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Coincidence [Jan. 15th, 2008|02:16 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I have iTunes now. I'm not a big follower of trends, but I needed it for the iPod/iHome alarm clock set-up and it's a helluva nice system for organizing music. I've been ripping more of my CDs so I can make playlists and rediscover music that I've had around for a while, but have forgotten about.

The last few days, I've made a concerted effort to grab a handful of CDs (usually five) on my way upstairs to the computer and once everything is up and running, I put one in, rip it, eject it, then modify whatever the default information settings were to something more appropriate or preferable. As the evening progresses, I throw another one in, then another. I figure I might finish going through all the music I own sometime in 2008 if I keep it up...

Tonight I only grabbed four from the top of the pile since two were double albums. The complete pile included: Pat McCurdy's The Good Life: Memorial Day, Paste magazine's sampler #3, The Monkees Anthology (a two disc set from Rhino), and Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology (the other two disc set, also from Rhino).

The coincidence struck me because I discovered Buckley by watching The Monkees TV show repeats back when I was a kid, then again when MTV ran them in my late teenage years. Buckley played "Song to the Siren" on the show and I'd looked for it for years without ever finding it. Apparently that TV appearance was the only recording (aside from my amateur tape recording made off the television). This anthology is one of the only albums on which I've ever found it.

So, not a big coincidence, just a small, amusing one. If I'd also managed to accidentally grab a Jeff Buckley album along with, that would've been even more impressive.

[User Picture]From: whitebird
2008-01-16 03:58 am (UTC)
You just reminded me that I had a bit of a thought about your alarum clock situation.

I don't know if this will work with an iPod or not, I don't have one of them there new fangled devices. (They only recently attained a size big enough for my music collection.)

I know that in iTunes, you can create a smart playlist. You can have it sort on features such as "longest time since last played" and "only select comedy tracks." If you grabbed the top 20 or 30 of those tracks, and set them in random play order and then synched that playlist to the iPod, I think it'd really mix up your collection of comedy tracks nicely, and keep a good rotation going. It was just a thought I had, and again, I don't know how doable it might be with an iPod, not sure how they deal with smart playlists.
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