The Pleasures of an iPod Mini


G. Stolyarov II

See Mr. Stolyarov's Index of Selected Writings, Originally Published on Associated Content / Yahoo! Voices.

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Note from the Author: I was commissioned to write this product review by Associated Content (which subsequently became Yahoo! Voices) in 2007. The article has enjoyed some popularity and has received over 700 views to date. Due to the closure of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I render this article permanently available on this page.

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 21, 2014

Owning an Apple iPod Mini portable audio player has brought me numerous hours of enjoyment and has greatly enhanced my work and exercise alike. I have used a 4-gigabyte iPod Mini to store over 1,080 classical melodies from my extensive CD collection and have been able to take the joy of classical music with me to the most unexpected places.

In earlier times, only kings and high nobles could have the luxury of accompanying their outdoor activities -- hunting, traveling, and exercise -- with music. They would, of course, require expensive and cumbersome private orchestras to accomplish this. The iPod Mini allows me to inexpensively enjoy this pleasure of past aristocrats and more in the course of my daily activities. I can listen to a Vivaldi concerto, a Mozart sonata, and even a Chopin piano etude anywhere I please. Surely, the old-time nobles could not manage to bring a piano with them to the hunt!

A most useful add-on to the iPod Mini is a belt clip that enables me to take the player with me when I run or ride my bicycle. The iPod is not adversely affected by motion-unlike the older portable CD players. Indeed, I have observed virtually no interference with the music nor any inhibition of its quality during the hundreds of hours I spent exercising with my iPod Mini.

The iPod Mini allows me to take tracks from my favorite classical CDs and upload them to the player using a computer; I can supplement these musical favorites with tracks obtained on the Internet as well as my own musical compositions. With the "Shuffle Songs" feature, I can always be pleasantly surprised with a fresh mix of my favorite melodies, which can play for hours in ever-new sequences while I go about my daily tasks.

I am also impressed with Apple's treatment of its customers' technical problems. My first iPod Mini began to manifest strange and inexplicable defects a few months after I purchased it; I sent it to Apple for the company's technicians to identify the malfunction. It turned out that the iPod could not be repaired -- so Apple sent me a fresh one, free of charge! I still own this replacement iPod Mini, and it has never caused me problems.

Charging the iPod Mini is easy and convenient; it comes with a cord by which it can be attached to a computer to charge. However, I have found that purchasing a cord compatible with an ordinary electrical socket is even more useful; now I can be sure that my iPod has plenty of hours of operation left -- no matter whether I have access to a computer or not. With comparatively little expense, I have been able to enjoy the immense pleasures of listening to the finest classical music wherever I want -- a kind of freedom undreamed of by the wealthiest and most powerful men of earlier times.

Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. 

In December 2013, Mr. Stolyarov published Death is Wrong, an ambitious children’s book on life extension illustrated by his wife Wendy. Death is Wrong can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Mr. Stolyarov has contributed articles to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), The Wave Chronicle, Le Quebecois Libre, Brighter Brains Institute, Immortal Life, Enter Stage RightRebirth of Reason, The Liberal Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

In an effort to assist the spread of rational ideas, Mr. Stolyarov published his articles on Associated Content (subsequently the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices) from 2007 until Yahoo! closed this venue in 2014. Mr. Stolyarov held the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and was one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 3,175,000 views. Mr. Stolyarov’s selected writings from that era have been preserved on this page.

Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).

Mr. Stolyarov has written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a philosophical treatise, A Rational Cosmology,  a play, Implied Consent, and a free self-help treatise, The Best Self-Help is Free. You can watch his YouTube Videos.Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at

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