Although I have been enjoying mp3s and downloaded music for quite a while - I still have my Diamond Rio PMP300 which held SIX whole songs!!!! - I have only recently become a iPod convert, and started to buy tracks from iTunes and Amazon.... and part of me still doesn't think it is real. This is partly because I like to have things I can hold and partly because I don't particularly like headphones.
Big leap forward number one was finding I could play my iPod through my car system. Big leap three will be finding a way to playing digital music in my house. I am thinking that a Logitech Squeezebox might be the answerr? Has anyone tried one?
Big leap two, was discovering www.emusic.com. For just £11.99 I can download 50 tracks a month, so about £2.50 an album. Not bad, but it is the selction that thrills me...
If you go to eMusic searching for chart-topping bands you will probably be disappointed, but if you like jazz, reggae and world music there are some real treats to be found.
I would have happily paid the month's subscription for Esbjorn Svensson Trio's Live in Hamburg double CD, but it cost only 10 of my May 50... leaving space for Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy and new discoveries like Lars Danielsson, Ted Nash and In The Country.
I've also topped up with albums from Television, Tom Waits, Nick Lowe, Joe Strummer, Peter Bjorn and John, Royksopp, David Byrne and Brian Eno.
If you want an invite, let me know (that way I get 50 free tracks if you sign up...).