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I’ve been using this scheme for my iTunes playlist for about 10 years now. It’s a good system – when it worked. Unfortunately, when I went through the process of re-organizing my playlists, the dates got all messed up. I’ve went about two years with my smart playlists pulling songs in a dumb manner (half my songs were “added” in the last 2 years).

I finally spent some time and put together a new system. Instead of basing it on when I added the song, I just based it on the year of the song*. So now, I have the following component playlists:

  • Songs from before 1990
  • Songs from 1990 – 1994
  • Songs from 1995 – 1999
  • Songs from 2000 – 2004
  • Songs from 2005 – 2009
  • Songs from 2010 – 2014
  • Songs from 2015 – 2019
  • Songs that I’ve added in the last year
  • Songs rated 1 or 2 stars (above playlists are only 3 stars or higher)
  • Songs that are not rated (added recently)

I have general rules on all of them where it omits songs played within the last 8-12 weeks (12 weeks for the 00s, shorter for older and newer songs) and limits to 10. From that I build a single smart playlist which should be a mix of all time periods, songs that I enjoy listening to but haven’t listened to recently, and have a stronger weighting towards new songs.

Hopefully this system will provide enough variety for another decade, at which point I think everyone will be streaming.

*I know that this is not always accurate, because greatest hits or compilations will have a year of when that CD was released, rather than each individual song


Now that I’ve spent even MORE time moving around my MP3s, I realized a couple of more things:

  • When your album name or your album artist changes (I think), iTunes decides to change the modified date on that song. This really messed up my smart playlists as now half the songs in my collection have been modified in the last month. Add to that that some recent upgrade of iTunes updated the library data so that all the added date got mangled (pushed everything into 2012), and I’ve basically lost track of when each song entered my library. So my playlists no longer works, thanks iTunes! Now the only thing keeping me in iTunes is the investment I’ve made into song ratings.
  • Originally I had decided only to move albums for mainstream artists. But then I had a large dance music collection which I moved over. This added a lot of noise to my artists page, but eventually I decided that I would rather just backup my physical music collection entirely in the cloud.
  • My music collection size has ballooned greatly. I think before this work, it was around 20GB. Now it’s around 43GB
  • There used to be a hack to convert DRM-protected songs that I bought from iTunes to iTunes Plus (no DRM and better bit rate). But that no longer works. So I have a bunch of music that’s locked inside iTunes. Oh well, it won’t stop me from moving away from iTunes (eventually)
  • I started out using albumart.org (proxy for Amazon) for cover art and allmusic.com for genre details. However, I found out that discogs.com is much better for both. Especially because I can find obscure Canadian CDs and singles on there. However, there are still a couple of albums I can’t find)

I’ve been using my iTunes playlist strategy for over five years now in order to keep my songs fresh. But it’s a bit inevitable that I will begin to tire of my collection since I’m adding new songs much less frequently than I did in the past. The past little while when I have been listening to my music, I’ve felt that I’m beginning to tire of some songs even if they are good/great songs. In encountering this, I realize that there should be two different metrics for a song – its rating and its freshness.

The rating is easy to understand, you either really like or really hate a song or somewhere in between. I don’t think a song rating should change (unless something drastic happens such as you associating the song with a tragic event).

Freshness describes how frequent you want to hear the song, and that changes over time. When you hear a great top40 hit for the first time, it will be very fresh (say 5/5) and you want to hear it very often – maybe every day. After two weeks or so, you may still enjoy listening to the song but it will drive you crazy if you hear it all the time, so let’s say the freshness is 3/5. Then after a few months, you may still want to hear the song on occasion, but you’ve moved on to newer songs – then its freshness could be 1/5.

A smarter playlist would actually sort and pick songs based on the freshness rather than rating. You could have some 1 or 2 star songs that you want to listen to a bit more frequently for a time (say Christmas songs around Christmas) so you would adjust to freshness higher. The only problem with this approach is that there is no mechanism to record freshness in iTunes (unless you reuse the rating field or add the freshness into the actual metadata of the file). So I’m kind of stuck in how I would actually implement this.

