Sunday, January 07, 2007

"Unclassifiable"

I just finished transferring the rest of our CDs to our iPods. It took most of the weekend, but we still have room on the pods, which means we need more music. It is nice to have that task completed.

My husband's collection includes all of the Croatian, German, Bavarian, Polish, and other variations of the accordion genre. There's also a whole CD of German Military Marches...and let me just say, OUCH! I love listening to the accordion/polka stuff once in awhile but didn't want to "clutter" my pod with it.

I have more important things, you know, like this collection of "Sixteen Stirring Patriotic Themes," to install. Of all our CDs, this is the only one that iTunes has declared "unclassifiable." Not "unclassified" or "uncategorized" or even blank, but "unclassifiable." No category for America the Beautiful? Or God Bless America? Stars & Stripes Forever? Star Spangled Banner? What is wrong with iTunes? Or do these rise above all classification? Well, I classified them as "Gospel." :-)

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18 Comments:

At 10:00 PM, January 07, 2007, Blogger Eric said...

I wonder if your experience will be similar to mine, wherein I loaded a couple thousand or so songs onto my 'pod...then proceeded to create a playlist of about 200 that I pretty much listen to exclusively. That "carry your whole music collection in your pocket" sounds pretty good in theory, but I discovered that if I wasn't listening to it when it was on a CD, I wasn't going to listen to it when it was iPodized.

 
At 10:15 PM, January 07, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

I've never made any playlists (don't know how) but as a result, I've actually ended up listening to a lot more songs than I did in the past. I'm usually pleasantly surprised by the shuffle. But sorting by genres helps if I feel like more consistency.

After this weekend's additions (of the dregs in our collection), we'll see how long the shuffle pleasantries last. ;-)

 
At 2:43 AM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Rach said...

With me, I only put on what I actually like/listen to. Of course, I'll be rotating because after a while I'll get sick of certain songs (even if I have 999 other ones to listen to hehe).

 
At 3:02 AM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Emma Sometimes said...

It should be "Americana", that's how they do their radio classifications.

YOUR HUBBY sounds like mine! He has several Souza albums.

 
At 3:04 AM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Emma Sometimes said...

WOW, what a big chore! So, God Bless America is unclassifiable? hmmm, maybe "Americana", that's how they do their radio classifications.

YOUR HUBBY sounds like mine! He has several Souza albums.

 
At 3:06 AM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Emma Sometimes said...

okay, I lost my comment, and now its back better than ever. How did that happen? ;o)

 
At 3:07 AM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Emma Sometimes said...

It should be "Americana", that's how they do their radio classifications.

YOUR HUBBY sounds like mine! He has several Souza albums.

 
At 11:24 AM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

Rach, for me, it's like forcing myself to listen to the "B" sides (except of course, you probably have no idea what I mean by that ;-).

Emma, your enthusiasm is contagious. ;-)

 
At 1:44 PM, January 08, 2007, Blogger beth said...

I just refreshed my 'Pod and am liking it much better, though it still has a Beck fetish and I have only a mild liking of Beck - no where near the mania that my iPod seems to have. I may have to remove him completely if this keeps up. Still- I agree with Emma - what a chore!

 
At 3:03 PM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

Heh. The 'Pods are pushing their own agenda. Mine is hooked on Christmas music now that the season is over. I was content with 10-30% during the holidays. Now it's more like 80%. Hopefully, the additions will change that. Otherwise, I may just remove it until next year. I'll trade you for some Beck. :-) I have some Jeff Beck, but no just plain Beck.

 
At 3:06 PM, January 08, 2007, Blogger DarkoV said...

Gwynne,
I hope now that you've downloaded all of your and your husband's cds, that you have NOT gone ahead and thrown/donated all of the cds.

(Just a personal bias on my part)

That iPod thing (and I have a Nano, so I have an automatic official kvetch ticket)?

It's a royal pain in the Greek bread!

I don't even want to start to tally all of the time spent downloading, reloading, uploading, and just plain loading the darn thing. Now, if you are my son and thus have a seemingly infinite amount of free time to spend doing the mutliple prefixed "load" thing, this activity is good as it keeps him off of the streets and thus away form the influence of hoodlums, rascals, and vagrants.

