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i am beginning to prefer amazon's mp3 store to itunes
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seperis
Granted, before my Android phone's data plan and the unlimited storage of the cloudplayer, my resolution to stop using iTunes with its distressing habit of deleting my libraries at random wasn't really working. Most of this was to the fact that I loathed surfing amazon's site to get music when iTunes delivered it directly to my player and didn't require extra software downloads and having to hit back twice when buying two songs from the same album. Because honestly, convenience wins.

This has been a thing.

However, my phone has more than sufficient memory to get my entire library if I want to put it on there (though from my rate of spending, not for long), and by dint of not even opening iTunes (helps that it crashed at least once and required me to get my library backup) until the habit was set enough with amazon. I've been using it to sample songs at the 1:30 when I want to buy and to get what I can't get at amazon (or is cheaper at iTunes, which is rare but happens) and apparently either something's changed radically or my memory is that bad, but when I went there to listen to a longer sample of a song on Amazon that cut off in the weirdest place ever, it took me a second to recognize the song and even longer poking my headphones between amazon and iTunes before I had to admit that the 1:30 sample length is nice, but the quality is hideous.

Is this just me? When they went to the 1:30, I don't remember it being this bad. I checked my settings, but the contrast to my library's music is almost painful. Did they strip the quality down? I mean, I get wanting to assure people don't uh, steal 1:30 of a full song as that is--seriously, no, I don't, who would bother, that's like stealing the middle third of a book you've never read--but it's not just as close to monotone you can get while being recognizably music, it feels stripped of actual chords.

So that was--I don't know, anyone?

Anyway, most recent musical additions:

Fuel - Shimmer from Sunburn and Bad Day from Something Like Human - both older and both a surprise; the only Fuel song I thought I liked was Hemorrhage and then looked at the cloudplayer and no, there were actually three, who knew. Bad Day especially surprised me because I really didn't care for it from amazon's sample at first and then right before it cut off, it clicked (which led to the iTunes thing above).

Midnight to Twelve - Moments, Good Morning Again, Remembering, and Slam from Midnight to Twelve - I liked them for the potential for pleasant background reading or writing music, but the more I listen, the more I kind of want to stop whatever else I'm doing. I'm not entirely sure why; these aren't flashy or normally what I would have considered memorable if I'd heard a snatch of them on the radio.

Imagine Dragons - Demons, It's Time, Bleeding Out, and Radioactive from Night Visions - the latter two were from my January purchase, the former two yesterday. I really just should have bought the album and been done with it. I already know that I'm probably going to eventually click with two other songs there any day now. For the record, the is possibly my favorite band name ever. I really just should have bought it just on that. Radioactive is my favorite, but Demons is bizarrely catchy--not earwormy, per se, but more really hard not to stop and listen to.

Story of the Year - The Ghost of You and I from The Constant - this is my second song purchase from this band, and I honestly can't even tell you what I like about it. Except okay, there's this kind of semi-The Lumineers catchy beat that kind of bops me, IDK.

Katy Perry - Wide Awake from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection - I blame the media or something. Pandora. The RIAA. Universal Consciousness. I mean, I don't hate her music, but it's like, candy for me; it's too jarring to write to but doesn't catch me enough to want to listen to it alone. She's dance or driving music, is what I'm saying. And yet.

Lifehouse - Between the Raindrops from Almeria - everything Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, and Our Lady Peace can be blamed on the Smallville fandom, where they seemed to make everyone's writing playlists and vid lists and possibly even on the show. They're kind of the equivalent of comfort food, and while the song has no surprises, neither does fried chicken, and yet I love them both when I'm in a bad mood.

Pink - Try from The Truth About Love - she's one of my top three female artists ever, and this is because of Battlestar Galactica vids at Vividcon. This may seem possibly the least sense-making approach to music, but here's the thing. I've heard that your musical tastes are pretty much set at x date and everything is variations after that, which may or may not be true. I can tell you I didn't like any of her music--again, taste, not quality--until this Starbuck vid and now she can kind of do no wrong. I don't even know what to call that; all it took was one vidded song and boom, all of her music suddenly came into perspective.

The Lumineers - Ho Hey from the single - this is the single representative song of a subgenre of Alt that I don't even know what is called, but I know I hate it--again, not quality, taste, I get I'm missing something here--but this? Drums. You can stomp to this, which suddenly totally worked for me, and if any of you ever happened to be in Austin and around my building during my break, if you ever saw someone back behind the cars stomping every first beat in a measure with added enthusiastic nodding (saying headbanging is wrong), well, God don't tell anyone, but also, that was me for a few days.

Rihanna - Diamonds from the single - Rihanna is one of my top five and rotates to the top two every once in a while because while all her music doesn't work for me, I love her voice and will listen to songs I don't even like on Pandora if she's singing them.

Muse - Madness from The 2nd Law - it's Muse. I mean, magic. It may or not be semi-hypnotic as well.

