The iPod is arguably the ultimate cultural icon for the 2000s. And its use beyond just a consumer MP3 player is evolving. Some savvy users, like DJs and college students, are finding clever uses for the iPod.
Universities Find New Ways To Use The iPod In The Education Process
At Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, they have taken it one step further: giving all first-year students such a device. Some 1,600 Apple iPods were handed out free of charge. The university is paying for the iPods out of its technology budget.
Students can download audio files of lectures and listen to them on the iPod. They can also download documents and other materials to the iPod’s hard drive.
Students are allowed to keep the digital music players, specially engraved with the university’s logo, if they can show physical ownership after one year. But if they lose it, they have to pay for it.
iPod DJs In Manhattan
But does a trend-setting gadget really belong on the college campus? “The fact that it’s “pop culture” doesn’t mean that’s the only use it can be put to,” says Peter Lange, provost of Duke University. In Manhattan, two DJs who go by the name Andrew Andrew hold a weekly iParty open night. Attendees are given seven minutes to mix and switch between two players, and can even bring their own. Customers effectively enter an iPod democracy.