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Say goodbye to the iPod, the device that made so many choices | Rebecca Nicholson

TThere are still a couple of old iPods in my desk drawer, tangled up with cables that will definitely come in handy someday. One is the dribbling I clipped onto my shirt while trying to get through the jogging phase. And the other is black from the fifth generation iPod. If I charge it for hours it will play a few songs before the screen melts and if I press the wheel in a way you don’t like it the screen freezes completely. It’s a frozen being in other ways too, capturing life at a certain time, in playlists called things like Dip It Low!! And happy birthday Matt 7.

Last week, just over 20 years later, The iPod was announced discontinued; When the last iPod Touches is sold, there will be no more. “[It] “It’s redefining how we discover, listen, and share music,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. according to Sorry the state of the music industry For anyone who isn’t at the top, I’m not sure this is something we should be totally proud of, but it has of course redefined music. As the iPod’s capacity has grown, from 5 GB to 160 GB, it has put extensive options in our pockets and made it portable.

You can settle on almost any of the iPod innovations and see them as a turning point in how music has become something we talk about consuming rather than listening to, but I still consider that element of choice. I know it’s a luxury place to be, but after a couple of decades I often feel queasy with the choice, not just when it comes to music but with all the entertainment. It’s easy to waste time choosing which TV series to watch on a streaming service, for example, and more often than I’d like to admit, I’ll scroll, fussing at the possibilities, before choosing nothing at all and going to bed with a book.

The same goes for podcasts, movies, and music, of course. How can anyone settle down when there is so much to choose from, all the time? Choosing has become a pointless activity in and of itself.

As is often the case with device death, there was a file A wave of iPod nostalgia, just as people fondly thought of the passage of the BlackBerry and its small and intricate keyboard from the perspective of an era when we softly tap the screen twice to send a long voice note. I felt it too. I feel nostalgic for what would have been the perfect balance of choice: just enough for the possibilities to seem endless, without actually being so.

Ncuti Gatwa: There is no better man to be the new doctor

Ncuti Gatwa
Ncuti Gatwa, Jodie Whittaker’s successor to the Tardis. Photo: Carlo Balloni/Rex/Shutterstock for BAFTA

The dust has settled on the announcement that the 29-year-old Ncuti Gatwafrom sex education Fame, from Jodi Whitaker as the newest doctor in the Doctor from. (Fan forums are rife with theories about the exact wording of the ad, which did not indicate that Gatua was the 14th Doctor, as he would be numerically correct. There are suggestions that he might be the new Doctor, but not next one Doctor, what kind of sprain that happens Doctor from a reputation for being confusing.)

The broad consensus is that this is a very good choice and that Gatwa certainly has the gassy energy the role seems to require; like Eric in sex education-It was a revelation. The announcement arrived on social media, just before last Sunday Baftas. Gatwa and returning president Russell T Davies shared a photo of two hearts and a blue square on Instagram and then the news kind of came out.

Given the uproar the former New Doctors had upon their arrival (Peter Capaldi got a full live event on BBC One, and Whitaker’s trailer at the end of the men’s Wimbledon finals), why was this key so low?

Madonna: Popes are still shocked after all these years

Madonna on stage in Colombia.
Madonna on stage in Colombia. Photo: Freddy Boyles/AFP/Getty Images

in March , The Hollywood Reporter Posted story about the arduous testing process going on to find the lead much discussed, eagerly awaited Madonna Biography.

Given the recent successes of films about Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Aretha Franklin, to name a few, of course there must be a movie about Madonna, despite being Madonna, she writes and directs and if the auditions are as severe as it seems it wouldn’t be surprising if She ended up starring as her younger self, too. According to the report, the film will culminate with its Blond Ambition tour, which continues to be one of the greatest pop hits ever.

In 1990, Pope John Paul II disagreed, urging people to boycott “one of the most satanic shows in human history,” which somewhat raised what it was in terms of professional reviews. Last week, Madonna chirp In Pope Francis he asks for a meeting to “discuss some important matters”. She said she was excommunicated three times. “It doesn’t seem fair,” added the woman who appeared on stage in Rome at the Cross in 2006, much to the chagrin of another daddy Benedict XVI. It is difficult to verify the excommunication of the Church, although there is no doubt that it has angered the popes over the years.

The controversy over the justice of excommunication with the current pope in the same week that she was released NFT Triple The digital art that includes nudity and trees and butterflies coming from intimate places makes me think it would be a shame that the autobiography would end in 1990. The current era would be a masterpiece.

Rebecca Nicholson is a columnist for the Observer