Microsoft Zune

Now, my favourite possession and that which contained 40gig of lovingly amassed music crashed onto a wooden floor from 3 feet – wiping the drive and consigning decades of data to dust – I nearly cried, I nearly wept vast tears of utter hopelessness.

Happily this Christmas my beloved ones furnished me with a replacement and with a jump and a start my ipod was lurching onwards.

I have looked at Zune and wondered if it really could take the place of this iconic and most reliable possession. what are we, led by the crowds to spout white earphones from hairy earholes– no I say, A Zune could well be a suitable replacement for the ipod, but there will always be a little part of me ( and I am 100% cynic ) which would always choose the beloved over the slutty temptress.

Fill it up

As it was extricated delicatley from its waxed cellophane packaging it slipped out with a sigh. I peeled off the protective film from the screen and booted the item into life. Its hard drive whirred and purred and the colour screen welcomed me to its new and improved OS, wow.

It is a blank page, it is a baby awaiting instruction, it is devoid of data..

Im going to fill this thing up now, going to educate it, going to create a small metropolis of information in it which I shall randomly access at various future moments for my personal delectation. .

Turning it on for the first time

Turning the baby on, it sparks into life, my sparlking new device sings its startup sound and streams an animated intro to me. When this electric dust has settled it emits a warm colour and entreats me to fondle its touch sensistive screen. I so and it responds with alacrity at my fingers’ caress.

Yes it is alive and responsive. Turn it on and you are fully in control and master of all that you hold.

It sings, yes it sings to me in vibrant tones and vivid hues.

It slips neatly back into its smooth sheath. Ensconced in dark it bleeps once and goes quiet and lifeless.