Friday, July 29, 2005

iPod Etiquette.

On this lazy, jobless afternoon, we find our protagonist ponder a question that is likely of very little importance, but one he shall air in a public forum regardless of merit.

"So I'm shuffling about with my mp3 player," he says, "and it occurs to me that its 20 gigabyte horde might contain some tunes that rarely pique my interest anymore, if ever. Now, I've often poo-pooed putting single tracks on such a device. As you may well be aware, as someone possessing of the collector's mentality, and for the sake of consistency, I generally prefer to keep my albums as albums, not as singles."

A pause for effect, before continuing: "This of course, can lead to the conundrum of having songs on one's mp3 player that, while appropriate within the context of listening to a full album, do not necessarily stand on their own in the shuffle-oriented world of the iPod (or what have you). On the other hand, by sacrificing the intended continuity of the album, one could theoretically end up with a player in which each and every piece of music is agreeable to the ears, all the time. No more skipping over the atmospheric tracks on summer car rides, or suddenly being overcome by sonic bombast while sipping mimosas and reading Neruda." He thinks this last reference to both wine and poetry is particularly amusing. Unfortunately, there are no gruff cynics on hand to tell him otherwise.

In the end, he chooses the latter route, and begins to systematically trim all the fat from his playlists. They will be made lean and throbbing by the present inclusion of various tunes one might call "solidly crafted." Will all this musical upheaval prove itself appealing over the long run? Well my friends, when time has appropriately run its course, we shall see.


Blogger the man with no name said...

you only had full albums? you crazy! the only thing that i'm really fanatical about in terms of itunes is having the correct information (id3) tags. i use a ridiculously good piece of software called 'musicbrainz tagger' to make the process super easy.

7/30/2005 11:54 a.m.  
Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

I tend to have mostly full albums and I also tend to listen to albums in their entirety for the reasons Punk is Dead mentioned. But lately I've been doing the playlist thing. I too am crazy about getting’ the ID3 tags correct, it makes it a real pain to make on-the-go lists if you don't have the correct info. I also use software for incorrect and incomplete tags. I use iEatBrainz, which after further research is the much cooler named Mac version of the software Nat Mac mentioned.

P.S. I thought he wine and poetry reference was funny.

7/30/2005 6:40 p.m.  

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