“There are two types of people in New York: Those who have an iPod and those who want one,” writes Mary Huhn and Maxine Shen for the NY Post. “The power to cram a jukebox worth of tunes into your shirt pocket is revolutionizing the New York social scene. There are iPod parties, jackets, fan clubs and Web sites galore. People are using the portable MP3 players as alarm clocks, address books and surrogate pets. Get some addicts talking about their little white obsession and they’ll never shut up.”

Huhn and Shen write, “Inevitably, in true Apple tradition, the original has since been put out to pasture by the latest model – which came out last July, costs $500 and holds up to 7,500 songs on 30 gigabytes of space, which no other MP3 player on the market can match. Good luck finding one – the sought-after machine is sold out at many Manhattan outlets including SoHo’s new Apple store, though at press time, CompUSA and Best Buy had them in stock.”

Huhn and Shen make a boo-boo by incorrectly reporting, “While the first model only worked only with Apple’s Mac computers, computer programmers found a way around that by creating software – called MusicMatch – to adapt the iPod to Windows-based PCs.”

In fact, Apple themselves created the Windows iPod version, not some band of programmers creating “MusicMatch” in a feverish attempt to bring the iPod to Windows. MusicMatch was an already-existing software product. Apple’s original press release announcing their release of the Windows version of the iPod is here.

Otherwise, a fun article from the NY Post here.