A few years back, I wasn't terribly keen on the mp3 player concept. Hearing compressed digital files through tiny earphones seemed to be the antithesis of a quality listening experience. Audio fidelity was everything, I figured.
Then I broke down and bought an iPod Nano, mostly so I could carry a good-sized collection of tunes with me when I jogged. But I quickly grew fond of listening to this sleek little device at other times: while working in the yard, reading, staring into space, whenever. To have such a massive library of songs at your fingertips, in such a compact package, is truly mind-boggling.
Portability has definitely trumped fidelity for this old man. I love my iPod.