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The Woeful Inadequacy of iTunes Match

I can’t believe it. I wait months for Apple’s much-anticipated put-all-your-music-in-the-cloud iTunes Match service… I even go out of my way to a manual download and install when neither my Mac’s “Software Update” nor iTunes’ “Check for Updates” can find iTunes 10.5.1 (not a real hassle but it shows that I was motivated)… I’m ready to subscribe… and what do I get? The following promise:

and then THIS:

AAAAARRRGGHHHHH!!! So I have 58,580 songs that were not purchased in the iTunes store — over twice the legal limit. I think Apple should be proud of me for still using iTunes instead of sending some little box out to brush me off. Argh!

Ah, well, as long as I can wait another six weeks, I can still upload EVERY SINGLE SONG to Amazon’s Cloud Drive, which will work nicely with the shiny new Kindle Fire that will show up on Thursday (and which I ordered six weeks ago on  the day that it was announced).

Update 1: MacWorld has already published a kludgy but tolerable solution to the 25,000 song limit in iTunes Match. It involves creating a sort of shell second library and syncing that (without affecting the complete, main library). It might be worth a try. Here’s a link to the article with full instructions.

Update 2: I waxed eloquent about my soon-to-arrive Kindle Fire just two paragraphs ago. Then I read actual, hands-on reviews of the device and, well, it doesn’t look so good. (Here’s Wired’s scathing review and a compilation of several others.) Well, zut, alors, as I learned to say in France. The estimated probability-of-return is high enough at this moment that I just ordered one of the other new Kindles, the wifi Kindle Touch, which will arrive next week. Wired was much kinder to this one. I have a little experience with another version of the Kindle and, just like they say, it weighs almost nothing, the battery lasts forever, and the e-ink is very easy on the eyes (especially in bright sunlight). Well, that may be the way I end up going. We’ll see.

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Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q1

Black Uhuru - Anthem

I want to talk about the music that I’ve been listening to. I’ve always wanted to create entries on new things that amaze me but it seemed like too much work, as I am always finding something extraordinary. Consequently, I’ve decided to condense my musical revelations into “quarterly reports” that will list what I have been listening to or discovered in the previous three months. I’ve compiled these by looking at what I’ve added to iTunes on my computer, what I’ve listed to on Amazon/Google/Spotify/Last.fm/etc., what I’ve checked out from the library, and so on.

Here’s what’s been new and exciting for the first three months of 2010:

  • Digital version of a lot of Black Uhuru albums, including the Jamaican release of “Anthem.” This is the one I had on vinyl (and still do); the UK and US releases had an extremely irritating Kenny G. style soprano saxophone thrown on several tracks that were perfect exactly as they were without it. I pretty much imprinted on Robbie Shakespeare‘s bass from that album: subtle tone, great syncopation and counterpoint. It has always served as my reference point.
  • Got a digital version of “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid, which I had on vinyl (or cassette) back in the day
  • Lots of cheap/free compilations from Amazon
  • Bunch of funky stuff by dancer/vocalist Meredith Monk


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