After four long years and over 1500 miles in walking distance, my musical companion is finally giving up the ghost. Suffering a bout of harddrivefailureitis, it’s time to pause and reflect on the happy times we had together.
I told everyone that as soon as Microsoft brought an MP3 player to market, I’d be the first to leap on it. This was back in an era where commentary similar to ‘we’ll offer vouchers for new music if you purchased the iTunes version’ was flying around. In the end, it didn’t really matter: what I really wanted from the experience was the subscription – the Zune Pass – and after several generations of hardware have passed me by and the Zune Social sputtered to life, the Pass is still my number one reason to be a Zune guy.
My girlfriend at the time picked out the color, which was an iridescent brown/green. I fell in love with it, even though the initial Zune software (which was a barely-skinned Windows Media Player) was hardly eye catching, and was in fact quite janky. And oh yeah, I’ve caught some flak over the years for being a Zune dude, but Arclight lasted four times longer than my original 10GB iPod did when I picked it up in 2002.
I’m going to miss you, Arclight. *sniff* Next stop: still waiting for that damn Windows Phone…