iPod Jack

Person wearing iPod spies passerby wearing iPod. Walks up to stranger, unplugs own headphone jack, motions for stranger to do same. Both plug into each other’s iPod’s and dig 30 seconds of what a total stranger is listening to. Smile, unplug, continue on with their respective days. Apparently iPod jacking is a rising meme on college campuses, small communities, etc. Or maybe not so much a meme as a two-person happening.

Tell-tale white headphone cords mean iPod users are easy to spot, and I admit to sometimes doing that “biker nod” thing back at other iPod users, but so far I haven’t jacked anyone, nor have I been jacked. But I’m open to it.

If you see me, jack me.

Music: Court Music :: Chongmyo-jeryeak

9 Replies to “iPod Jack”

  1. The 2nd generation headphones are a lot more comfortable than the first, and the remote control is excellent. But there’s no touching the Etymotics for quality. Although, as we discussed last year, they seal out ambient sound and so are probably too dangerous for biking etc.

    Truth be told, I don’t wear the Apple phones that much; I usually ride with a pair of Sony behind-head phones for the convenience — they don’t get tangled like buds do; more rough and ready. They have a volume remote, but no track skipping, of course.

  2. Well, nobody else here has an iPod. I haven’t seen any other person here in India with one. Mind you, one gets that in the kind of places I work. But I was able to use it on my bus journey from Bangalore to Ooty (8 hour uncomfortable bus journey) and for the 4 hour wait at the bus station.

    I knew my iPod would come in handy – much more useful than the Handspring prism I traded in to get one. I also have a marware case for the iPod – very nice.

  3. Seems we have iJackers in the UK now. From this week’s Silicon.com weekly roundup (http://www.silicon.com/comment/0,39024711,39117126,00.htm)

    Let’s allow Steve to take up the story in his own words: “She walked right up to me and got within my comfort field… I was taken aback. She pulled out the earbuds on her iPod and indicated the jack with her eyes.”

    “We listened for about 30 seconds… No words were exchanged. We nodded and walked off.”

    It all sounds positively filthy in a sort of personal audio hardware meets Last Tango in Paris kind of way.

    However, once he’d tasted the forbidden fruit, Crandall got over his initial shock and decided to spread it around a bit, the little tart.

    Since that first chance encounter he’s apparently jacked off, so to speak, with four or five other iPod users on his walking excursions.

    This kind of behaviour is all very well in America, but it would never happen in Blighty would it? After all, we Brits are renowned for our reserve, right?

    Wrong. Apparently the practice is taking root in Cambridge where some wag has even had some T-shirts printed that bear the legend “Feel free to jack into my plug”.

    Which surely can’t be terribly hygienic?

    Personally, the Round-Up is far too shy to try anything so bold.

    However, if any iPod-using readers do fancy walking round the local park with Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get it On’ playing on a loop and are up for some cross-jacking action the editorial team would be interested to hear the results.

    For goodness sake, just be careful whose “comfort field” you get into…

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