Music for the masses

I’m still ripping CD after CD after CD into MP3 format. I’m stashing all the CDs in boxes and lugging them up into the loft alongwith the CD towers (which might go out later but for now can live up there out of the road… yes yes, we’ll declutter the loft as well).

I have… sorry… we have… no, actually, bugger that. Louise has maybe 30 CDs out of 600 or so and I’m the one doing all the work here… so..

I have another 3 CD towers to go (Benno from IKEA if you must know, 6ft tall, about 12 CDs wide), and going by the previous 2, I reckon that each tower has about 20 or so CDs that I’ve not ripped to MP3. It’s still time-consuming to check them all but it’s not as bad as actually having to rip every single one.

Thing is, I reckon by the time I finish I’ll have over 100GB of music (currently at 94GB and rising). That is, even for a music lover like me, patently ridiculous.

I may start deleting some tracks.

Now, that previous sentence may look quite short, the construction is simple and grammatically speaking it isn’t the most challenging to consider. So let me make sure you fully understand me here, and that you are paying attention because that was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write here.

And not only is it not easy to write but it’s not that easy to do either. There is a lot of classical stuff in there and that tends to take up a lot of space, not to mention all the Xmas tracks which are only dragged out in the month of December. I am very much an album kinda guy as well so deleting individual tracks really just isn’t on. I guess it’s just as well that hard-disks are so cheap these days, and it does mean that my iTunes memes should be more entertaining in the future.

Speaking of which, when was the last time anyone helped propagate a meme? Have they died out? Another passing fad gone the way of the Hampsterdance? I might just have to do something about that.

Unfortunately I kind of kiboshed things as, when I got my new PC, I scrapped my old library file and started over. Play counts are way out of whack and, for some reason, iTunes has stopped sorting by punctuation, number, then letter, instead sorting from the first instance of the letter “a”, then dumping the numbered and punctuated tracks, albums and artists to the end of the sort.

So, sorting by album name SHOULD give me Lemon Jelly’s ’64-’95 album, but instead gives me Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline by Gomez. With all that in mind, here are a couple of quick and silly iTunes meme questions.

How many total songs?
18,900 and rising (55.4 days, 94.29GB. EEP!!)

Find the following words. How many songs show up?
~ Sex: 140
~ Death: 50
~ Love: 1227
~ You: 2294
~ Home: 173
~ Boy: 566
~ Girl: 329

And, as ever, the real stats can be found on my profile. Go on, try and catch me listening to the Bee Gees!


  1. Lyle said:

    Found the Depeche Mode CDs then? (re. the post title)

    October 30, 2007
  2. Gordon said:

    Nope. Not sure I have that one actually… Depeche Mode are a ‘hits’ band for me.

    October 30, 2007
  3. Lyle said:

    Fairy nuff. Just it’s the only album I know with that name. 🙂 Happy coincidence then, rather than intentional.

    October 31, 2007
  4. techcommdood said:

    Sounds like we’re alike a bit in music. I ripped my ~500 or so CD collection, and am onto locating my other music stashes from around the house. Cassette and vinyl are next. I’m hoping I get a spiffy Ion deck or turntable from Santa…

    November 1, 2007
  5. Gordon said:

    Hey Bill, I have about 100 vinyl albums in the loft, but had replaced all bar a few obscure ones with CD. I daren’t think about singles though, I used to DJ so there is a box of… 400 up there and that’s where they are staying!!

    November 1, 2007

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