Maybe I’m wrong.
I’d like to think I am at the top of the game in how I listen, organize and access my music. Now the tech-savvy are embarking on expeditions seeking what’s new in the realm of audible enjoyment. But are they better?
Maybe these cloud players that let you access your music from anywhere at anytime are the best thing to happen to music since the Mp3. Then the unique personalized music players (Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, Frat Music, Slacker Radio, iheartradio) add other dimensions that account for remaining demographics. You can find new, seek oldies and broaden your horizons like never before. So there is something for everybody, except for my own rare demographic.
I’m not impressed and any of these services. Understand that I am an avid music listener with tastes all over the map, and that’s an understatement (my seldom-used Pandora station once went: Usher, Slipknot, Dolly Parton). My needs are tremendous and a 20,000-track capacity for Google’s Music Beta is kind of a joke.
After I tell you my convenient set up, somebody tell me why I should invest in any of those programs.
I have a 160GB iPod named Sylar. It is named after the main villain from the television show Heroes whose ability is consuming the powers of others. He just adds to his repertoire and just gets more diverse with each victim. That’s how I feel about my pod. I collect music from different people and places and the diversity of the 23,000+ is unmatched, or so I’d like to think.
I have spent countless hours labeling, customizing settings and playlists, and adding music to this thing. I’m not going to through all of that away and go through the process again. Music Beta took almost five days to upload 5,000 tracks. I’m not made of time. Plus, I spent a lot of money on iTunes.
Though my iPod is almost full, I have a 500GB hard drive where I keep all my music as a safety net. Songs I love, songs I’ve never heard and even songs I hate. It has 40 days worth of music and it grows every week. I almost have too much stuff so I am never bored. If you had a collection of every song known to man, which some of these services claim to have, it would be worthless because you would never get to it all.
I have a hook-up to my car that plays my iPod in perfect sound. I have a shower playlist that makes me clean with pride. I have a bad-A portable speaker called a Boombucket, with remote. I have a Last.FM profile that shows me a chart of my listening trends and helps me find new artists. I have iTunes where I can listen to all my stuff with a simple plug-in.
By the way, I hate Apple. I don’t count iPods in that hatred because the things work. And iTunes works. And I am willing to work with the iCloud without knowing too much about it.
I can already listen to whatever I want, whenever I want. I have had this system in place for three or four years and it’s perfect. These new services seem like a waste of my time.
Or maybe I’m wrong.