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.