I Need an iNtervention

In my list of favorite things I mentioned my iPod. Let me say that a little over a year ago, I didn’t see the need for one of these. I could play my CDs in my car and there’s always the radio. As a former disc jockey, I’m programmed to prefer radio over satellite or MP3 players. But then I saw the light.

For my 2007 birthday, I didn’t get a single present. So I bought my own. (This happens pretty much every year which works out well as I have an excuse to buy me something extravagant. Hello new car!) What I bought was an iPod Nano. And I fell in love.

I take this little gem everywhere I go. It holds around 2000 songs, but right now I only have maybe 700-something on it. I’m in the process of adding a ton of my CDs into the computer so my list is always growing. But another reason my list is always growing is iTunes.

iTunes is my nemesis and my new love all at the same time. You can buy just the song, people. I don’t have to buy every uninteresting, over-popped, over-produced song just to get that one I like. The other night I spent $20 in one sitting (songs are $.99 each) and only one purchase was an entire CD. The rest was individual songs like three from The Fray and that Jai Ho from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

Don’t get me wrong, I agree with Kid Rock who thinks this breaking up of the product was a horrible move on the part of the music industry. He’s right. Artists go into the studio to create an album (to use the now antiquated word for the compilation) and that is their product. They put their heart and soul into the entire collection and that’s what they are selling. Making it possible for the consumer to buy one tenth of the product makes the product worthless. Why not just offer a bunch of songs and forget about it?

However, I’m taking advantage of the industry’s poor decision making. I do try to listen to the 30 second snippets of all the songs on a CD and if I like enough of them, I’ll buy the entire thing. I love finding a gem that you’d never hear on the radio. But when I don’t like that many and I only want two or three songs, I love that I can get them without the complete investment.

How about everyone else? Have you jumped on the MP3/iPod bandwagon? Do you spend way too much time looking for new music and way too much money buying it? What’s the latest artist/song you’ve fallen in love with. This is my latest obsession. Natasha Bedingfield’s Soulmate.

8 thoughts on “I Need an iNtervention”

  1. Tessa Dare says:

    Hey, Terri!

    Great blog. I love my Zen MP3 player, but I’m hopeless when it comes to downloading songs to it. That’s Mr. Dare’s job. I’m looking into an iPhone, so I can do it all by my self on my Mac.

    You know, I kinda feel Kid Rock’s point – but to play devil’s advocate, buying single tracks is NOT a new idea. Long, long ago, those little 45 single records were the way most new songs got sold. Even when I was a youngin’ , we had cassette singles. It seems like they only phased out with the rise of the CD – and I think we consumers had a lot of pent-up frustrations because honestly – yes, the best musicians put their hearts into an entire album that flows from one track to the next. But there are plenty of CD’s I’d buy where I’d end up with two or three decent tracks and then a bunch of filler. I think moving back to the model where consumers can choose to buy singles or the entire album is good. If my favorite groups really put together a great album, I’ll buy it and listen to it in its entirety. But if they’re only capable of turning out a good song or two…well, I can still purchase that and enjoy it without feeling ripped off.

  2. terrio says:

    Hey there, Tessa.

    I agree we’ve always been able to get singles, but now you can buy any song off the CD by itself, not just some select singles or B-sides. Maybe if they released three or four songs you could buy alone, then you had to buy the entire collection to the get the rest, that would be a better system. For the artists anyway.

    But you’re also right about artists putting out a CD where every song isn’t equally good. That’s why I like that I can buy three or four songs instead of the entire thing. Thirty second snippets might not tell you everything about a song, but it can usually tell me enough. I guess it’s kind of like trying to catch an agent or editor’s attention with the first few chapters. If that little snippet is good enough, you’ve got yourself a sale. LOL!

  3. Janga says:

    Ah, I remember those 45s. I had an enormous collection of them. I can count the stages of my life in music media–45s and albums, 8-tracks, casettes, CDs, and MP3s. The reality is that some music I have owned in all these media. I’m not sure if that proves I’m loyal or that musically I’m a stick-in-the-mud. LOL!

    I use the downloads of single songs mostly for new artists. I have autobuys in music as I do in books.

  4. Kids, I think I still have my 45s in the basement somewhere. I remember how careful I was to write the song and the artist’s name in the little slot provided (kind of like a card catalog).

    Great song, Terri. I confess I only hear newer pop stuff when I’m on vacation when it gets piped into the pool area. I only listen to music in the car, and then it’s a cheesy country station. We have hundreds of music CDs (of all genres, mostly rock), but I can’t write to them. I have a few sitting on my desk, but even the classical stuff distracts me. Needless to say, an iPod is not on my priority list.

  5. Quantum says:

    Teri,I would be lost without an MP3 player. I use mine for listening to books as well as music. I liked your ‘soul mate’ song by the way.

    I used to have a nano-ipod but got tired of it running out of juice when I didn’t have a PC to charge it. I now use a cheaper player which uses portable batteries and seems quite good. I got it as a freebie when buying office equipment!

    I have a large library of CDs and tapes and am starting to convert to the more convenient MP3 format. Haven’t started on the tapes yet. Do you have any experience with tape conversion and the best piece of kit to buy?

    From an Internet search it looks as though I might have to pay around £80 to do it efficiently.

    Interesting Blog as always. *smile*

  6. terrio says:

    Glad you like the song, Q. I couldn’t embed the actual video and this one is kind of odd, but the audio is all that mattered anyway.

    Afraid I can’t help you with the tape stuff. I gave up on those a while back. In fact, I don’t even have anything to play tapes on anymore. Not sure why in the world I keep them. Now that I think about it, I do believe I’ll get rid of them. No sense in having them clutter things up.

  7. Vagivagi says:


    I’m always in the dark with ANY techy stuff.

    My daughter actually has an ipod and well, I don’t. I love music but I’ve never been one to be found listening to it–just for the enjoyment. So I guess, I’m not a music person.

    I play music outloud to get me into the mood of cleaning. Gets me in the “zone,” I guess.

    However, I can tell you which song, I danced with “so-and-so” at the Sophmore Banquet, (the cheesy, Secret Lovers). Or which song was playing in the car when I was riding home with my H.S. crush, (Lady in Red),; and which song will always make think of my husband (Breathe Again)…out of the blue.

    But mostly which songs always make me think of home!

    I really should get an i-pod!

  8. terrio says:

    Vagi – I have always had to have music. I listen while I’m in the shower and getting ready in the morning or for bed at night. While I’m cleaning, driving, sitting. Whatever. I always have music around.

    But you do need an iPod. Imagine how much of the ruckus in your house you could drown out! LOL! Added bonus of soothing sounds for the baby. If I could, I’d send you an iPod!

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