Confessions Of A Record Store Junkie, Part IV
I knew it!
Stupid damn laptop exploded, again. Actually, different laptop, same kaboom.
Am I prepared this time, to deal with the sad realities of what this, once again, means to my music listening schedules and routines? Yes and no. Yes, I have most everything backed up on DISK and on an external hard drive. Hurray for me. I have learned. What a smart little boy I have become. Good for you. Here, have a biscuit and a ‘thanks for participating!’ award. Don’t break your collarbone patting yourself on the back, Monsieur E.
No, because when I say that I have ‘most’ of my music backed up what I really mean is that I have about 400 albums that are not, because since I have backed up the initial mass of tunes I found a huge box of CD’s I forgot I had in the garage and downloaded them manually, one CD at a time, to my itunes library; and did not back them up. And so it seems I am left with a few choices, again, although this time out it’s a little easier.
Oh, but before I go there, to that place, let me first say that my laptop was a pretty crappy one, that had very little memory compared to what’s on offer today, and that my wife had a zillion photos stored on there, in addition to my zillion songs, in addition to some weird virus, so it was only a matter of time before it went kaput. I’m glad in a way, because we get a new computer with I think 20 times the storage capacity of the old one, which means I should never have to see that “Disk space is FULL” block appear again, a very good thing indeed.
Anyway, back to choices. I figure I can do one of 2 things:
- Keep everything the same. This means upload all the music I have stored on backup to itunes and start manually downloading (uploading? Remember, I’m a bit of a luddite!) those physical CD’s that aren’t backed up. So, work to ensure everything becomes as it was before the Mighty Laptop Explosion Of 2013.
- Start fresh. Actually analyze and hand pick songs and albums that I am most interested in at this moment and upload (download? Shit!) those. Do a bit of musical pruning, if you please.
Option one is the least time consuming, but also the least satisfying, of the two. I think. I am definitely leaning towards “Option #2”. Yes, as a matter of fact, I believe that’s the one for me. Sounds like good music nerd fun! Fussing about making lists, agonizing over songs and albums and bands, re-categorizing, setting up new playlists, changing genres (Special note to itunes, or whoever codes CD’s: The Dead Kennedys are NOT ‘Adult Contemporary’), and generally spending hours, days, weeks and maybe even months getting the library and subsequently what’s on my ipod juuuuuuuussssssst the way I want it.
Well alright then.