The second problem is that when you have a large collection, it is very time consuming to keep accurate freshness of your music. There probably needs to be an automated system that would adjust freshness of songs based on your listening frequency.


Here’s something I haven’t done in awhile – let’s take a look at my iTunes. Aside from the radio, I obsessively listen to music through iTunes and my iPod (to the extent that it probably curtails my discovery of new music). And I still use a custom shuffling script that I wrote several years ago to keep my music interesting & fresh (or at least not repeating too often), which means that songs oldies I like I continue to listen to. All of this means that I have a record of what songs I’ve been listening to since around 2003 or so on iTunes (well through last.fm too, but that’s another story). I took a look in 2005 to see what songs I listened to the most, let’s see how that’s changed in 5 years.

Not much. Most of the songs that I was listening to frequently before are still on the chart, with their #s increased by 75%. A couple of new entries as well, which is expected. You know in the last 6 years I’ve spent over 12 hours of it listening to Coldplay’s Talk?

Some strangeness though, why have I spent 11 hours listening to Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back To Me Now or Aqua’s Turn Back Time? I don’t even remember the last time I heard them.

It might be interesting to see what new music I’ve been listening to since 2005. Surprisingly it’s a wide variety. I expected to see a lot of John Mayer, Shins, Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire etc but they are actually not that prominent in this list!

How about since in the last 3 years? I’d expect the Cardigans & Dido to show up a lot.

But it turns out I’ve been listening to a lot of CSS instead. In the past few years I haven’t added much new music (although I’ve added a lot of “oldies” to my library). It’s likely that most of the songs on this list is unrecognizable to you!


I started Free iTunes Downloads three-and-a-half years ago! Time flies doesn’t it. In that time, there have been a lot of copy cats:

  • http://itsfreedownloads.com/
  • http://www.myfreetunesdownloads.com/ (formerly http://www.freeitunes4me.com/)
  • http://www.freeonitunes.net/ (which is for the iPhone)

There were more but some have gone the way of the Dodo. I was looking around for competitors the other day, when I came across the last link. Why were they .net? I did a query for .com and apparently it wasn’t taken. Well now it has because I registered it and pointed it at Free iTunes Downloads. The funny thing is “Free on iTunes” is the phrase that Apple likes to use to advertise their free stuff, so I guess with this URL I’m competing against Apple’s Pagerank.


I was at HMV yesterday killing some time, and lucky for me I didn’t walk out of the store with my wallet a few hundred $ lighter! I still enjoy browsing HMV, even though their CD section is dwindling, now sharing space with DVDs (blu-ray, HD and the oldie variety), books, and video games. I don’t typically buy anything there anymore because it’s usually cheaper to buy online.

Ok side track. I used to do used CD crawls, but I haven’t been wasting time downtown in awhile so that event has gone the way of acne. But one night I was surfing randomly, and noticed that Amazon.ca’s used selection is sometimes reasonably cheap, even with the extra $3.50 added on for shipping. I bought Robyn’s self-titled, Kylie’s X and Fergie’s The Duchess for about $6 shipped to my door concierge. Here’s one of my faves, Kylie’s All I See

Anyways, I spent a lot of time in HMV because they had a killer deal. Buy 2 featured CDs and get a $15 iTunes gift card. I understand that they want to get luddites used to buying music online, but this deal is ridiculous. I can buy the latest CDs by Franz Ferdinand, Pink, Britney Spears, or Beyonce at $10 each and get 75% back.

There were a lot of other good deals; some recent CDs I’m interested in for 2/$20 and a lot of new greatest hits packages for only $8. At $8 a CD and with an increased disposible income, these CDs are in my impulse buy range. Now it’s only willpower and unwillingness to accumulate stuff that keeps my collection in check.

