Lloyd's V128 8-track Player - iPod version .1?
I don't have an iPod. The shiny white plastic music player is an icon thanks to its distinctive silhouette, its capacity to hold a tremendous amount of music, and of course its portability. The Lloyd's V128 portable 8 track tape player has many of these aspects too, except the iPod's round clicker wheel thingy is replaced by a great big speaker. Bonus. Let's compare these two shiny white plastic music dynamos:
iPod: plays thousands of downloadable songs at 99 cents a piece
V128: plays thousands of thrifted 8-tracks for a dime per album
iPod: requires computer to change albums
V128: A fresh album is just one ka-chunk away
iPod: fits neatly into a pocket
V128: fits neatly into an ammunition locker
iPod: clean and clinical sounding digital
V128: unreliable and noisy sounding analog
iPod: easily scratched porcelain style case
V128: thick white shiny plastic would stop a bullet
iPod: powered by expensive and difficult to replace internal battery
V128: powered by several expensive flashlight D cells -incl. jack for running off of a car battery
iPod: repair conducted through draconian Apple service program
V128: It's called "Gorilla Glue", people...
iPod: current track display
V128: current track display
One unit is scarcely a replacement for the other, but it's interesting to see that these two devices placed 40 years apart aren't as far apart as one might think.