The Perfect Thing: How the Ipod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness by Steven Levy
Reviewed by Kevin Drum
"Back in 2001, before the iPod was introduced, I became fascinated by the idea that you could, literally, hold your entire music collection in a device not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes. So, I bought one. It came from a company called Archos, and though it was sort of clunky looking and jittered a bit when it played the MP3s I had illegally downloaded from Napster, it really did hold an astonishing amount of music...." Read the entire Washington Monthly review.