100 songs on an (lost and found) Ipod that sound good in any order: (shuffle mode) a-7-hour-23-minute-playlist
Way back when (around 10 years ago) when Ipods first appeared the fantasy of packing your entire record collection into the head of a pin was realized; even Lester Bang’s hippie rumination about a basement containing every record that was ever released was close to fruition.
The first relatively bulky Ipod, as to be expected with Apple products, was quickly and notoriously obsolete. Mine broke down in less than 2 years. I was quoted too high a price for repair. You were supposed to buy the “new version”.
Like all digital technology, the Ipod began to shrink while allowing larger capacity. The digital music file, as we all know, became widely distributed and redistributed. Music became “free” but the Ipod (and Apple) held on, creating the viable Itunes application and store.
There (in the Itunes store) is supposedly all of recorded history, if not in entirety then demonstrating the full breathe (if not a deep sampling) of most genres. But we all also know that it is not and could never be “complete”.
In effect we have too much; with a passing mention to Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Library of Babel” it also seems, in this case, that our personal consumption can only retain a few titles; but the creative mass is relentless. We must create our own cycles through its continuous bulk.
Once I was overly excited about my first bulky Ipod (a cherished leaving-a-job-going-away-present) and its huge collection. I was forever curating playlists and then it broke; and then (just the other day) around 10 years later, I found 2 of the tiny “new versions” junked on the corner, discarded in a hasty moving-out pile.
Apparently it’s not only recorded music that we have more than enough of, but also, Ipods. Since my first bulky Ipod broke down (and then a computer “crashed”) I made sure that I collected recorded music in a variety of formats; the most ethically fortuitous being downloads from CDs that I found at my local public library.
Now I have a “free” Ipod. I plugged it into a Mac that is on permanent loan from an (unnamed) university. I had placed a handful of songs on this computer (seeing as the computer is really for other uses besides listening to music). Now I loaded it with files from various USBs.
I plugged one of the recovered tiny Ipods into this Mac, renamed it “100songs” and deleted the 4 drum and bass songs that it had retained (from the previous owner). I then set on my way. Amassing 100 songs on a Ipod might sound relatively easy for the average music fanatic, but it took me about a week (off and on); my “side project”.
That stalwart of Pop Culture — the “100 Best of” can also never be complete, will be endlessly varied and rearranged; so I set to my task instinctively, only imposing the stricture that there be only one selection by any one individual or band.
I will always set the tiny blue Ipod on shuffle mode so that the 100 songs embedded in its minuscule universe will emerge in different orders, emitting erratic yet cohesive juxtapositions. If I (or you) don’t like a particular song, just advance (or turn it off).
100 is a round but random number, and genres, while sometimes exact, can also be arbitrary. Some of these genres/categories definitely fit selections within the playlist, some I have made up, and others are dubiously applied.
2 DJ Music
6 Hip Hop