The BBC Explores the Role of Apple’s iPod for Soldiers at War

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BBC World Service has posted a radio program online called My War, My Playlist that explores the role that Apple's iPod has played in the day to day lives of soldiers at war, or more specifically, British soldiers at war. The piece starts with Steve Jobs's introduction of the iPod in September of 2001, just two weeks after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and a few weeks before the U.S. and UK invaded Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. They also look at the role of wartime playlists after war. Thanks to geoduck for the heads up—he told me, "My favorite part was when the one solder was talking about being on patrol in Afghanistan when suddenly they were in a really nasty firefight. In the middle of this, his iPod started playing Dolly Parton singing '9 to 5.' It was a bit of surrealism worthy of Apocalypse Now.

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