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iPod: A Way to Meet Other Singles?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 13, 2005

Ok, I just read the cutest story on Wired about how teens are using their iPods to meet each other and to break the ice. This new take on a snappy come-on line is called iPod jacking: You come up to fellow iPod listeners and ask them if they’d like to swap their ear buds with you for a moment. The idea is to see what music the other person is listening to to start a conversation.

The iPod is turning into a dating device, clearly. Already, PodDater.com allows people to download videos of other singles onto their video iPods. When I checked the site a couple of days ago, it had more than 600 profiles up. Not bad for a brand-new dating site. There’s also single.podcom.org, allowing people to download and listen to other singles’ audio file messages.

Neat ideas, but I am wondering about how well they really work. Have you used such services? What has your experience with them been like? How was using them different from using online dating services, often offering audio and video capabilities?

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Reader Comments

steve baker

December 13, 2005 05:36 PM

Olga, my kids don't want to share ear buds because they consider them dirty. Should I tell them they're neurotic?

dave park

December 14, 2005 02:26 PM

i don't think you actually let someone use your earbuds/headphones. instead you plug your earbuds/headphones into their ipod and they do the same to your ipod.

Joe

December 17, 2005 10:46 AM

Does this mean the bigger the iPod you have, the better chances you have? haha.. I don't know if this is going to have as big of an impact as its being led on to be, but its another one of those scenerios of going to the laundromat and doing your laundry and seeing a girl folding her clothes, smiling and winking at you!

Jim

December 19, 2005 09:59 AM

Met a girl in Berlin last summer with my mp3 player (not an ipod). I found out later that she was a fairly well-known (though not to me) film star and Cosmopolitan cover model.
So it can't be such a bad technique.

J

neeraj

February 9, 2009 04:50 AM

The iPod is turning into a dating device, clearly. Already, PodDater.com allows people to download videos of other singles onto their video iPods. When I checked the site a couple of days ago, it had more than 600 profiles up. Not bad for a brand-new dating site. There’s also single.podcom.org, allowing people to download and listen to other singles’ audio file messages............


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