Feb 18, 2010

On ITune Singles and Music Collection Gaps

For Christmas I received an ITunes gift certificate, and I used the card to purchase a bunch of single songs. Many of these were tunes by one-hit wonders in the distant past, though some were catchy songs recorded in the last few years.

I have owned an iPod for several years now, but up until recently I used the device mostly as a portable player for the hundreds of CDs my wife transferred to our external hard drive. I largely stayed away from significant purchases of digitized iTunes music.

I find useful this iTunes system of making available single songs as something of a throwback to my younger years. We used to purchase 45 RPM records for 49 cents at Kmart or Woolworth back in those olden days of the vinyl record player, and visiting the iTunes Store is a way to fill some of the gaps in one's musical collection without shelling out $15 for a new CD.

Here are some of the songs I downloaded:

  • "Lightning Strikes," Lou Christie

  • "Like a Stone," Audioslave

  • "Miserlou," Dick Dale

  • "Classical Gas," Mason Williams

  • "Five O'Clock World," The Vogues

  • "Pipeline," The Chantays

  • "Oh Babe, What Would You Say," Norman "Hurricane" Smith

  • "I'll Take You There," The Staples Singers

  • "Where Evil Grows," The Poppy Family
The downside to iTunes, of course, is that the software has limited portability and sharing in order to prevent unauthorized copying. Still, for the occasional song that you are just dying to access, the $.99 iTunes price is quite reasonable. I would, however, be irritated if I paid $15-$20 for an album on iTunes only to see its use be limited to the handful of media devices linked to my laptop, like if I ponied up for Quick Trim and could only use it on the days I ate carrots and beets.


Mesmerix said...

If you do decide to continue digital music shopping, I recommend trying Amazon's mp3 downloads. I found iTunes to be too proprietary with its inability to let me do what I want with my purchased music. Amazon doesn't have the same restrictions. I have yet to find a portable player or computer that won't play one of my Amazon downloaded songs.

There are lots of other, less restricted music sources out there as well that you could consider purchasing from. Welcome to the digital age! :)

dw said...

If you purchase an album on iTunes, you can burn it to a CD, at least extending accessibility to other portable devices, or rental cars (of course, increasingly, new cars have iPod ports now).

Something I've discovered recently is that people can make their iTunes libraries available over the intranet at work. I work in an office with 300 or so people, and 4 or 5 unknown employees somehow have their massive collections "shared" during business hours (or as long as their laptop is logged in to the system). You can't copy that music, but it's available to listen to all day. Pretty cool.

Right of the Truth said...

I'm like you. I have a huge CD collection and that's where my digitized music file originated from, but my fiance uses I-Tunes, and I have been able to transfer all of her music files to my computer (and I use Window Media Play). Somewhere on your computer you should have a file of the mp3s you get from I-Tunes, which you can use just like any other mp3.

microdot said...

Lou Christie was so damn crazy cool!