I ended up with (only) 3 CDs. Lenka’s self-titled, MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, and Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. The first two were for the deal, and I’ve been looking to buy Lenka anyways. I don’t think MGMT was a good deal, but there weren’t any other CDs that I felt were worth buying since I had already been listening to most of them. I picked up Lily Allen because it was an awesome CD and I was just waiting for it to hit $10. Here’s MGMT’s Kids


I’m not a big fan of Jazz. I don’t find it annoying, like say Country music (although there is not-bad country music – hi Taylor Swift), but I don’t seek out to listen to it on a regular basis. The only two Jazz artists that I have in my iTunes is Norah Jones and Sophie Milman.

I first discovered Sophie Milman by downloading her song Back Home To Me for free on iTunes. She’s a, let me make sure I get this right, Russian-born, grew-up-in-Israel jazz singer who went to U of T (she’s 26 so around so our age). I picked up her debut CD used for $7 because of that iTunes single. It wasn’t that memorable except for two amazing tracks.

Recently, she came out with a new album, Take Love Easy so I downloaded that and her last album that I missed (Make Someone Happy). Her music has evolved in a good way, and I enjoy both albums. It is Jazz that I can enjoy and listen to on a regular basis!

The knock I have against her is that (I think) all her songs are remakes or covers, and not necessarily of Jazz artists. She has a cover of The Boss on her latest. She’s taking existing, catchy music, and singing an arranged Jazz version.


Another year and another 40-odd songs downloaded for free from iTunes (I screen them first). Here are the best from this year:

  1. Brooke Waggonner – Young Friend
    Awesome song, like a better version of Sarah Barellies’ Love Song. I would never have known about this song if not for iTunes.
  2. Kardinall Offishal ft Akon – Dangerous
    Had second thoughts about downloading this one, but now it’s a classic!
  3. Black Kids – I’m Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
    This song is so 2007 and the major label release is a bit different than the indie version I downloaded from their MySpace
  4. Cut Copy – Lights & Music
    These electronic dudes sound like they’re from the 80s, and are finally getting radio airplay in Canada. This song is better than that song they’re playing on the radio though.
  5. Karina – Can’t Find The Words
    Originally I didn’t think this R&B single would be that great, but it has grown on me.
  6. Duffy – Mercy
    Big song from the summer, was a free download in March.
  7. Lenka – The Show
    Cute pop singer in the vein of Annie. This is not the best song, but it’s still catchy. Another artist that iTunes introduced me to.
  8. I Nine – Seven Days of Lonely
    I heard this song on the radio first actually, it’s not bad so I downloaded it when it was free.
  9. Danger – 11h30
    Another catchy electronic track. Between this and Cut Copy, it seemed like it would be a good free year for Electronic. But these were the only two highlights.
  10. Babasóonicos – Microdancing
    I usually don’t bother downloading the Latin Single of the Week but this one was pretty catchy.

The most neat for me in the NXE, aside from the avatars (which aren’t really useful) is the ability to queue downloads on the LIVE marketplace. I can surf to whatever I want to download (usually free), like a trial or a demo, and download it. The next time my Xbox starts up, it automatically downloads my queued downloads. This is great if I’m surfing around and finding out about new things for my Xbox.

After living with this feature, I kind of miss it in other products. iTunes can easily use this feature, since it is already account centered. If I choose to buy a song in the iTunes store, why can’t I have it downloaded to all my machines that are authorized? Apple’s not leading the way here.


Last week, during Apple’s “Big Media Event”, iTunes 8 was announced. Normally, I don’t upgrade my iTunes because I haven’t bought the new gadgets (i.e., iPhone, iPod Touch), so point upgrades were not useful to me. But this was an entire version upgrade, like XP->Vista, or DS Phat -> DSL, and if I upgraded, I could play with the new features.

