Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (en_ki) wrote,
Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez

I spent the better part of the last decade as a huge Apple fanboy: in an era of Windows dominance, they came out with a series of sweet Unix laptops and won my heart, and the solid-state iPods were a pleasure to hold and use. (Between my own purchases and company laptops, I think I've been responsible for the purchase of 7 laptops since OS X came out, and 5 iPods.)

Over the past year, Apple has reoriented themselves toward a strategy of destroying the general-purpose computer in favor of the iPhone OS walled garden. Consequently, I have returned to my position of the '90s, which is that I would rather use a stone tablet than buy another Apple product.

I currently don't have a music player, and I'm looking for a tiny cheap clip-on thing I can run with. Can anyone recommend something equivalent to the iPod Shuffle that is not from Apple? Bonus points for:

- waterproof
- Apple-like aesthetics: no bigger than the interface requires, dense enough to feel solid, and an inertia tensor as similar as possible to a rectangular brick of the same dimensions
- open: you can put music on it through ordinary USB Storage access, plays Oggs, etc.
- pedometer and/or GPS data logger
- pony

Negative bonus points for being from Sony.

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