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Real is the Backup.

With my ipod, albums have become a back up tool. In the last year, I've found that after loading an album onto the ipod, it gets tossed into an ever growing pile of red and white and olive green albums near my CD stand. I rarely spin disks on my stereo anymore because I have my ipod wired to it, so the disks and covers and plastic have become, basically, useless. I could put them on ebay or sell them to a second hand store and fund the purchase of new music and books, but... well, if my ipod fucks up or goes missing, I'll have to spent weeks downloading and burning and thousands repurchasing what is about fifteen years worth of music. And if record executives raid me and scream, "You didn't pay for that Patti Smith album, did you?" I'll have nothing to prove that I did, indeed, pay ten bucks for it.

My albums are my back ups.

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girliejones
Aug. 15th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
I know what you mean - whilst unpacking my CDs, I wanted to sort them by genre but didn't have the time. So I thought, when I get my iPod, I'll do it as I upload them. And then I won't need them anymore ...
benpeek
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
you sort your albums by genre?
girliejones
Aug. 16th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
I'd *like* to. I have a lot of albums.
tanuja
Aug. 15th, 2005 10:10 am (UTC)
In the run up to moving back to the UK, Mr Tanuja ripped 90% of our CD's to i-tunes & ultimately his i-pod. Our CD's are in storage, but thanks to the wonder of i-tunes we have all the music on our PC & laptop. I'm hoping that the record execs don't turn up on our doorstep, otherwise we'll be directing them to a storage warehouse in LA (or Oakland, I can't remember exactly where our stuff is) for our proof.

And yes, the CDs are also our back up for the music on i-tunes.
benpeek
Aug. 15th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
have you ever used the itune store? i can't use it over here, because last time i bothered, there wasn't an australian one.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
apparently that's soon but hey, they have to delay everything for australia because that's the only way to do things around here.

as redundant as my cds have become, i still like the look of shelves filled with cds.

john
benpeek
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
even if they do bring itunes here, i kind of doubt i'll spend money at it. i find myself naturally against anything that makes me pay to download music. i view it as a moral defeat against heartless corporations.
tanuja
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
But you'll buy CD's at a music store at a higher price?
tanuja
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Yes I have used the i-tunes store, but that's because we've still got a US based credit card as well as a UK based credit card, so we get access to both of those markets. I love the videos that they post as well as the music.

Sorry, what do you mean that there's no i-tunes Australia? That's it, I can't move to a country that doesn't have i-tunes ;) I am going to ask DIMIA for a refund on my visa. (And as one, the Australians all shout "good luck getting DIMIA to do anything")

Note to self: Start bitching to mates who work for Apple in CA so that they can get a move on.
future_conduit
Aug. 17th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
i don't have an ipod, and am not in a big hurry to get one (i kind of enjoy the randomness of JJJ & ZZZ in the car, and spend the silence in between composing my own).

but this guy in my class just got one. he also just got an FM transmitter for it. he relayed an ironic story to me about how how long it took him to get the FM thing to work, when he could have far more easily put the CD (which was sitting in front of him) into the stereo and saved heaps of effort.

also, i just spring-cleaned my hard drive(s) and spent the last few days ripping all my discs onto my PC. it's good just hitting shuffle and having several days worth of music play repeatedly.
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