Like the media event, I was underwhelmed. There’s a new visualizer which I haven’t even tried out yet. There’s an album cover/genre view which I don’t use, and there’s this new feature called Genius. Genius is supposed to pick through your music collection, send it to Apple (Hi Pirates!), and then suggest songs that go perfect with each other. With Genius, you’d never have to create your own playlist or mixtape ever again!!11!!111!one

Right.

The first time I tried Genius, I selected a song and brought up the new Genius sidebar. I was not impressed when I saw that the sidebar had links to the iTunes Store where I could buy songs and albums that would sound perfect with my selected song. Cashgrab? Well to be honest that was the Genius sidebar and not Genius itself. Next I started Genius properly and pulled up my perfect playlist. From what I can tell, Genius works on the following algorithm:

  1. Add songs that other people who listen to this song, listen to
  2. Add songs in the same genre
  3. Add songs in the same time period

Ta-da! Well magic’s not always perfect. To illustrate how this method is completely flawed, I picked a couple of lonely orphans in my music collection. What are some songs that go perfect with Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive:

I’d expect some disco, I guess Pet Shop Boys and Cher are close (although that’s 90s Cher). But Robbie Williams? Queen??

Ok, how about Biz Markie’s Just a Friend?

This looks like my collection of hip-hop songs, random stuff from the 80s to the 00s; with some R&B thrown in for fun.

And finally, Kardinal Offishal’s Dangerous:

I don’t have much recent music in my library right now, and so Genius decided to pull half the songs from my last list that was “perfect” for early 90s rap. And some Britney Spears. Genius needs to go back to school.


One of the reasons why I am warming to the idea of buying singles from iTunes is because I’ve been getting good use of the songs I’ve downloaded off iTunes lately. In fact, a lot of the tracks I’ve downloaded recently have been starting to get radio airplay. I’ve already blogged about Duffy, but another huge one was Sarah Bareilles’ Love Song. If you listen to the adult contemporary stations (Mix, Chum) then you have no doubt heard this song – it’s near the top of the charts now. I downloaded it in June of 2007, so early in fact that when I was looking for her full CD (Love Song is a nice piano driven ballad in the vein of Chantal Kreviazuk), I couldn’t even find it!

In October, I downloaded The Last Goodnight’s Pictures of You and Metro Station’s Shake It. Shake It has just started getting airplay, but Pictures of You was a decent hit last year. That one was a bit weird because it wasn’t offered for free until it was already on the radio! The same thing happened with I Nine’s Seven Days of Lonely in February and Kreesha Turner’s Bounce With Me in May.

Recently, Kardinal Offishall’s new single, Dangerous (featuring Akon, although Akon basically carries the entire song) was free and it looks like it’s going to be a summer blockbuster.

In addition to getting a lot of songs for free that I would’ve wanted to buy off iTunes anyways. I’ve been exposed to some electronic music that I otherwise never would have known about, such as Cut Copy’s Lights & Music and Danger’s 11h30. Overall, iTunes has been performing favorably, and maybe I’ll end up purchasing things for real money in the future.


Lately, I have been more and more inclined to buying singles off iTunes. I guess this has been a natural progression since my teen days, when I had enough time to go through the bargain bins at various used CD stores around downtown to search for the CDs that I had on “my list”. Eventually that evolved to being more patient about getting the CDs I wanted and just rummaging through the bargain bins when I had the opportunity. Now, I don’t really have any CDs on my list so I just look for bargains.

But over this time, I’ve used iTunes more and more, specifically for downloading singles (for free!). The old-old-school me, before I started buying CDs, really only cared about singles. CDs usually only had one or two worthy songs. I had since shifted to appreciating albums, but there are still many times where I only care about singles. Now that summer is around the corner, and the radio stations are starting to play the summer bombs, I have this itching feeling to buy all the songs I like to hear on iTunes. Yay for disposable income!


