My iPod was four years old yesterday. Well, actually, I've had it for four years (it was delivered after lunch on the 22nd of August, 2002), so it's probably a few days older.
I wouldn't have commented except for the "iPod lasts for years" story that did the rounds a month or so ago, and because I'm sure it's fairly rare for people to hang onto what seems to be treated as a disposable / upgradeable device for so long.
I'm old enough to remember paying £60 for a portable cassette player, and thinking that it had better last for ages (in fact, I still have it at home, although I've not used it for six years), so a device that cost over £300 should really be used until it dies. As it is, my iPod's had a new battery, and the hold switch is getting a little tetchy (you have to push in the plastic part that slides the actual switch, as the inside of it has worn down), but it's still a long way from actually dying in any meaningful way, so why replace it?
Sure, a 60GB device with the camera connector would be nice (especially to save me lugging so much stuff on holiday), but for now I've got better things to save for. Anyway, there's too much neophilia. Here's to loving the familiar.