Karl Lagerfeld is considered one of the great designers of our time. Although he passed away in 2019, he has left many anecdotes about his life. There is one in particular that catches our attention. And it is that Lagerfeld once had up to 310 different iPods. A huge amount of the Apple device that must have some reason behind it.

Use iPods as if they were cassette tapes

The spirit of the iPod is still present in the DNA of many Apple products, so this anecdote is the most relevant now if possible. At the well-known auction house Sotheby’s A collection of objects belonging to Karl Lagerfeld and known as Estate III was put up for sale in early May. In it we find furniture, collections and various elements of the life of the fashion genius. And there are the 310 iPods. Divided into five lots, each one is detailed as follows:

Ipod nano

  • Lot 40, with 50 seventh generation iPod nano. Estimated price between 3,000 and 5,000 euros.
  • Lot 41, with 50 seventh generation iPod nano. Estimated price between 3,000 and 5,000 euros.
  • Lot 42, with 50 seventh generation iPod nano. Estimated price between 3,000 and 5,000 euros.
  • Lot 43, with 80 seventh generation iPod nano. Sixth price in 3,000 and 5,000 euros.
  • Lot 44, with 80 seventh generation iPod nano. Estimated price between 3,000 and 5,000 euros.

Three of these lots have been sold between 3,000 and 4,000 euros, as planned. Each of them has a small, round, colored sticker with an inscription inside. At first, it may seem like an auction house inventory system. But a more detailed look reveals notes from Lagerfeld himself with dates such as July 1, 2015, possible trips such as one to Rome in November 2013 or names of artists such as “Callas I”, a more than possible reference to the famous singer. Mary Callas.

ipod nano colors
ipod nano colors

Lagerfeld was a renowned collector who used his iPods as if they were the old magnetic tapes you listened to on a Walkman.

Judging by these inscriptions, we clearly see why you have so many iPods. And it is none other than have music already prepared on a multitude of devices, without having to stop to sync an iPod with the library of a computer or Mac. Just like the tapes in a Sony Walkman. Karl Lagerfeld preferred to organize his music library based on the iPods he owned, rather than having to connect and sync a single iPod.

The iPod may be dead.  But the spirit of him lives on in all of us

Only a sizeable music library can justify this method. Both iPod models had 8 or 16GB of storage space, insufficient for anything you have a more or less ambitious collection. Lagerfeld wouldn’t be the type of person to sync his iPod, but he would have someone who would take care of it, among other tasks. It’s easier to have them ready and ready to take when you need them. As if it were a cassette tape.

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