Hinder - Get Me Away From You, Talk To Me, Anyone But You, Should Have Known Better, I Don't Wanna Believe, and Save Me from Welcome to the Freakshow - Since 2009 when I first stumbled across them while writing War Games, they've moved from top ten to top three and with The Fray's last album not working for me, they're probably my favorite band. At least, I am really willing to

Luke Bryan - Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye from Tailgates and Tanlines - this both earwormy, breakup sex, and maybe this is only funny to me, but the entire thing inverses the sad breakup thing--they're kind of sad because the sex was amazing and okay, quickie before you go? But meaningful. It took me a while to actually walk through the lyrics and get the underlying hilarity.

All links go to youtube. I think I checked all these, but it's possible I linked to a bad one.

Currently, for teh curious, according to Amazon cloudplayer, the following is true:

Songs: 3244
Albums: 1806 (this does not mean full albums; one song from an album counts)
Artists: 1200
Genres: 102

...okay, call me crazy, but 102 genres of music? I can't even name twenty genres off the top of my head. Among them, according to cloudplayer:

Things That Are Alternative

Alternative, Alternative and Punk (really?), Alternative Pop, Alternative/College (no really), and Alternative/Indie which officially makes the word 'Alternative' meaningless to me yet it seems something like 1/6 of my entire collection is somewhere in here.

I Don't Actually Like Indie When It's Not Live?

Indie, Indie-Pop, and Indie-Rock - I see a pattern, except why did Alt get top billing in Alt/Indie instead of it being Indie/Alt and what the hell is the difference between a '/' and a '-' in the names?

All the Pops

Pop, Pop Latino, Pop Funk, Pop/R&B, Pop/Rock, Rock & Pop, Rock/Pop, Rap/Pop and from above Alternative-Pop - this is random, isn't it? Whose on top is a flip of the coin?

Really, Folk?
Folk, Folk-Pop, Folk-Rock, Anti-folk, Post-folk - there's anti-folk?? It's sole occupant is one song by Regina Spektar (Eleven Eleven if you are curious and I have no memory of ever hearing this song before in my life. What the hell?). For that matter, I must be sleepbuying or something--I recognize five songs in these lists.

I don't even know what Post-folk means.

Uh huh
Bootlegs - ...that's a genre?

This is weirdly fascinating.

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thank you for the musical sampler! 
I have also migrated from itunes to amazon for music. I was 2/3 of the way there already,  but now, Cloudplayer! how I love it!


I love the cloudplayer. It was totally worth the $25 a year to have all my music conveniently housed in one place!

You're welcome! I hope you enjoy a few of them!

I was just wondering if you had ever considered Spotify?

Also, I hear you about Katy Perry. I could not call myself a fan of hers but yet I never turn her songs off and sometimes even jam to them. Often in the car. And I went to see her movie. (It was free at least.)


Katy Perry is just monumentally catchy.

I haven't used it yet, but I wnt to say I donwloaded the app at some point.

One reason I prefer to buy music from Amazon instead of iTunes is that I can set my purchases/downloads to a higher quality of file compression. I wonder if iTunes uses the lowest quality for it's samples.

The quality definitely has dropped and it's frustrating, because their samples are the reason I go to iTunes store at all and still buy the occasional song when I'm there and notice a sale. So they're giving me no reason whatsoever now to go there; youtube will do just as well.

she's one of my top three female artists ever, and this is because of Battlestar Galactica vids at Vividcon. This may seem possibly the least sense-making approach to music, but here's the thing. I've heard that your musical tastes are pretty much set at x date and everything is variations after that, which may or may not be true. I can tell you I didn't like any of her music--again, taste, not quality--until this Starbuck vid and now she can kind of do no wrong. I don't even know what to call that; all it took was one vidded song and boom, all of her music suddenly came into perspective.

Fuck, yeah, "Cuz I Can!" Also, "God is a DJ," but "Cuz I Can" was the Starbuck vid where I really GOT IT.

This sentiment is completely sensible to me.

HELLO VID MUSIC SOUL MATE!

Seriously, I was at Club Vivid and stopped dancing in the middle of the floor when it came up on rotation and was totally blown away by the vid. And Pink is now forever a favorite.

HIHI! I feel I must also mention "I'm Not Dead." That was an oversight on my part. I worship dualbunny for those vids, seriously. I've now rewatched them all. THEY ARE STILL AMAZING.

I bought Pink's album because of those vids.

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Chekcing as soon as I get some free moments! Well, in teh next hour, prob.

It took me awhile to get into Luke Bryan and then I kind of fell into his music, pretty hard. He's got a lot more going for him, lyrically, than a lot of other artists, and I really enjoy stripping away meaning as I re-listen. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Eric Church are my current country music repeats at the moment. Well. After Miranda Lambert, of course.

I did want to thank you for these posts. I always enjoy squeeing over stuff I agree with and being introduced to stuff I wasn't aware of. Thanks for the heads up!

Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are two in country I think about a lot in how they stay in genre but have a very different pop influence. And yes, Bryan's lyricism is lovely.

Glad you enjoyed!

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