Anyone read Steven Levy's "The Perfect Thing"?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by MattyMac, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. MattyMac macrumors 68000


    Oct 6, 2005
    I just purchased Steven Levy's "The Perfect Thing," a book all about the history and how the iPod has changed many things. It just arrived today.

    It was recommend to me by SpringLakeBob so I had to check it out. I was curious if anyone else here has read it.

    Just looking for a quick review.
  2. MattyMac thread starter macrumors 68000


    Oct 6, 2005
    I'm approximately 1/3 of the way through and so good!
  3. avincent52 macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2007
    good book

    I read it during a recent road trip and in general it was well written and well reported, with lots of inside access and funny little stories like the Carl Sagan/Butthead Astronomer brouhaha. A fun, informative read.
    That said I think Levy missed one key point. He talks about the way that an ipod supercedes radio because it's like a station that plays only your favorite music. What he doesn't address is how did Bob Dylan/The Magnetic Fields/Skip James become your favorites? Probably through the radio.
    And in the digital world what's the replacement for that?
    But that quibble aside, the book got me excited about digital music. In the weeks since I bought a Squeezebox to hook up to my high end stereo (via an Airport) as well as a DICE ipod adaptor for my BMW, and burned plenty more albums to itunes.
    I think you'll like it.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    The "Just For You" sections of iTMS and the weekly free tracks are good ways of discovering new music. And don't forget Podcasts and Internet Radio.

    As far as the book goes. I enjoyed it as an audiobook on my iPod. Especially how the chapters could be read/listened to "on shuffle".


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