The last little while, I’ve been moving my stuff over from laptop to my desktop as my desktop will now be my primary computer. Everything seems to have gone pretty smoothly as I have had a good separation between data and programs for awhile now. I’ve been delaying the move of my iTunes because I bought an iPod dock from Ebay ($4! fits every type) and was waiting for it to arrive.

There are instructions online on how to move your iTunes library from one computer to another. I wanted to preserve all my metadata (i.e., playcounts, ratings, etc) if possible and there is an established way to do this. Basically you:

  1. Take the XML file of your library,
  2. Do global search and replace to fix up the paths,
  3. Drop the updated XML file in your new iTunes library folder,
  4. Zero out the iTunes Library database file (the one that has a .itl extension),
  5. Restart iTunes and it will rebuild your library.

This works almost perfectly. The only metadata that is not preserved is the date that the file was added to your iTunes library (it sets it as the current day).

Well 95% is better than nothing right? In my case, the Date Added field was pretty important because I use smart playlists that change how often the song is played based on when I added the song to iTunes (old songs get fewer plays). After some research, I found out that the Date Added field in iTunes is read-only, and can only ever be set when the file is imported (short of reverse engineering the iTunes Library database). So that sucked, but I decided that I still wanted my Date Added metadata.

So, my recourse was to copy my old iTunes Library, with its incorrect paths, and load it on my desktop. That worked, with all metadata preserved; except none of the songs could be found (the paths were all wrong!). I looked at ways to fix this, and it seemed like using the iTunes SDK was a good bet. Unfortunately, the Windows SDK doesn’t allow you to set the location of a file, only to read the location! So I’m now resorting to manually updating the file path by searching for it in the file system. I’ve gotten the time per song to under 10 seconds, so with ~2200 songs in my library, I’m looking at spending 6 hours this weekend updating iTunes. Yay.


By now, you have probably heard about the Apple Showtime Media event where they announced the next generation iPods, renamed the iTunes Music Store to the iTunes Store, snuck a peak at codename iTV, and introduced iTunes 7. I am most excited about iTunes because it is actually a real new version of the software. The UI has been improved, and the colour scheme was updated. These seem like trivial, superficial changes and maybe they are, but it makes iTunes fun to play with again. I’ve been downloading album covers for my ripped collection and flipping through them with the recently Apple-acquired Coverflow. It’s neat!

I’ve been listening to my iPod daily recently, putting it through 6-8 hours and a charge cycle every day. It has certainly gone through a lot. The plug on my headphones is breaking (with wires exposed) from being bent and my formerly straight headphone cord has corners now. Even the back of my customized iPod is turning into brushed metal, with lots of scratches and a lack of a copyright statement. It seems like I need a new one, but I don’t! I still haven’t filled up my 20GB with ripped and purchased music. That seems like a reason to buy more CDs if anything.


I heard the other day on the radio, that Daniel Powter’s Bad Day is the most downloaded song of all time coming in at 1.6 million downloads. I couldn’t find the details online, but I guess it’s legal downloads and within the US, whether it’s iTunes or not is up in the air.

I like to think that I contributed to that figure as I downloaded the song from iTunes. It was a free Single of the Week and I’m sure that played a factor in that figure. Actually, while Powter is Canadian, I think that he is not as good as James Blunt, which is not to say that either of them are that good.


My playlist in iTunes has been, for the most part, doing reasonably well. I had put it together because iTunes didn’t have any functionality to play songs you rated better more often. Then, iTunes was updated to include Party Shuffle that had that functionality, unfortunately it had an annoying tendency to repeat songs in short time frames.

So I kept my old playlist with its ability to play better songs more often, but still cycle through my entire library. The problem was that I eventually got tired of old songs (even though they may be really good!), and had to manually pull them out of the playlist. I ended up resorting to using a specially playlist to include songs older than X months.

