My 4th Generation iPod: 2003 – 2007

My iPod was won from the “Free iPods” promotion that was all the rage in the summer of 2003. After getting the required referrals from acquaintances, I was able to secure my 4th Generation 20GB iPod, which just came out at that time. I remembered my roommate was jealous of my iPod for sometime that he was dumb enough to shell out some of his tuition refund money just to get a Photo iPod that came out a few months later just to outdo me.

The iPod served me well in storing all the music I had acquired from friends and random contacts on our former university direct connect networks. It was also a great tool to store video files and other items. At that time, there was much concern for the iPod’s battery life after two filmmakers exposed the poor quality and durability of the 4th Generation iPod. I didn’t really know what to make of my iPod when I first got it in the mail since I never really had a walkman or did I bother to use a Minidisc player that was given to me by an estranged relative.

The first thing that struck me about the iPod was the relative ease of porting music files over to the device without any problems that I experienced while syncing an MD player. The second thing that impressed me was the storage capacity to store at least 50 or so albums onto the iPod. Sometime later, the photo iPod came out and my roommate got one to flaunt it in my face. As time went on, I got used to having a free iPod and often used it when I was studying or working out at the gym. Despite the scratches and dents, it was still able to record and store music with no issues.

Around the 3rd month of 2007, my iPod started to have problems. First it would take at least 2 minutes for the player to transition to the next song, and later it would automatically delete stored songs that it could not properly play. Then, it had issues syncing with iTunes and kept prompting me to “Restore” the iPod to its factory settings. At every restore and every disc fragmentation, the iPod kept getting worse. When I could once hear the miniature disc drive spin to load the next song or data, the iPod simply locked up when the standalone tried to load a song or because it was unable to properly sync back to standalone mode after being ejected from iTunes. It was a sad realisation that my iPod has started to show its age from heavy use. I knew then it was about time that I backed up what remaining songs I could and save for a 5.5 Generation iPod that is the rage today.

After shopping around on google checkout, I was able to find a reasonably priced Black 30GB iPod that sold for $245 with free shipping. It may seem like a snap decision, but this latest incarnation of the iPod allows me to view my iTunes TV shows, downloaded clips, has more features, and offers slightly more storage capacity than my previous iPod.

To my 4th Generation iPod – Rest in Peace and hopefully it will ascend into Apple Heaven instead of Microsoft Hell.


And Now from Weird Japan…

It has come to my understanding that I have written too much about the Bad Japan with subjects exploring Abe’s stupidity, the Yasukuni Shrine, right-wing nationalists, and even the Pacific War. Although I have praised Blu-ray and use MIXI, my criticisms of the PS3 and praise of the Nintendo Wii have not won me any fans either. However, it is just too easy to discuss anything remotely weird that comes from Japan. I mean even the BBC has a programme called “Japanorama” that is devoted to poking fun and exploring all the weirdness that exists in Japan, which is currently on its 3rd series on BBC Three.

Last weekend, Japan had one of their first unified local elections in the country. One of the contested prefectures was Tokyo which is currently headed by Ishihara Shintaro, who is known for right-wing views denying the Rape of Nanking, his anti-foreigner stance, and his glorification of militarist Japan. Some individuals challenging him for the position were a DPJ candidate, a quirky inventor, and an anarchist named Toyama Kouichi.

According to fanboys, Toyama Kouichi is a local anarchist and it out to advocate the complete destruction of the current power structure of Japan with help from the minority. He is also a convicted felon that somehow managed to gain around 15,059 votes in the election to become a Tokyo Governor and finished in 8th place out of the eligible 14 candidates on the ballot. Below was his election speech that was aired on NHK.

Toyama Koichi, self proclaimed Mussolini Style Fascist, and leader of the Kyushu Fascist Party has run for Tokyo Governor. lol.

When he is not absorbed in his path to overthrow and destroy the nation of Japan, he works as a musician playing songs for tips on the side of the street.

This is an official campaign broadcast. Every candidate in Japan is given the right to have their speech aired under equal conditions, according to Japanese law. Broadcasting companies are not allowed to edit them, and thus not responsible for the content of speech.

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Kouichi’s official blog is located at, which contains numerous entries about his life, some youtube clips of his music and his email address ( Please feel free to send Kouichi an email!