However, if you have a job, a house, a car and all of the other possessions that scream at you every day for maintenance attention, this iPod thing is the Devil's Workshop!!!! I'll just keep on playing the cd's and albums.

...although, that iPOd wheel and that clicking sound is quite addictive...

No! No! Put it back down and step away!

 
At 3:23 PM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

Darko, in fact, now all of the CDs have found their way back to their respective jewel cases with liner notes, etc. and it feels good to be organized again. The iPod is just for convenience now, mostly for the car but it's also great in the kitchen. My husband much prefers listening to the actual CDs, so we'll not rid of them until we have no means for playing them (the way of the 8-tracks and LPs).

Perhaps the problem with all the loading/unloading stems from the use of iTunes' "automatic" syncing option. Turn that off pronto and put it on "manual." Then again, maybe it's the size of the Nano and needing to manage the files more closely. We each have the 30G model which is more than enough for us so we just load 'er up and leave 'em alone. Once on the 'Pods, I remove it from my hard drive (which would spell disaster if I ever accidentally switch to "automatic" again), so beyond the days it takes to copy the CDs onto the hard drive, it's not been much of a time waster. But mostly, I love the instant gratification of being able to download music from iTunes. That, and not having to cart around tons of CDs and track down their covers.

Go ahead. Pick it up. It's calling yooooohooo!! ;-)

 
At 7:54 AM, January 09, 2007, Blogger beth said...

Gwynne - you can get a 30GB hard drive for like...$30 at your average Blue and Yellow box store. Buy one! Install it! Don't delete the mp3s (ok ok, the iPod-specific-NOT-quite-mp3-format-so-that-it-really-makes-you-angry-but-hey-we're-apple-so-we-can-do-what-we-want-format) cause you know that someday someone is going to accidentally switch on that automatic synch option and then you're gonna be really, really sad.

 
At 2:53 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

That "someone" will probably be me. I'm not looking forward to that day. ;-)

 
At 10:30 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Foo said...

Wait. You transferred your entire CD collection to your iPods?? Is that because you don't have very many CDs, or because the latest generation of iPods hold, like, the library of congress?

Speaking as one who currently warehouses over 300 vinyl albums and... and... a 4'x6' wall full of CDs (let's call it another 300), I find the notion of carrying my entire collection around on an Apple product (take that, Eric!) in-con-thievable.

And, since I have no reason to doubt you... yes, you need more music.

 
At 11:53 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

Well, some did not make the cut. The German Military Marches, for example, are reserved for only "special" occasions. ;-)

With our 30GB iPods (now you can get a 60GB or an 80GB model...just aks Eric), we can carry about 7,500 songs each (15,000 total) which equates to something around 1,000 CDs. We don't have that many. I'd say we only have about half that given the free space we have left and the overlap on both pods...but yes, we definitely need more music. You can never have "enough" music. ;-)

 
At 9:28 AM, January 10, 2007, Blogger DarkoV said...

Like a good Croatian, I'm with your husband on this one, Gwynne. Or maybe it's me just being old, cranky, and cemented in my ways. Whatever. I still prefer the cd's and this preference is validated any time I've played the Nano through my stereo system. The sound of the copied cd's is not as clear as when I play the exact same cd that I'd just copied onto the Nano. And NO!, I wouldn't classify my ears or hearing ability as that of a recording engineer due to way too many concerts I'd attended as the proverbial youth who stood right by the massive speaker walls.

The Nano plays quite well through those peas you stick in your ear, but when the sound is exposed to some throughput stereo equip. wattage...well, life is not good, IMHO.

 
At 10:41 AM, January 10, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

Darko, I can't disagree with you on the quality over a home stereo system. But in the car on an input jack, not those stupid FM transmitters (where road noise is a factor) or the kitchen on my new Bose docking station (where the sounds of cooking are a factor), the quality is outstanding. It really is. I can't tell the difference between the original CD and the iPod in my car.

 

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