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When Your iPod Is Your PDA

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Matthew David shows how your iPod can outsmart many PDAs on the market to deliver the tools you need to get from A to B.
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How do you use your iPod? Do you listen to music? Groove to a tune you like? But what if you're running to your next meeting and need to catch up on some notes from the last meeting? Listening to the Who doesn't help.

Today we clutter ourselves with gadgets. You probably have a cell phone (that plays cute games when it can't get a signal); your tablet computer; your Palm and Blackberry; don't forget your Nokia N-Gage (for when you get tired of the cell phone games); and, if you're like me, you never leave home without your iPod. Crikey, as we say in the UK, you need a bloomin' army-regulation backpack to carry the whole lot. Time to slim down and make your iPod play more than just your music.

Toss the PDA

I'm not a big fan of the personal digital assistant (PDA). I once had a Palm VII (cost me a fortune) and it didn't last six months. Palm refused to give me a refund. Hmm. But the idea of the PDA is really good: a small device that keeps tracks of important "on the go" information—contacts, schedules, and such. What happened with Palm and many other PDAs is that they went too far and tried to become small computers. I already have a desktop computer and a laptop, so I don't need another PC. What I do need, however, is a tool I can take on the road with me that allows me to keep track of contacts, tells me when a meeting is coming up, and helps me to read up on background details.

The iPod is the tool for me. You saw this coming, right? The iPod has built in the tools you need when you're on the road—oh, and you can still listen to the Who when you're skimming through your iPod notes.

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