For several years I’ve been an enthusiastic iPod user. I listen to music, books, and podcasts, and currently have 47.64 GB stored (out of 160 GB available). That 47.64 GB translates into 32.7 days of possible listening, or 885 hours if you’d like to think of it that way. As if that weren’t keeping me busy enough, I’ve now added an iPhone to my technical arsenal, and I’m afraid I’m hooked. The apps are much too enticing and I’ve already added more of them than I need, although I’ve had this little addictive iPhone less than a month!
Still, I suppose there are two apps that have taken most of my time and only one of them happens to be musical. The non-musical one is Scrabble, my favorite game of all time. My win rate is currently 80% against the computer and I expect that to remain the same until I allow the computer to increase its skill level! The musical app is Pandora radio and I’ve had a ball listening to that. The listening possibilities on my iPod have evidently not been enough, for I’m now selecting from an array of Pandora stations (all created by me I might add). I often select a “quick mix” that might create a lineup of artists such as: Frank Sinatra, Vaughan Williams, Neil Sedaka, J.S. Bach, Ella Fitzgerald, Danny & the Juniors, etc. With this cornucopia of listening pleasures provided by my iPod and iPhone, I’m afraid my extensive CD and LP collections have been sadly neglected of late.
As a musician, I’m thrilled to have this listening potential available at the push of a button, especially when I compare it to what was possible at the beginning of my “listening career” so many years ago (six LPs and an FM radio station that broadcast two hours of classical music daily). And yet, I must say that even with all the entertaining and instructive hours of music available to me today, nothing satisfies me like a choral rehearsal filled with persons committed to making the most beautiful music possible. I am fortunate to have several possibilities such as that each week, and for that I am eternally grateful. For me, and I hope for others, “recorded” music will never take the place of “live” music.
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