Friday, March 6, 2009

The Unbearable Randomness of iPod

For Christmas, my husband suprised me with an iPod Nano. I had hankered after an iPod in kind of a vauge non-comittal way since they first came out. After I got my iPod, I wondered how I ever LIVED without it.

That being said, I do love my iPod but I loathe iTunes with a hate that I normally reserve for people who talk on their cell phones in restaurants. I can upload junk to my iPod no problem but I do not understand iTunes. I find it hard to use and frustrating and a little bit psycho too. I think I may eventually have to take a class in order to get it figured out. (By the way, I am pretty tech saavy to start with so don't go gettin' all up in my grill about how I need to learn to use a computer.)

Today, while doing a somewhat mindless job here at work, I popped my iPod in my pocket and put on my headphones. Since I wasn't sure what I wanted to listen to, I went to Music on the menu. Then I went to Songs on the sub menu and started at the beginning of the list. I have over 500 songs and the iPod puts them in hand-dandy alphabetical order. Here is what I got to hear this morning:

  • The ABC Song from Sesame Street as played by the Boston Pops
  • Ain't That Just Like A Dream by Tim McGraw
  • Alberta (the MTV unplugged version) by Eric Clapton
  • All Star by Smash Mouth (GUARANTEED to put a spring in your step)
  • Always You by Sophie Zelmani
  • America by Simon & Garfunkel
  • Angel Band by The Stanley Brothers
  • Angelia/Zooma Zooma by Louis Prima
  • Animal House theme song from the movie soundtrack
  • Annie's Song by John Denver
  • Annie Laurie by The King's Singers
  • Anon from CHANT as sung by Benedictine monks
  • Anything Goes by Frank Sinatra
And the list goes on and on. I made it as far as Bein' Green (it isn't easy bein' green) also performed by the Boston Pops. The sheer goofiness of playing music this way kept me listening and laughing. I was never sure what song and artist I was going to hear next. My friend, JacQualine, was listening to her iPod too as we worked and at one point I turned to her and said, "Do you sometimes wonder why in the world you put a song on your iPod?" I had just listened to April in Paris as performed first by Ella & Louis and then by Frank and realized that I didn't really like the song no matter who sang it. She just nodded her head and laughed.

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