Saturday, March 15, 2008

It's The Simplest Thing, But It's Still Pretty Neat

I'm the first to admit I'm a relatively newbie to the world of the iPod. I've been playing mp3s for years on various other devices of course - Palmpilots, and so on. But without the miracle of iTunes (okay, so it isn't a miracle, but...)

When playing music on most mp3 players, you can play a song, or an album, maybe shuffle everything up if you want. But I'm really enjoying the idea that, with almost 2,000 tracks on my iPod so far, I can listen to variations on a theme so easily. For example, I have no less than three versions of the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps - the White Album 'original', an acoustic version from Anthology #3, and an acoustic version with new strings added for the soundtrack to "Love", the Cirque du Soleil show. How about five versions of Get Back, including an odd remix I have from one of my workout CDs?

This is probably old hat to most of the iPod users out there, but it shouldn't be underestimated that just a couple of years ago, this kind of side-by-side comparison would have been a pain in the butt to set up - haul out all the CDs, put in one of them, cue it up, then eject it, then put in the next one, cue it up...lather, rinse, repeat. So, this old school guy still thinks this is cool. Come to think of it, it's especially cool, considering I'm listening to tunes that are 30 years old and in those days, this kind of convenience wasn't even dreamed of!

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