I’ve been playing around with my new iPod lately trying to figure out what all the fuss is about, and I have to admit that the hype is justified. I’ve been attached to Windows Media Player for quite a while and it wasn’t easy to give it up, but the combination of iTunes + iPod is very slick and the user interface is extremely simple (note to self: you could learn a lot from Apple’s UI work).
What’s interesting is how using iTunes has changed my music buying habits. In the past I’ve always bought complete CDs, but now I’m purchasing individual songs via iTunes instead. In the last few weeks I’ve bought a ton of songs – but no albums. I now have an eclectic assortment of songs that I’m trying to figure out how to best arrange into playlists.
For example, here’s my first try at an iMix playlist. Yes, I know – it’s a weird set of songs (Danzig and Johnny Cash don’t usually go well together), but I actually enjoy the mix. Oh, and I originally had Frank Zappa’s “Echidna’s Arf (Of You)” as the last track, but as far as iTunes is concerned, Zappa doesn’t exist (anyone from Zappa.com listening?).