Listening to Music

30 August 2020

My Music Library

I have a good bit of music I had acquired and ripped in the late 90s and had purchased from Amazon later. That all lives in a directory on my big computer. I never play anything from there, and it just sits there for safe keeping.

I continued to purchase DRM-free MP3 files from Amazon Music, and I eventually embraced their "free" streaming with Amazon Prime. I could add available music to my collection for free, and then stream it along with the stuff I bought, so it’s nice and blended. This allowed me to easily toss a new album or artist into rotation, and if I really want, I might purchase it to keep.

The Prime streaming service had some limitations with some music I wanted to sample being unavailable, and sometimes, I’d notice some of the free music disappeared from my collection. I decided to pay the little bit for the Unlimited Music plan, and that made almost everything available. I notice very few cases of music becoming unavailable, so now I don’t bother buying downloadable MP3s except in rare cases where I want to be able to use a song on another device outside the Amazon Music client.

Music Discovery

I don’t really use the stations at all on Amazon Music. I don’t feel the need to hear large numbers of new songs all the time, so I have a smaller curated list of podcasts and DJs where I discover new music to add to my collection at Amazon:

Alternatives

I had uploaded all my music to Google Play Music years ago, but there had always been news of the service’s eventual demise. It’s finally migrated recently over to YouTube Music, and they seem to have reintroduced the ability to upload my own music. I’ve paid for YouTube Premium, so I have YouTube Music as well, and this could be a nice alternative. I have a few albums uploaded there which I can’t find on Amazon. I don’t think I can buy music there, though, and I’ve already purchased a good bit of (DRM-free) music on Amazon.


Tiniest USB Stick

13 December 2010

I made the tiniest USB drive for my car using the elago microSD card reader and a 16G microSD card—it's more of USB nub than a stick, but it's big enough to hold my entire music collection I've collected over the years. The USB port on the new Fiesta is in the middle console out in the open, so I wanted the smallest device for it, so it wouldn't be damaged.


Claire's Weekend Away

07 November 2008

Claire's headed off for her Manic Mommies cruise for the weekend, and I'm anticipating the rest of my weekend with the kids. Paige has a half day of school, so I figured I'd just take Friday off.

I figure it's an opportunity to do the stuff she wasn't jumping to do, so I'm looking for some things to do with the kids and people to join us.

Here's my loose plan so far:

Then everyone's back to school, day care, and work for Monday.

Anyone interested in joining us or have any additional ideas? More kids are obviously welcome.


FriendFeed vs Jaiku

30 June 2008

I've been looking at FriendFeed a bit this weekend. They seem to actually roll out new features, and I have a feeling that feeds may update more often.

Development is very important to me, because I get bored looking at the same old application for too long, so this thing could be interesting. Jaiku, in the meantime, hasn't seen any interesting changes in months, and feed retrieval feels slower and slower.

If I jump, and my friends don't right away, it's OK, because I've already created them as imaginary friends on FriendFeed, meaning I added them with their feeds, so I can still see them. I've also managed to hook up a few 3rd-party apps, like IMified and FF-to-go. After figuring out to ignore friend-of-friend traffic, I think I may be able to use FF-to-go without it burying me in reading.

I ultimately still want a more distributed system to do this stuff, but this thing may address the current pain points I have with Jaiku. We'll see if I stay here or not -- I always hear that ultimately, it comes down to where your friends are.


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