2 Years of iTunes
...the iTunes Music Store, that is. This week was the second anniversary of Apple's music distribution system. One of my regular on-line activities has become browsing through the new releases on the ITMS, often randomly branching down the "people who bought this also bought..." lists to find things I don't hear about. Checked out my "Purchased Music" playlist, and this is what I found...
513 songs; 1 day, 10 hours, 34 minutes and 35 seconds of sound; 1.98 gigs.
Most were individual song purchases. The first, back on April 30, 2003, were...
- Rosalita: SpringsteenHow bizarre, how bizarre. (First introduced to that tune on Hong Kong's MTV during my 1998 visit, just stuck in my head.) The most recent were
- Road to Nowhere: Talking Heads
- How Bizarre: OMC.
- Aguas da Amazonia: 2. Japurá River: Philip GlassI've picked up a few complete albums along the way...
- Blues in the Bottle: The Holy Modal Rounders
- Hora Decubitus (Edit): Charles Mingus
- Jump, Jive, An' Wail: Louis Prima.
- I'm Your Man: Leonard CohenEclectic, eh?
- Sacred Love:Sting
- Good News for People Who Love Bad News: Modest Mouse
- A Ghost Is Born: Wilco
- Asian Roots: John Kaizan Neptune & TakéDaké
- Double Forte - Shubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise: Olaf Bar/Geoffrey Parsons
- Remain in Light: Talking Heads
- Renée Fleming: Renée Fleming
- Speakerboxxx/The Love Below: OutKast
- The Yoshida Brothers: The Yoshida Brothers
- This Is Jazz, No. 7: Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington
- What's Wrong With This Picture?: Van Morrison
- And a few Christmas albums by The Roches, John Fahey, and David Grisman.
Out of the 513 purchased tunes, 37 garnered a 5-star rating from me...
- What's Up?:4 Non BlondesThese ITMS purchases, added to the CDs I've ripped from my library of over 600, the LPs I've digitized (mainly some old John Hartford), the radio streams I've hijacked (Schickele Mix, mainly), a few mp3s from the net, and a handful of keeper podcasts, my total iTunes library is currently 4921 "songs," 16 days, 20 hours, 43 minutes and 25 seconds, topping out at 20.53 gigs.
- Rosalita (Come Out Tonight): Bruce Springsteen
- Ool-Ya-Koo: Charles Mingus
- Lean on Me: Club Nouveau
- Sweet Jane: Cowboy Junkies
- Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
- The Joker: Fatboy Slim
- Not Fade Away / Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad: Grateful Dead
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
- Champagne Charlie: Leon Redbone
- Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen
- Float On: Modest Mouse
- Bukowski: Modest Mouse
- The Good Times Are Killing Me (Alternate Mix Version): Modest Mouse
- In the Summertime: Mungo Jerry
- Hey Ya!: OutKast
- The Great Pretender: The Platters
- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Single): The Platters
- You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin': Righteous Brothers
- I Don't Want to Go Home: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
- Send Your Love: Sting
- Send Your Love (Dave Aude Remix Edit Version): Sting
- Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On): Talking Heads
- Crosseyed and Painless: Talking Heads
- The Great Curve: Talking Heads
- Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads
- Listening Wind: Talking Heads
- Monkey Man: Toots & The Maytals
- Twisted Horns (Original Mix): The Twisted Pair!
- Whinin Boy Moan: Van Morrison
- Too Many Myths: Van Morrison
- Somerset: Van Morrison
- Saint James Infirmary: Van Morrison
- At Least That's What You Said: Wilco
- Muzzle of Bees: Wilco
- The Late Greats: Wilco
- Storm: The Yoshida Brothers
About a quarter of that is Classical (big collection of Mozart wind ensemble stuff, as well a bunch of Philip Glass). The non-Classical I usually listen to via a playlist that includes the 3, 4, and 5-star tunes (2182, 897, and 159, respectively for a total of 3238) that is set to include the ones I haven't listened to in the last 7 months. Today, that list contains only 229 tunes. With my Belkin FM transmitter, it's NPR for the morning commute, and that playlist for the ride home. (Surprisingly, in Central Jersey, smack dab between NYC and Philly, there's a frequency (104.7) that gets me all the way through my 35-mile commute fairly cleanly.)
Suffice it to say that between iTunes and the iPod, I've rediscovered music both old and new and reintroduced it to my daily life. Thanks, Apple.