choice with anyone within discoverable range."

Taking Orlowski's "what am I listening to?" option to its logical conclusion, others have suggested that files received wirelessly could be looked up automatically on Apple's iTunes Music Store when users plug their iPods into their main computer. Users would then be asked if they wanted to buy and download the tunes they heard on the road.

My Comments: Well there you go.. there is your idea in print :)
 
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sound awesome, but i would be warry if some stranger came up and asked "Can I jack your iPod?"
 
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when I first saw this thread i was thinking that it was a portable napster like deal, but not really. I would get annoyed if people asked to plug into my iPod (I don't actually own one) but either way, I know it would bother me.

I think it would be cool to be able to share music through iPods ;) Apple should do it ;-) lol

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