02
Nov
12

The ipod mini that got run over by a car

One day last winter, I watched in horror as my beloved and ever-so-faithful iPod mini got run over by a car.

It happened as I was leaving the Hamburg’s Abaton cinema after wife K and I were through watching Untouchable, one of the best films we’d seen in ages.

It was dark and rainy, and I’d been fiddling with various zippers and clasps getting everything just right before mounting the bike and heading home.

But just as I was heading out onto the street, I hit a bump.  Pothole maybe, perhaps it was just the fall from the curb.  But then I heard a clacking sound as another cyclist who was coming in the opposite direction shouted that something had fallen out of my bag.

I turned around in time for the light to catch the silver outline of the iPod just as the left front tire of a passing car ran right over it.  I saw it bounce up and clack back down again on the wet pavement.   By the time I realised what was happening, the back tire caught it as well.

I swore, propped my bike up against a lamp-post, ran out into the street, scooped up the iPod, swore some more, thrust the iPod into the jacket pocket I should have stashed it into in the first place, and headed home, all the while contemplating what kind of iPod I should start looking for on eBay. Perhaps a used iPod touch?  Or maybe one of the new nanos?  Because the way that thing bounced off the road, there was no way it was going to be good for anything more than a paperweight.

But after I got home and told my tale, I took it out of my pocket, touched the click wheel, and I couldn’t believe it.  It still worked perfectly.  OK, it’s a little scratched up now.  The metal casing’s got a nick or two it didn’t have before, and in places it looks like someone hacked away at it with an ice pick, but by some miracle the screen stayed clear and the click wheel – the Mini’s most sensitive part and one most prone to breakage – is still intact.

It’s a good thing it wasn’t an iPhone or iPod Touch.  Those things are all screen on one side, and I’m sure they’d never have survived such abuse.

It’s also a good thing it was only a car, and not a cement truck passing by.


8 Responses to “The ipod mini that got run over by a car”


  1. November 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    That’s one sturdy little gadget. Glad you didn’t lose it and got it back relatively intact.

    Someday, I may have to get one of those iPod thingies. They look to be rather handier to tote around than an AM/FM transistor radio. On the other hand, I tend to drop things into the water at work, and replacing the Radio Shack radio once or twice a year (even with inflation, priced just $9.99!) still seems preferable. The music selection’s not as good, though…

    • November 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Radios! Do they still sell them? I built a little transistor radio when I was a kid. It had great reception at night to Seattle rock station KING 200 miles away if you placed it just below a wall socket.

  2. November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Wow! Glad it survived!

    Something similar happened to me once, with a turtle I saw trying to cross the road. I pulled my car over and was going to help it cross, but had to wait for two cars to pass before I walked out into the road. Unfortunately, the second car hit the turtle and it spun across the road. Let’s just say he wasn’t as resilient as your iPod.

  3. November 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    To avoid confusion – The movie mentioned above has the following names:
    Original (French): Intouchables
    UK: Untouchable
    US: The Intouchables
    DE: Ziemlich beste Freunde

  4. 6 Uma
    November 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Glad that your ipod survived : )

  5. November 9, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Well it seems your iPad mini deserves high marks for durability. If it was Timex watch you could contact the company and be featured in a commercial. ;) I’ve never owned one. This may sound strange but I can’t handle things in my ears.

    Is the movie you refer to the one where an aristocratic man becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, and hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker? If it is, then I watched the right trailer.

    • November 9, 2012 at 5:44 am

      Ah, now it’s time to watch the movie! No worries about subtitles, it crosses all cultures, languages and barriers.

      About that Timex watch, well… if it were an iPAD mini that got run over by a car and survived, maybe Apple would be interested, but my iPOD mini is a bit of a laughing stock these days. At least around my house! The red-haired girl calls it my grampa ipod. Most unbearably uncool.

      If you don’t like earbuds, you can also get over-ear headphones that don’t feel like you’ve got something wedged into your ear. :-)


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