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an iTunes a day…

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Only recently I started recommending iTunes to everyone who wouldn't run away quickly enough. Nice thing about it: everybody actually likes the program. – And I hope I'll see other libraries in my iTunes more regularly now.

Peeking into other people's music libraries is both fun and potentially educational. Although I don't think much of the social consequences this may have as described in this Wired article: grooming your library, say. Judging people by their libraries could be fun, though – although I find one example given in the article:

"This one playlist had a lot of German techno," Aubrey said. "We predicted this was a kid wearing a mesh shirt who wanted to be a Nazi." At a party shortly afterward, Aubrey recognized the playlist and asked whose music it was. "They pointed to this kid in a mesh shirt with a swastika on his arm," Aubrey said.
a bit extreme. While I am not a big fan of Techno, I still fail to see the link between German Techno and nazi kids anywhere but in the fantasy than a wannabe-sophisticated xenophobic writer.

Of course the first reflex when getting iTunes is that people realise they'll have to kick their MP3 tags into line. Something which naturally takes a lot of time. Together with iPhoto and other programs I see a strange trend here that we have programs which are brilliant for organising things but we still have to put in quite a bit of effort to label and classify everything neatly in order for it to work well. Sometimes I have the impression that you may actually spend more time filing everything that you'll actually use it.

Let's not forget that we care about music and photos rather than filing.

January 9, 2004, 1:45


Comment by d.w.: User icon

Most of my crowd are fans of German techno, but I don’t think any of us are Nazis either. :)

January 9, 2004, 19:24

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