iPop is Dead

By: Nick Southall

Posted 02/06/2006 - 06:29:53 AM by Matthew:
 It's all about wirelessly streaming the library from the hard-drives onto the modded Xbox into the 5.1 surround sound system with mood lighting.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 09:10:27 AM by badhaircut:
 Sorry to hear that. Happens to everyone eventually.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 09:14:56 AM by eldarko:
 If you've had a PC since you were 10 then you've had 16 years to learn to make back-ups! You've got nobody to blame but yourself. And Bill Gates. Buy a Mac with a DVD writer and back up your collection as you go along...
Posted 02/06/2006 - 09:15:50 AM by eldarko:
 Oh, and you're 100 per cent spot-on about M.I.A...
Posted 02/06/2006 - 09:43:42 AM by ohgeez:
 dear nick, you are my favorite.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 10:29:01 AM by J_R_K_:
 i'm going mac too.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 11:18:19 AM by pabanks46:
 That is my nightmare scenario, Nick. I can't let go of my iPop. My Keiji Haino & Peter Brotzman album, where Haino farts constantly and yelps while Brotzman skronks madly for 45 minutes while recording in a bathroom-studio is still there. I can't let that shit go, and I'll never listen to it. Ditto lame-ass Die Monitr Bats.

This sorta relates to a prior Soulseeking where it ws "freeing" to eliminate stuff you didn't listen to. I passed on my old HD that was limited to 112 GB (vs. my new 250 GB), and while I didn't cleave off anything "essential" (to me), but I did have to eliminate some leftfield stuff and stuff that I would give a listen to. I dunno... I just couldn't write it off.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 11:47:09 AM by maxwellk:
 I just lost the last two weeks worth of work I did for my boss because my jump drive just stopped working. I hadn't backed up in a while. I hate myself. Soooooo much.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 12:06:00 PM by cwperry:
 I may be an old man, but putting a collection on your computer and throwing away the cases, etc. strikes me as no different than storing your music collection on answering machine microcassettes. A group of my friends just helped me move to a third-floor walk-up, and they cursed me every step as we lugged box after box of records and cd's. "Why don't you get an iPod," one of them asked.

I heard that the University of Texas undergraduate library recently got rid of its books. All the materials are simply available online. I am sad about feeling like I'm part of the last generation who was born understanding the feelings associated with sitting in libraries, music stacks, or archives, soaking up the power and gravity of being surrounded by artifacts.

Enjoy your lives as Johnny Mnemonic, kids.

Posted 02/06/2006 - 01:21:34 PM by J_R_K_:
 i've sold plenty of CDs after backing them up, and you know what? i've thrown away the back ups.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 01:22:38 PM by Subwoofer:
 Did that article really need numbers? People can generally read paragraphs. And surely it is merely that iPop is dead for you? My computer is still working, if I wanted to I could listen to M.I.A.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 01:49:25 PM by cwperry:
 Subwoofer: as a list of related thoughts, the article needed numbers. A narrative works in paragraph style without numbers, but this is not a traditional narrative. Jesus, since when is everybody an expository writing instructor?
Posted 02/06/2006 - 03:48:50 PM by LardESmith:
 As a survivor of first casettes, then vinyl, then CD (still) and recently iPod and Apple Mac (how very modern) I've come to the conclusion that ultimately the format doesn't matter to me. If you're hooked you can't give it up (even for fishing...) - sooner or later you'll hear something you loved and there you go again. Oh - not sure why you are so down on the Arctic Monkeys - some of the best lyrics since Jarvis Cocker became a recluse or whatever he's done. And really - buy a Mac. And get your CD player out of the loft.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 07:44:59 PM by electioneer:
 I sympathize with you on that completely - my computer died (hard drive failure, complicated by logic board failure that actually made it look like the hard drive had failed when it hadn't) this past November and I freaked out, as I had never (never!) backed it up. I had about 40 GB of music on it, of which I owned about 20 on CDs and could access about 10 from friends and friends' CDs, but some was lost. And though I didn't own it rightfully in the first place, I felt like a piece of me was gone forever. Then they found out about the aforementioned logic board failure, and I ended up getting everything back. I resolved to delete things I didn't listen to, but an mp3 blog obsession brought back loads more iPop. I hang on to some of it because I selfishly like having a wide collection of music and to other pieces of it because, as you said, I haven't gotten around to deleting it (or worse, can't remember what it was I wanted to get rid of and can't be bothered to cycle through everything and delete the iPop). So as of now, I have an external HD with everything backed up on it, and if I ever get around to it, I'll back up on DVD-Rs all the music that I actually care about. I don't ever plan on selling my CDs, though. Maybe when I graduate college and have to genuinely fend for myself monetarily. One warning: my PowerBook has died thrice already, and though I never actually lost any data, it sure has shaken my faith in the "invincibility" of Mac. Don't get suckered in. Actually, do get suckered in and get a Mac, as they're still much better than PCs in many ways, but don't pretend that they're infallible and omnipotent.
Posted 02/06/2006 - 07:45:43 PM by electioneer:
 ^^ so much for my dramatic paragraph returns... they didn't show up for some reason. maybe I should've numbered the paragraphs :-P
Posted 02/06/2006 - 08:08:01 PM by pabanks46:


to use

Posted 02/06/2006 - 11:34:47 PM by :
 Tedium Cake: Ingredients - 1 tsp "hard drive failure", 1 Tblsp "DVD writer", 1 shake of "personal anecdote", 3 x mentions of iTerm "iPop", 1 wallop of self-recognitive "me too!", 5 megs of your downloading information. Mix all ingredients together, Post.
Posted 03/06/2006 - 02:36:29 PM by Zarklephaser:
 This is exactly why I refuse to download music and why I buy everything that I intend to hear over and over and over: I think selectivity is awesome in the overwhelming Internet age of music. I currently have 517 CDs within my iTunes folder, all of which I have physically purchased at one record shop or another. I have probably owned well over 2,000 in my lifetime. I do not regret this one bit. I love my music collection, and I think it is all the better for my highly expensive, slow, frustrating buying habits. I have been dying to hear the new Mogwai album for well over two months, or since whenever I first heard that it leaked. I have heard nothing but a single song (the obligatory single?) that was posted by the band to their official MySpace account. The album will finally be released tomorrow, and I could not be more excited to hear it at last. This is why I love buying music. It is more suspenseful, more meaningful, more lasting. Less disposable. Fuck the RIAA, but you know what? Fuck downloading, too.