My iPod thinks it is currently playing the Rain Battle track from the score to The Greatest Game Ever Played. It is, in actuality, playing a track from The Postman. WTF?
Well, now that's over. Let's see what it plays when I select the score for Transformers.
As an early X-mas gift to Mark (and myself) this week, we upgraded our 20 gig 4th gen iPods to new 80 gig iPod Classics. Why? Well, you wouldn't think you'd run out of room with 20 gigs, but Mark was approaching that threshold rapidly, and having to pick and choose what he wanted to add. And I wanted video capabilities, so I can rip some things to it for things like plane trips to Disneyland at the end of November *cough*. I also didn't want to wait until closer to X-mas, because iPods notoriously sell out pre-holiday.
Costco has the new Classic 80g for$240, and their return policy can't be beat. You know, just in case something odd happens, like when you go to update your new iPod to the newest software from Apple after you've synced it, and the software "upgrade" freezes your new iPod and locks it out so nothing and no one can unlock it, and your computer no longer sees it, and not even a hard restart can shock it back to life.
Yes, that happened to us. Twice. We had to return two iPods for new ones because the 1.0.2 official upgrade from Apple f-ed them up. WTH, Apple? From various and sundry forum posts, Apple has not responded to complaints about this, and it doesn't seem to be happening to everyone, just a fairly hefty percentage of new iPod owners. We were just lucky, I guess, to have lightning strike twice. Now whenever iTunes asks if I'd like to upgrade, I click "no".
So, having gotten the bad out of the way, let me get on with the good:
~ I'll try to post pics later, but for now, you'll just have to take my word: the new iPod classic is beautiful. Sexy, sleek, and the new anodized aluminum shell and scratch resistant screen give it a nice heft in addition to a sophisticated look. I have the silver, while Mark went with the black. Both are fabulous.
~ And that's just the outside. I've seen complaint after complaint online about how the Classic's new graphic intensive display choices are cumbersome and useless. I disagree! Strongly! Now you'll actually want to have artwork for all your albums, because the iPod utilizes them brilliantly. When you browse your albums, each title is accompanied by a miniaturized icon of your album cover. The Coverflow feature allows you to flip through them as though going through the albums on your shelf. I've heard it said this is laggy and slow, but it certainly hasn't been on ours! Mark has 14 gigs of music on his, and the covers flow smoothly and quickly. Perhaps libraries of 60 gigs are a bit slower due to the higher graphic content, I don't know. But I certainly find the Coverflow feature pretty and fun. :) In addition to this, on the main menu the Classic randomly displays album covers from your library on half the screen, like a screensaver would do. I rather like this feature, again, for the eye candy factor.
~ Video plays crystal clear and gorgeous. I happened to still have the first episode of Blood Ties saved in iTunes and didn't realize it until I synced. So of course I rewatched it - beautiful, certainly eminently watchable even on a 2.5 inch screen. I'm sure this is very like the previous 80g iPod version 5.5, but having never experienced that model, I can't compare the video quality of the two. I can only assure you that on the classic, video is sharp, crisp, pretty, and will change how I entertain myself whilst flying from here on out. (I can just see putting an entire season of some favorite show on here the next time I'm flying to Florida.)
I am exremely pleased with my sleek little new iPod - other than the idiocy of it locking up via an official Apple update!
My usual way of listening to the 1400 score tracks I currently have on the iPod, is to select whatever score I'm in the mood for and play it on shuffle. I really need to stop being lazy about it and make themed playlists, like "battle music" or "mysterious moments" -- things like that for music to write by. Except I haven't, so often as not I simple select Chronicles of Narnia, or Children of Dune, or Star Wars, Episode III.
But for the last two days, I've wanted to be surprised, so I put my entire library of music scores on shuffle. That gives el iPod 1400 tracks to choose from. (I really need to add more from our collection. That's laziness, too.)
And yet, out of twelve tracks so far this morning, four of them have been from Conan the Barbarian. Four. How is that shuffling, exactly?
Oh, wait. And four songs later, we are back to Conan. You know, it really is Basil Poledouris' masterpiece score, truly one of the greatest scores of all time. But I'm really not in a Conan mood this morning, iPod.
-- I just ordered Transformers: The Ultimate Guide on amazon for Mark. Because he's such a guy and even at 31 years of age still loves Transformers to the point of owning the series and movie on DVD, the soundtrack to the movie, and several toys from the bygone days of his childhood. He saw the book at borders and wanted to get it then - (for $25!) - I told him I'd get it for him cheaper on amazon, which I did, by almost $10.
-- I also just ordered HBO for the next six months, because it only added like $4 a month to our bill, and I wanted to be able to watch Rome. I didn't order it for Deadwood when S2 began (mostly because it's a given that we'll own the DVD), but I did for a TV series I'm not even certain will be worth it. (Though I'm pretty sure it will be. Look at the cast and creative folks behind it. I think it's going to be amazing!) Anyone know how many episodes the series will run? Six months should be long enough, right? Oh well. If I don't love it, I'll cancel HBO. Also, does anyone know when Deadwood S2 will be out? I keep checking, hoping, and no luck as yet.
I am such a geek.
-- I am listening to The Signal on my iPod today - which still needs his very own name - which is the podcast for Firefly/Serenity news. So far, I've heard interviews with both Adam Baldwin and Gina Torres. Awesome. It sounds like if Serenity does well enough, a sequel is very possible. Adam really stressed how opening weekend numbers matter in Hollywood, and that even fans who have already seen it can help best by seeing it again opening weekend.
-- Yes, my IPod seems like a "he" to me. I really need to come up with a name. Harry? Fred? The horse I owned in middle/high school was named Fred (he came with the name) and I loved him. He was actually a 4-H State Champion, so the name is not as ignomious as it sounds. Still, I'm not sure it fits my iPod. Fred, the iPod. Hmmm.
Any other suggestions?
Wow, I've spent almost two hours at work and barely noticed, having listened to both Mugglecast and Moore's latest BSG cast. I need more!