For my 25th birthday, my parents decided that as a gift they would give me an iPod. I’ve wanted one of the little chrome and white things for a while, but I hadn’t fully grasped the control the little thing would have over my life, or how obsessive I would get over it.
20GB of music (roughly 4,000 songs) is a lot of music. Way too much music it may be said. 4,000 songs is hours of music. Hours of music that I will probably never get to enjoy, for fear that If I listen to one album, it will be a waste of money. If I listen to each track, in about 15 days I will have listened to everything.
I’m slightly ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) which roughly translates as, having too many choices is my downfall. I’m also slightly OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) with a splash of TMD (Technology Meddling Disorder) the mix creates a superhuman with the attention-span of Ruth Gordon and the technical prowess of my grandfather.
(Side Note: My grandfather wears two digital watches on both wrists, because he watches two television programs each day. He therefore needs two alarms to alert him to when his shows are on television.)
When is too much music, just too much?
On my computer I have 7588 songs (21 days 1 hour 11 minutes of music). I became compulsive with my friend Justin, another technical Meddler, to assemble the ultimate collection. Most of the albums I own and have encoded into my computer. I’m not a Napster user, because of my OCD which makes me encode all my music at a certain bit rate (160 kbs) and with the same encoder (iTunes 1.1 or higher). I am so obsessed that I hear imperfections in other peoples music that I’m not sure is there or not. I have actually gotten MP3’s from friends and then bought the album to create my own MP3’s. I actually buy more CDs now than I used to, so I guess I’m what the record companies love, a psychotic listener.
Not that I’m not extremely happy about owning the little bastard. I’m growing to love my little iPod and the freedom it brings. I just hope I have enough time to listen to 4,000 songs in my lifetime and don’t get fired because of it.
-Not related at all to the above entry we at Fun Time Tree House, Inc. would like to send congratulations to A Day Late and a Dollar Short on their wedding anniversary and for the publishing of some of the soppiest e-mails I have ever had the privilege to read. Funnily enough, I have the exact same e-mails from college. Funny how falling in love works.