Tea time won’t be the same without my Donna

During the hols my ipod went on the fritz. I wasn’t sure it was dead, but wouldn’t seem to wake up. I suspected it got a bit of water in it. It didn’t come good after a couple of days. It was roughly 3 years I’d had it. It was an 80gig black “classic” model. I was waiting til I got back home and plugged it into its homebase before concluding that it was really in trouble, thinking that perhaps it was the strange voltage in Aust. that was impeding its recharge and return to health.
I plugged it in here and for a moment it said, Recharging, and had a little picture of a battery but that only lasted momentarily. I left it plugged in, hoping that something good would happen. Later that night I woke to go to the toilet and noticed that in the dark the ipod screen was flashing intermittently — every 10 seconds or so — as if it were trying to communicate with some far off creator.
Three years is a short life for a device of its price. I usually think along the lines of, if I get a lot of use out of an object, or if it provides me an invaluable service, then these are the things that make up its real worth. That is, price is less important. But I’m starting to reconsider the worth of Apple and their iPods.

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I wasn’t left totally music-less while in Au. I did have some 60 or so more-or-less random songs on the ipod part of the new iphone. This included Amon Tobin’s Monthly Joints series. Ten tracks that I actually bought and like. Also on there was Something Else, by The Kinks, some Russian rap: Shaiba and a bunch of single tracks like Polk Salad Annie by Tony Joe White, Apache – Incredible Bongo Band, and Bule Bule by Los Rockin Devils.

I got to know that stuff pretty well. It reminded me of times in the past when I actually bought most of the music I had and the arrival of new music was much more irregular. I’m a boy of the cassette era. Skipping tracks on a cassette took time and was imprecise.  Consequently I didn’t skip tracks. Sometimes a cassette would be bought on the strength of one or two tracks. I’d get it home and find that the rest of the album was nothing like the singles, but I’d paid hard-earned, shopping trolley-pushing pocket money to buy it so I’d listen to it and eventually the rest of the music on there would eventually grow on me and find a time and place in my life.
I compare that to some of the music I’ve latched onto in the last year or so and the pattern is different. I D/Ld Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life album and I like it but I rarely listen to anything on it apart from the tracks Lust For Life, The Passenger and Fall In Love With Me. With New Values I went that one step further and deleted all of it except for I’m Bored and The Endless Sea. I think Roxy Music’s self-titled album would get into my top 10 of best from last year but the first five tracks have been listened to twice as often as the second half.

So anyway, in normal circumstances all I would bother with on Something Else by The Kinks is the last track, the classic Waterloo Sunset. But in Melbourne, stuck on the god-awful slow and inefficient Met and V/line I had little other choice than to listen to the rest of the album, and found it grew on me. Same with the Russian rap. As a language, its sound suits rap well. It’s easy to picture those young <strike>turks</strike> Russians all attituded-up and gesticulating with their fingers.

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So apart from the fact that the damn things keep breaking on me, I’m debating whether its such a good thing having the whole 80gigs of my music collection at the ready. There’s whole days of stuff in there that I never listen to but it’s difficult to find because iTunes’ filing structure is so primitive and inflexible.

I might just stick with the hard-disk space that’s available on the phone, or perhaps get a nano.

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