Tag: iTunes

And now a few thoughts about Spotify

And now a few thoughts about Spotify

Internet, Music
I've been hearing about Spotify, one of the seemingly endless number of music listening applications and sites out there, for months. But as it was not available in the U.S. I didn't pay it much mind. But that all changed today, as Spotify is now available to us here in the good ol' U.S. of A. And like every other service I've ever used, Spotify promises to change the way we listen to music. Just like their nifty little promo video says: Sounds good huh? I decided to take the plunge and download Spotify, so I could see just how much my world would be rocked. For reference, I already use the following services to one degree or another: Last.fm Rhapsody Slacker All of those services have their good and bad points, and between the three of them I pretty much get what I ne...
Why the Hell Should I Like… Rush? (The Rebuttal)

Why the Hell Should I Like… Rush? (The Rebuttal)

Music
“Why the hell should I like… ?” is an experiment of sorts between Popblerd and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. What we’re going to attempt to do is to pick 10 songs from our favorite artists — one for which the other has professed dislike or disinterest — and show them why they’re wrong. So, first of all, I've gotta give props to Mr. Gray Flannel Suit, not only for agreeing to collaborate with me on this series but also for rocking a gray flannel suit in the heat of summer. That's dedication. I don't dislike Rush. I just don't know much about them. Prior to listening to the list of songs that was selected for me, I had exactly ONE Rush song in an iTunes library that just recently crossed the 43,000-song mark -- "Tom Sawyer." No excuses -- I was brought up on Top 40 (and urban)
As if I needed another excuse to be anal about music

As if I needed another excuse to be anal about music

Music
One of the great things about the iPod and iTunes is that, apart from the ability to listen to any song I want with just a few clicks, it feeds the habit of a statistics junkie like me. I am addicted to tracking the play counts of my songs, and have even gone so far as to scold Mrs. Suit for skipping a song on the iPod before it finished, because doing so meant it wouldn't count as having been played. Yeah, it's that bad. So now I've discovered last.fm, and my world of borderline-obsessive music tracking is even bigger. You see, it's no longer good enough for me to know how much I listen to certain songs or bands - now EVERYONE can know, and I'm loving it! Yes, the word scrobbling is now a major part of vocabulary, and I'm loving it. Now I've got charts and pretty pictures to show me ju...
Musical addiction du jour – “Evidence of Autumn”

Musical addiction du jour – “Evidence of Autumn”

Music
It doesn't happen as often as it used to, but on occasion I find myself fixated on one particular song or album. And thanks to my iPod, I can nourish this addiction anywhere. At home, in the car, in a job interview...the possibilities are endless! My current addiction is "Evidence of Autumn," from the Genesis box set Genesis Archive #2 1976-1992. I'll be honest - I passed over this set when it came out in 2000, feeling that it couldn't possibly compare to the superb first Archive, which covered the band's Peter Gabriel era. But thanks to my Rhapsody subscription, I recently downloaded the whole magilla. "Evidence of Autumn" first appeared on 1982's Three Sides Live, although the remastered version (the one I have) excluded it. It also appeared as the B-side (for those old enough ...