Skipping CD players and Walkmans that ate tapes for breakfast were par for the course until your parents finally ponied up the cash for an iPod, and that was a beautiful day. The light, colorful device was your ticket to never having to listen to anyone on the bus ever again. Nothing was more liberating than being able to muffle the world with your "School Jamz" playlist. Of course, the next year you wanted a new one, as Apple dependably released a smaller, sleeker model, but for three months there, you were as happy as technology can make you be.