December 17th, 2005

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Fun With iTunes

Before I move on to my adventures with iTunes, an odd observation: I just realized something today -- most of my friends (for at least one reasonable value of "friends") these days are primarily Mac users (including almost everyone who once or still uses Linux) -- the ones who primarily (or only) use Windows are a distinct minority, and a significant fraction don't use Windows at all. I'm not sure how that happened -- I never noticed the trend until now.

Anyway, I'm slowly moving a number of things over to my Mac, including all of my music. Despite the things I still don't particularly like about iTunes, it's grown on me quite a bit over the last couple of weeks, enough so that I've decided to use it as keeper of my primary music library. It's certainly better at keeping things organized than WinAmp, but there are a couple of drawbacks to that -- one, it's a little awkward absorbing music in such a way that my library more or less stays in sync with other places I listen to it, namely, my other laptop, where I still import things (because I have better tools for various things such as tag management, easily adjusting track gain, and the like -- things that are important to cleanly absorbing new music in a portable fashion), and I wish there was a way to just listen to things (or small sets of things) without involving my library (and the changes to my library). The solution to the latter problem is a more lightweight client more along the lines of classic WinAmp, but I still haven't done much about hunting down such a thing (XMMS might fit the bill). The solution to the former problem is changing the way I organize things so that they fit iTunes better, which is moderately annoying, but probably worth the benefits.

So, there's that.

The other thing is that iTunes has podcast support built in, and while I'm not a big podcast afficionado (I've only ever listed to the one, after all, and not very consistently at that), I figured I might as well use it. So... I'm looking for podcasts, a topic for my next post.
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So... Now that I'm using iTunes, there's that podcast folder thingy, and I'm thinking I need some podcasts. So, what podcasts should I get?

I was talking with Steve, and he gave me several suggestions (although I closed the window accidentally, and don't have logging here at work -- I think I remember all the ones you told me, but if you could mail me the IM log, that'd be nice -- or you could post them here for the general audience, along with any other suggestions you might have). Anyway, podcasts I'm looking for...

Right. Podcasts. First off, I'm looking for Escape Pod. But I already found it, so I'm good there. Next, anything related to languages would be good, especially Japanese (or Japan in general). Other languages I probably won't listen to that much right away, but it'd be nice to collect them for later when they'd be more useful. Beyond that, anything particularly entertaining or astoundingly good or whatever. I'll probably go browsing for some on my own as well, of course. Anybody here besides Steve do the podcast thing and have any suggestions?

I figure I'll actually listen to maybe 10% of anything I subscribe to, of course, as podcasts don't exactly fit in my iLife (ahem) very well, but you know, I've got all that extra HD space to fill...
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