It all started when I was walking through the Arndale in Manchester a few months ago and I happened to see the new ipod Touch in the Apple store. I'd never even heard of it before, but I just couldn't resist its charms, and before I knew what was happening, I had walked up to the counter.
"Can I buy a Touch" I asked inquisitively.
"Certainly Sir" he replied. "Would that be the 8gb basic model, or the full 16gb model?".
This threw me slightly as I didn't realise there was a choice of two. As if in a trance I heard my voice say "16gb please".
So before I knew it, I was leaving the shop with quite a small package in a nice apple bag, and £269 less in my bank account.