I’ve created a new set of playlists now that will generate what I want. First, i have a lower reliance on star ratings now; if a song has 3 or more stars I group them together as good songs, and if they have a rating of 2 stars I group them together as bad songs. I don’t include any songs with a rating of 1 star (these I count as songs that don’t belong in my library, but are there for whatever reasons), and also have a special category for unrated songs.

Next, I create smart playlists for the “good” songs based on when the song was added, currently I have 1) within the last year, 2) within one to two years, and 3) greater than 2 years. From these three playlists, a playlist with a selection of 2 star songs (from whenever), and a playlist with a selection of unrated songs; I extract songs in a specific ratio (by keeping the size of each playlist in the ratio with relation to each other) and that is my master playlist.

A couple of notes on this, first my 2 star playlist is not sorted by date added. It consists of all songs that are rated 2 stars and it is just there to add variety (like my previous playlist). Eventually I will cycle through all of them. Secondly, I added a Has Not Been Played In X Days clause to ever playlist so that the song will be removed from the playlist and a new one added after it has been played. Finally, on the more recent playlists, I have an additional clause to select least often played songs because I want my play counts to eventually all be at about the same plateau.


I had some free downloads at the iTunes store so I’ve been trying to figure out what songs to buy. I could either get the songs that I dig now, but haven’t bought on CD yet, or some classics (i.e. songs from a few years back that I dug) that I don’t have yet. I think that I would be happier getting the songs I like now because they’re fresh and new, but I may end up buying them on CD in the future and wasting my downloads.

The same could be said for the “classics”, I could find them in the bargain bin; so I’m now looking through my MP3 collection to see what singles I would probably never get on CD and downloading those, which perhaps may be the point of singles.


Bests

Best Movie: Batman Begins
Best Worst Idea of the Year: more school
Check my Top Music of 2005 for my music picks

Spending
$362.78 spent on CDs (28 new, 46 used)
$85.10 spent watching movies (7 hollywood, 2 indie)
$85.88 spent on DVDs (2 real, 10 bootleg)
78d 3h 24m 8s spent listening to iTunes (170 days, 13:43:14 total)

Significant Events

DQ stuff last Winter,
Various fourth year events (pictures),
Finally finished my undergrad degree,
Trip to San Francisco over Independence Day long weekend,
Writing my blogs with proper capitalization,

Resolution for the New Year
Ah I can’t think of a resonable goal that I would be able to reach. Oh wait I got one, how about next year I’ll try and put more effort into the 2006 round up.

Related:
Top Music of 2005
Year In Review: 2004
iTunes play time at the end of 2004


Lately, I’ve gotten in the habit of leaving my phone at home or in my bag. Not that I don’t want it with me, it’s just that I have a scarcity of pockets and between my camera and my iPod, the phone was out of room.

I know a perfect solution for this, and that is to have an mp3 player on my cellphone. Some where I could pop in a SD card for 1 gig of music (i.e. smartphone, definitely not ROKR). I don’t really care about the intuitive UI of the iPod because I only need shuffling and playing; I don’t browse through my music on-the-go. Of course, the one drawback to this, and a major obstacle, is that my music listening wouldn’t revolve around iTunes anymore and I wouldn’t be able to track my listening habits (I know, I’m anal).

This would also solve my problem of a small mp3 player.


Very cool way to grab music videos if you’re interested in having them in Quicktime and have access to iTunes. This link has the details but basically you figure out what video you want a copy of, right click on it to copy the link, pop the URL into this script, and download the resulting link. At a decent compression rate, each high quality music video is only about 50 megs. Awesome.

