Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Ipod mania

A frivolous post to lighten up the mood . I am officially an ipod fan! yay . I recently acquired the nano , more like a few months back and totally forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago . Since then its been so great I just wonder why did it take me so long to accept it ? Maybe I did not want to be blindly following fashion ? be one of the herd . Oh but it is sooooo convenient, I have converted my favourite tracks there and it is such fun , especially when you have it on shuffle . Plus you can add your favourite photos as well ! Use it in the car , walking , shopping , working out ... I love it , it brought back the days of the CD walkman and other stuff.

Now "Denim giant Levi Strauss designs a pair of jeans able to control the wearer's iPod music player" ... I wonder how that is done ? I may want one of these .. fashion accessory ? imagine buying jeans to wear with your ipod ...

16 comments:

Thea said...

Thankyou Khadija for your comment it was very nice and quite consoling..... i've been told many stories about a woman driving alone at night.... people crashing into you on purpose, being stopped at road blocks so you come out of the car bla bla.... which i actually do not necessarily beleive.... but still am a bit on the careful side.....

I have a question i would like to ask.... do you know if there is anywhere in tripoli with entertainment? maybe a place where you have sheesha and enjoy some dancing or live music or anything of the sort?? I'd actually love to get more into the libyan culture... i feel so out of it!! maybe i could get some tips from you....

Highlander said...

Hi Thea , this is Highlander :) not Khadija but that's allright ( assume that was a typo). Although my experience has been positive , there is no reason not to be careful. As for road blocks, women are never asked to come out of the car. Everyone is usually looked at and waived through slowly. As you've noticed women do not even fill out their ownn gas tank here .

With regards to entertainment, the rock cafe in Gargaresh usually offers live music - I think the expats dance as well but I'm not sure about the locals. As for the sheesha the girls do not smoke it in public here ;) - it's frowned upon. But I think exception is made for non-Libyans . I'll check with some mates about that and let you know. You can get into Libyan culture by attending Libyan social events - hmm maybe we could meet up one of these days ? let me work out the logistics ..

7mada said...

What is the electronic consumer market like in Libya? I.e. the prices of products like the nano, laptops, mobile phones (cell phones). I heard the majority of cell phones and laptops were imported from Dubai, UAE by local traders. What are the choices like in Libya? I assume with the lifting of the sanctions there are a wide range of electronic brands and of all ranges and models.

Highlander said...

7mada, even before the sanctions were lifted we had the latest electronics because they were brought in from the UAE by the tujar el shanta ( LOL don't know how to say that in English). I find that the prices are more reasonable and affordable than in London. Laptop prices differ according to the brand if you want a top of the range it could be as much as over 3000 Dinars or if you wanted a simple one it could be as low as 1500 LD.
Desktop computer prices have gone down immensely in the last year. My old pentium 3 is quasi worthless now even though I bought the whole thing including 17 inch monitor DVD, RW-CD etc... for over 2000 LD and that's without the UPS and the printer and the electricity transformer.
Cellphones and laptops are imported from Dubai because you find the Arabic keypad on both there and this is important for the Libyan consumer. I thought that was a minus point in the UK. I bought a cellphone for 450 pounds only to find the keypad Arabic-less. I thought they should cater to that part as there are many Arabs citizens and visitors to the UK.

Of course after the sanctions were lifted it is even easier to access these things as the price of roundabout travel would not have to be factored into the price tag. Plus the tax laws have been amended a year ago.

What I've noticed though that the digital camera is popular too and its prices have come down, but the ipod is not hip here yet, they still like the usual mp3 players, and though 80% of the youth have cellphones (that's my calculation I could be wrong ). No one much cares for PDAs except those totally wired like yours truely , so an iMac , or Palm or phone PC are still in the top range of prices. Plasma TV and flat screen are available but still a bit expensive ( ahem) and people have not seen the 'need' for them yet. Doesn't go with our Marbu3a I guess and hey what's wrong with out good old TVs.

Now get that passport ready and come and visit quick :)

7mada said...

Nice bit of market research there!
Shookran.
InshaAllah a visit soon is a must.

removedalready said...

haven't joint the bandwagon as I'm totally broke this month and it's the truth, the whole truth, I swear to God!

Credit card bills, school fees & what nots, how I wish the world is free of monetary matters!

Hannu said...

Hey Highlander, don't insult the iMac please ;-) It's not a PDA! I definitely can't carry my 20" iMac around lol iMac is distinguished for its superior performance and integrating everything within the widescreen flat panel.

AlanK said...

Highlander

Also liked my Ipod, until battery ran out and just lost touch with it for now, maybe will make up with it soon, if i can find it

Highlander said...

sorry Hanu :) my bad I meant iMate -- thos blasted typos again !

programmer craig said...

I have a Samsung cell phone thingie.... it takes pictures...

7mada said...
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7mada said...

So far I have seen a great deal of enthusiasm, great writing, critical and analytical opinions and thoughts. Polite yet innovative communication of that thought. These are the characterisitcs of many of the Libyan Blogs I have surfed.
MashaAllah I have nothing so say but pleasing and positive words towards the Libyan Bloging contribution.

Barak Allahu Feekum.

7mada said...

Typing error!!
*Characteristics

removedalready said...

PC: I have a sony ericcson cell phone, it takes pictures as well as videos ;P

Just for the FUN of it!

Highlander said...

7mada , glad you liked the 'consumer research' bit. Stick around and you will see more from the Libyan bloggers , you're part of the family now :)

redenclave, you don't really need the nano , the prices should have come down now by the way especially in Malaysia ( I remmember electronics used to be so much cheaper).

Red and Craig, I have a Nokia 6100, doesn't havea camera and not even bluetooth ( I'm broke to now lol).

AlanK, you have committed a crime against your iPod ..please wake him up !!!!:)

7mada said...

Thanks for the welcoming Highlander; I am honoured to be part of the Libyan Blogg-Sphere.

Wishing you all the best.

7mada.