The Papal iPod

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Reports Charles Rae in the London Sun: “The Pope has become a man of iPod…and got a Nano to listen to his top tunes. Pope Benedict XVI was given the £139 gizmo by staff at Vatican Radio. It stores 1,000 tracks and his officials have loaded it with his favourites — mostly religious music, plus pieces by Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. The Pope, 78, is a pianist and appreciates good music. He has been spotted around the Vatican using his iPod and distinctive white earphones.

“A spokesman said: ‘He is very pleased with the iPod. The Holy Father likes to unwind listening to it and is of the opinion that this sort of technology is the future.’”

1:30 pm on March 8, 2006