Digital music will change my life

posted by Jeff | Monday, October 20, 2003, 9:27 PM | comments: 4

So if you were paying attention last week you saw that Apple Computer released a Windows version of iTunes, the music jukebox/rip and burn tool that Mac folks have been horny about since its inception years ago, before most of had even heard of the term "MP3."

Well, I downloaded it, and truth be told, I think it will change my life. It's such an elegant tool that I can't help but rip the hundreds of CD's I have and dump it all on my hard drive. You put in the CD and click a button. That's all there is to it. You can drag and drop songs onto a playlist, click another button and burn that list to a CD. Still simple.

Now here's the life-changing part. All of this fabulous music can be transferred to an iPod and I can carry it anywhere. Why is that life-changing? Let me explain...

Music for me has always been something I associate with a time, an emotion or a person (sometimes all three). It started early for me around fifth grade or so, when I was fascinated with top 40 radio. There was something absolutely magical about WGCL in Cleveland and "Dancin'" Danny Wright in the afternoons. Most of the time I forget that I actually had that job after college!

Through high school music served all kinds of purposes for me. It reminded me of girls, it made me think up light shows in my head and it made me want to play air guitar.

In college music helped me through late night radio shifts, get over girls (again) and motivate me to kick the world's ass before it kicked mine.

After college, it served many purposes, from everything to more motivation, loving my wife, getting ready to coach volleyball, write code, serve as mental soundtracks to roller coasters, make movies more than they would've been otherwise, remind me of road trips and vacations... there are so many things.

The music could mean a thousand different things to other people, but in my world it's a part of me. By having it with me and easily accessible, the music helps me remember who I am, where I've been, where I want to go and who I want to be. All of those things define how fun it is to be me. Sometimes I need a reminder.




October 23, 2003, 7:22 AM # With the RIAA starting to ruin peoples lives (12 year old from the projects getting sued) it's good to see they are finally realizing that digital music is what the industry is making the change towards.


October 23, 2003, 2:37 PM # The RIAA has nothing to do with it. They're going about things the wrong way, but they're entitled to sue people who steal music. Legit digital distribution has nothing to do with it.


October 23, 2003, 7:34 PM # Congrats on the iPod purchase, Jeff. I knew that once I got you using iTunes I would have you sold on converting to the digital music lifestyle that Apple is pushing ;o) I bought my iPod back in April and it seems like I find myself using it more and more as time goes on. Every crappy task seems a lot easier to accomplish when you have your favorite tunes playing in the background.

Now if only I could convince you to try an actual Apple computer.... :o)


October 24, 2003, 3:08 AM # I'd buy a Mac today if they were cheaper.

I'm a little pissed at Applie right now though, because as it turns out they didn't ship it 2-day, as I paid for it. It went ground, so God only knows when I'll see it.

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