Seeing the offspring that grew up in, more or less, the '90s, in the digital world of today, one would assume that all coming-ofage humans of the late 20th century are outfitted with then skills, knowledge, and love for modern-day technologies such as cell phones, video games, computers, PDAs, stereos, and whatever else new whizbang gizmo that's out there. Granted, I'm with the majority here in agreeing on the issue. However, I must say I personally missed that memo on technology. Contrary to what my age may presume about me, I'm not exactly a 21st Century Digital Warrior dignitary like so many of my brethren. In fact, I'm far from it. To put it bluntly, me and anything electronic just don't see eye-to-eye. I'm more of the type to follow the instructions (although it still puzzles me why they even have instructions because they never seem to work, or they're so damn complicated you need a computer science degree just to follow!) for about 2.4 minutes, get frustrated and yell for help, which usually comes in the form of my younger brother, the resident tech ambassador. Now don't get me wrong, I do know enough to get through my everyday necessities, but that's about the extent of things. On the flip side, I can't say that it's not because I don't enjoy the convenience of everything at the click of my finger, but I'm just not all gung-ho about technology, it's not my bag. I own the bare necessities and that's it.
It's been over five years now since, what is probably the most popular gizmo ever to be created, the Apple iPod came out. When I first heard of the iPod it was about as interesting to me as whatever the latest plastic-molded-Mickey-Mouse-Club-protgpuppet's CD was coming out. It was plain and simple to me: What am I going to do with an iPod, and, more important, when will I ever use it? Even after several years of its launch, it still never generated any interest to me. My friends had them, and it seemed like everyone else had them, yet still they weren't appealing to me. I liked getting in my truck everyday and flipping through CDs until I found the one I wanted. It just didn't feel right to abandon those little discs that I love so much. However, the only reason I ever thought I would get one is because I constantly worried about having over 400 CDs in my car at times, I mean if they were ever to get stolen I'd be lost. Not to mention if you average a CD out at $12 a pop, and you have 400 hundred of them, well that means you would be out roughly $4,800 if they ever got stolen! Anyways, it wasn't until Christmas a few years back that my view changed.
My mom had been trying to buy me an iPod for years for Christmas, but like I said before I just wasn't interested. Well two years back things were different, because sure enough come the 25th I got an iPod from my mom, whether she thought I wanted one or not. Upon opening it I thought: cool. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overzealous either. Then I opened a Bose docking station as well, which is a portable station you can plug the iPod into and listen to it anywhere. At that point I figured I'd give it a try and see where things went. As it turned out, December 25, 2005, is a day that forever changed my life, for that was the day my eyes opened up to the world of highly addictive digital portable music.
I immediately imported every CD I owned on to it, which meant no more carrying around a giant CD case or a sense of urgency to run to my truck making sure my plastic ecstasy was still in place. From there I bought an auxiliary cable to hook my iPod up to my truck stereo, and my stereo at home-and I had my docking station. So now whether I was in my truck, bedroom, living room, garage, porch, bathroom, or just out and about, that iPod was in heavy rotation. Needless to say, it was only a matter of about two weeks before that black hunk of metal and plastic became entwined in my everyday life. Even my daily ritual upon leaving my house shifted to a quick rundown of keys, wallet, phone ... and now iPod. Honestly, I feel naked and lost without it! (Especially these few past weeks while my truck has sat in the shop, to top things off I also was rekindled with how bad radio is.) It's ridiculous.
By now you're probably wondering what does any of this have to do with custom trucks, well it's simple. With the evolution of the iPod, and iPod accessories, it's capable of going anywhere, including into our custom classic trucks. Almost all aftermarket stereos nowadays have the capability of hooking up to an iPod, and some even have a built in dock that is capable of being mounted anywhere that even charge the iPod through the vehicle's electric system. Companies are even making period-correct receivers for our classics that are iPod compatible. Nowadays, whether you're driving, at a show, or just parked and relaxing, those little suckers will crank out tune after tune after tune by just hitting play on a specified album, or selecting random. No more swapping CDs or caravanning them around. On top of that you can upload photos (you could go ahead and toss your beloved wallet photos of the hauler), movies, TV shows, insert contact names and numbers, calendars, notes ... all sorts ofm things. Worried about space? I have 6,000 songs on mine and I can still hold 4,000 more, and I have one of the smaller iPods. No truck should be without one, and the best part is they're also incredibly easy to use. If you can operate a microwave, you can navigate through an iPod! It might sound absurd now, but go get one and it will change your life forever. Just be careful, because it won't be too long before you become completely dependent. For all you non-believers, just go ask anyone who has one.-Dakota Wentz