50,000,000,000 and counting….

Screen_Shot_2013-05-02_at_2.51.42_PMFrom cnet.com:

It seems like only yesterday that the iTunes App Store hit its 25 billionth download…actually it was only last year. It’s incredible that the online marketplace (currently at over 49.2 billion downloads) will soon be doubling that number. To mark the momentous occasion, Apple is holding a contest that app addicts will surely appreciate. Feeling lucky? Then download on.

If you happen to download the 50 billionth app, you will win a $10,000 App Store gift card. Though the odds seem stacked against you, don’t despair, as the first 50 users after the 50 billionth to download an app will each receive a $500 App Store gift card. The contest is open to users 13 and older, and no purchase is necessary. More official rules are listed on the iTunes App Store site.

Whether you are going to download the number one paid app of all time — Angry Birds — or the 23rd most popular freebie app — Pac-Man Lite — your next iTunes app selection may be a true game changer.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t use iTunes. I resisted getting an iPod when they first came out; at the time I was very content listening to my cd’s on my (gulp) Sony Discman. Not that long ago I saw someone on the subway with one of those. I thought, “how retro”. How times have changed.

Ah, the good ol’ days:

The “It’s !#@%!**! 5:00 a.m. and the batteries have died in the smoke alarm” Shuffle Report

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Having a decent night’s sleep, when the Bargainista (love the shades, BTW) wakes me up to tell me the smoke alarm is going off. The first natural reaction is that it’s due to (heaven forbid) a fire, but as soon as I heard it I knew instantly what it was. That incessant beep can only mean one thing: the batteries have died. So after stumbling for a chair to climb up on (and due to the alarm’s location praying I don’t take a header off of the upstairs landing) I gingerly climbed up and then pried the bloody thing off the ceiling, only to then struggle to open the battery compartment while it continues to beep in my face.

With thoughts of just heaving the thing across the room swirling through my foggy head, I managed to get it open, remove the offending double-A’s, and climb back into bed. Managed to salavage a little bit more slumber, but not much.

So what does all of this have to do with today’s shuffle report? Nothing. Just thought I’d share the misery. 🙂

But what I really want to know is..why is it that when the batteries go kaput in your smoke alarm, it happens when you’re sleeping? And why is it that you drive on a parkway, but park on a driveway? Sorry, I’m babbling. I’m tired and punchy. Have a good Friday everyone.

The list below is what I listened to as I dragged my weary body into the office this morning. Some good tunes today.

1. If You Fall—Steve Earle (El Corazon)
2. Get It Hot—AC/DC (Highway To Hell) [Wonder what this one’s about? Coffee, perhaps?]
3. The Valley—Los Lobos (The Town and The City) [Why aren’t more people listening to Los Lobos? Can’t say enough good things about this band.]
4. Guitar And Pen—The Who (Who Are You)
5. Faithless—Rush (Snakes & Arrows)
6. Band On The Run—Paul McCartney (Band on The Run) [Good concert clip here.]
7. Think You Should Know—Jacksoul (Resurrected) [Hope Haydain Neale will return to performing again. A great Canadian talent.]
8. Raise Your Hand—Bruce Springsteen (Live 1975-1985) [Vintage Boss!]
9. Norwegian Wood—The Beatles (Rubber Soul)
10. Sound & Vision—David Bowie (Low)

The “Arrrggh! I had to take the car today and am stuck in rush hour traffic” shuffle report

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Had a late afternoon appointment that required taking the car to work today which meant a long drive in rush hour traffic. At least I had the tunes.

1. Neither One of Us–Gladys Knight & The Pips (Greatest Hits)
2. You’re Kind–Paul Simon (Still Crazy After All These Years)
3. Mr. Jones–Talking Heads (Naked)
4. Wheels of Fortune–The Doobie Brothers (The Very Best Of) [Love the Doobs in the summertime]
5. Loose Ends–Bruce Springsteen (Tracks)
6. Best of My Love–The Eagles (The Very Best Of)
7. Peace On Earth–U2 (All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
8. Detroit Breakdown–The J. Geils Band (Anthology) [Awesome live act. Here’s hoping they tour again.]
9. Rocket–Def Leppard (Rock Of Ages) [Hair band alert!]
10. Think It Over–Buddy Holly & The Crickets (From The Original Master Tapes)
11. Think Too Much (a)–Paul Simon (Hearts & Bones)*

*Extra track today, ’cause that’s how many songs I listened to until I reached my destination.

