I am officially addicted to the iTunes music store. This is a tragic day indeed. It was the classical section that put me over the edge. Granted, it is a smallish library, but seems to have a more interesting selection than many stores, and certainly will grow as the service grows. As it stands, it is very nicely organized (by period, for easy browsing whether you are in the mood for English madrigals or Philip Glass, and has a very nice search feature that lets you find anything you might want.
I am currently listening to Kodály’s “Peacock” Variations which I bought on an album along with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra for not quite $10. If I’d wanted to, I could have purchased individual tracks for $.99, a feature that I am certainly taking advantage of in the popular music sections. Oh, the ease and convenience of it all… the obvious danger being exactly that. It is awfully easy to click and click and not think about how those little tracks are adding up.
GAH. This thing is a music-lover’s paradise. The application itself has also spawned, in both my husband and myself, a renewed interest in our mp3 collections, and we now have ambitious plans for ripping all our cd collection (over 1500) and serving the mp3s on his old computer via iTunes, which we found is extremely easy to share across the network, giving us insanely easy access to our entire music collection from any computer in the house, both PCs and Macs (we are a cross-platform household).
In other news, I’m hungry and shall now look for food.