Now if you rip the audio out of it, hrmm…


i’ve heard about audioscrobbler for awhile, but i finally got started on it because zmp was using it. anyways, it keeps track of what you’ve been listening to and outputs fancy aggregates of the artists and songs you listen to the most. the only drawback is you always need to have their plugin running (and an internet connection). actually, i should also mention that all my dirty laundry is on the web now because it plays no favorites as to reporting what you’re listening to.

anyways, while audioscrobbler is cool, it only started collection statistics since i’ve started using it. so it’s missing oh, a couple years of good music listening. awhile back, i posted my most listened to tracks through itunes so lets see what’s changed in the 8 months or so since.

the numbers haven’t gone up as much mostly because i added a lot more music into my library while i was in seattle. also, i started moving some songs out of my playlist so their play counts will begin to not increase as much in the future. now i just need to make the rising, dropping lists.


sometimes, the itunes free single of the week is crappy but on occasion you get lucky and you actually like the track and you’re introduced to new music (which i guess is the point right?). anyways, recently i’ve been getting lucky and downloaded a couple of pretty good (at least 3 stars) songs:

the geeks get the girls (american hi-fi): hilarious and a fusion of mainstream+punk?

l-l-love (astaire): i think this is one of those next-stage-in-evolution adult contemporary genre type songs (nsie-ac?)

club foot (kasabian): i heard this track on smallville, and i was all like I KNOW THIS. cross marketing yo

back to me (kathleen edwards): another catchy nsie-ac

one evening (feist): apparently she’s canadian? another nsie-ac

walking with a ghost (tegan & sara): another canadian group which i got introduced to here

anyways, it seems to me that the free singles are either ones that will resonate with the young crowd who are into technology and watch like the oc, or they’re for older folks who have money to spend on digital music and don’t want to hear a lot of noise.


my rental is a two door chevy monte carlo; an ass of a car. it’s big and ugly i guess like most american people. anyways there’s one quirky feature i noticed where the stereo systems volume scales based on the speed you drive; so basically when you’re on the highway it gets louder by itself. the feedback loop however is slow or something so you often end up turning it up yourself (then being defeaned by the AI).

i never know when to tip and how much to tip; but i did find a resource on the web which clears things up a bit about when to tip.

i think what’s really missing from the hotel is wireless; i don’t really want to be stuck on my desk to use the internet when i could be sitting on the bed. you would think something like this would be pretty easy to implement in seattle.

i’ve won two free songs on itunes in three tries. the method they describe to win at the itunes pepsi contest is actually a lot harder to do in real life then in theory. anyways, i don’t know if it’s worth it to keep trying because i don’t know what songs to get!


pauline has my ipod for the next indeterminate while so i’ve resorted to carrying around my laptop and my big (dj-stylez) headphones to listen to my music on the go. anyways, that’s a convenient segue to blog useless facts about how long i’ve been using itunes. my total itunes time at the beginning of the new year was: 92 days, 10:19:06 and it’s now at 98 days 7:58:02. actually i’m surprised that it hasn’t gone up too much since the new year, guess i’m not using my ipod as much at school.

anyways, i should also mention that pauline’s paradise is back up, so you can read up on what pauline’s doing in addition to my boring life


this is the last installment in my series of how i deal with my music. in this blog, i’ll talk about how i listen to my music.

i don’t listen to any illegal mp3s anymore; i own everything i listen too. it’s kind of odd that i decided to do this, but i got tired of hearing badly encoded mp3s or spending ungodly amounts of time looking for a particular song. yes, i lose out on a lot of variety but that’s just a tradeoff i made due to my lack of time.

since my music library is organized through itunes; i listen to all my mp3s through there. if i need a lightweight player for when i’m playing games or something, i’ll switch the winamp but probably 90% of the time i use itunes. it also integrates with my ipod and keeps tracking of play count and other statistics for my smart playlists. i need this tracking because my master playlist in itunes is very specific. i’ve previously blogged about my itunes master playlist and it is what i use to play music when i’m on my computer and on my ipod.

for new songs, i tend to leave them unrated until their playcount reaches about 10 which gives them good exposure and i won’t complain about never hearing new songs.

previous blogs about how i deal with my music:

how i access my music
how i find out about new music
my itunes master playlist
i’m a singles guy philosophy
organizing music in itunes
buying music online is too expensive