The Lunch Time Shuffle Report

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Here just for fun are the 10 songs I had listened to on my iPod around lunch time today (in shuffle mode, of course).

1. Lost In The Flood (Live)—Bruce Springsteen (Live In New York City)

2. Four Little Diamonds—ELO (Best of)

3. You Be My Baby –Ray Charles (The Birth of Soul, Disc 3)

4. Esmeralda Suite—Santa Esmeralda (Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood)

5. Weak Woman—Joan Armatrading (Square The Circle)

6. If You Were Only Here Tonight—Los Lobos (The Town And The City)

7. Queen of The Supermarket—Bruce Springsteen (Working On A Dream)*

8. Memory Motel—The Rolling Stones (Black and Blue)

9. Baby, Baby All The Time—Nat King Cole (The Best of the Cole Trio)

10. Birthday—The Beatles (White Album)**

* There aren’t  too many Springsteen songs I don’t like. This is one of them.

**If it’s your birthday today, happy birthday to you. 🙂

The 4 O’Clock Shuffle Report

ipodHere just for fun are the 10 songs I had listened to on my iPod at around 4:00 p.m. today (in shuffle mode, of course). A couple from Ms. Lennox, a couple from the Fab Four, and a little bit of Cancon for good measure.

1. Pavement Cracks–Annie Lennox (Bare)
2. Highway 61 Revisited–Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited)
3. Don’t Let Me Down–The Beatles (Past Masters Volume 2)
4. Consequence Free–Great Big Sea (Turn)
5. Through The Glass Darkly–Annie Lennox (Songs of Mass Detruction)
6. Native Son–John Hiatt (Walk On)
7. Got To Get You Into My Life–The Beatles (Revolver)
8. Ballad of Big–Genesis (And Then There Were Three)
9. New Kid (On The Block)–Barenaked Ladies (Gordon)
10. Jolé Blon–Gary U.S. Bonds (Dedication)

My Favourite Dance: The iPod Shuffle

Not to sound like a commercial, but our house has always been an Apple house. We’ve gone through several Mac computers, and several iPods. But a couple of years ago, when my wife asked me if I was interested in owning an iPod, I said no. I figured the only way I’d be happy with one was if I could get one with a large enough capacity to hold most if not all of my favourite tunes, and at the time I just didn’t feel like spending the money. I was content to listen to my cd’s (the old fashioned way: one at a time) on the home stereo, the car stereo, my trusty cd Walkman or on the boombox on my desk at work.

Then she surprised me. She bought me a 30gb model for my birthday. Depending on song length, that model can hold up to 7500 songs. I’m not quite there, but not far off. I don’t use it to watch movies as I find it drains the battery quickly and the peaks and valleys of the audio can make it tough to watch on a noisy subway.

Fast forward to today–I never leave home without it. I bought this inexpensive wireless adapter to listen to it in the car and while not perfect, it works way better then some of the more expensive models I bought (and returned) at the Apple store. I also have a great set of speakers that I use at the office.

So do I still listen to my music one album at a time? Hardly ever. I love doin’ the Ipod Shuffle. It’s like Radio Free Dave, all Dave, all the time. My own personal radio station. I love the surprise element. I never know what song is going to come next. Sometimes the mixes are great, sometimes they can be a little jarring. But that’s the fun. As an example, here’s a list of the last 20 songs that I listened to in shuffle mode:
1. Pump It Up–Elvis Costello
2. What Love Can Do–Bruce Springsteen
3. Revolution Rock–The Clash
4. Suffragette City–David Bowie
5. It’s For You–Pat Metheny Group
6. Fantasy–Earth, Wind and Fire
7. Fly Away–Lenny Kravitz
8. I Can See For Miles–The Who
9. Breathe On Me–Ronnie Wood
10. Life On Mars–David Bowie
11. This Time Baby’s Gone For Good–Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes
12. Weather Channel–Sheryl Crow
13. Mystery Kids–Garland Jeffreys
14. The Wrong Thing To Do–Mudcrutch
15. Hey Julie–Fountains of Wayne
16. Darlington County–Bruce Springsteen
17. A Higher Place–Tom Petty
18. Don’t Count Me Out–Charlie
19. Another Nail In My Heart–Squeeze
20. Downstream–Supertramp

Do you own an iPod or similar portable music player? Do you always have it with you? Do you do the Shuffle?