I'm happy to be writing this with a set of headphones on.
Last weekend, there was a Woot-off over at woot.com. (I'll let you surf the site to figure out what a Woot-off is.) But one of the deals that came up during said Woot-off was a Sony 1GB MP3 player for all of $40.
By comparison, here's the same item on Amazon - though mine is purple. Cost for a new one on Amazon: $189.95. For the price I paid, I can deal with the purple, even though it may bother the dude running the Uni Watch blog.
It finally arrived in the mail yesterday morning. Last night - though I knew I had to get up early - I immediately set out to use up as much of that 1GB as I could. I rolled out to the giant turning CD case and plucked every CD that interested me. I'd guess I used somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 of all the cases there.
All told, I burned 206 songs and bought four more from Sony: "Brian Wilson" and "If I Had A Million Dollars" from Barenaked Ladies, "Smiley Faces" from Gnarls Barkley and "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" by P.M. Dawn. The combined total of those 210 songs leaves me with just over 20 percent of the space remaining.
At four minutes a pop, that's over 13 hours of music. And it's stuff that I like - all of it.
I can't believe I didn't drop the coin for this before...
In case you're wondering, my tracklist includes all of the following (most with multiple songs):
AC/DC, Alice In Chains, Az Yet, Blackstreet, Boston, Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, The Cars, CCR, Def Leppard, The Doors, Carl Douglas, Dr. Dre, Faith Evans, Foo Fighters, Foreigner, The Four Tops, Fuel, The Fugees, Groove Theory, Guns 'n' Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Journey, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Montell Jordan, Judas Priest, R. Kelly, Kiss, Korn, L.L. Cool J, Led Zeppelin, Limp Bizkit, Live, The Mamas and the Papas, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Naughty by Nature, Nirvana, N.W.A., Oasis, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Poison, Ratt, Red Rider, Scorpions, Simon and Garfunkel, Snoop Dogg, Starship, Stone Temple Pilots, Survivor, TLC, Toto, Tupac and W.A.S.P.
And I still have some CDs in my car. Looks like I better bring those in tomorrow, because no collection of mine will be complete without Frank Sinatra.