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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Musical selection

  • I upgraded my mp3 player recently for a new one. I had hit the limit for how many songs I could store on the old one, so if I wanted to add any more music, it meant it was time for a change.
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  • I upgraded my mp3 player recently for a new one. I had hit the limit for how many songs I could store on the old one, so if I wanted to add any more music, it meant it was time for a change.
    The up side to this is now I have four times the memory I used to have for songs.
    The down side is the way songs are stored on this new mp3 player drives me crazy.
    Other than three, unlabeled “playlists on the go,” there is no way to organize songs into playlists.
    My excitement of having a quick way of playing only 80s music, showtunes, Disney, swing, Irish, etc., quickly died with that realization.
    I can use the pre-set “playlists on the go,” but am limited to a grand total of three. Which makes me wonder, which of my musical genres do I most want organized together? Answer: Enough that I can’t narrow it down to three.
    To be fair, my old mp3 player had a hiccup and no longer allowed me to organize playlists either.
    But it had other advantages. For one thing, if I wanted to find a song that started with an “n,” for example, that old player would scroll through the alphabet with impressive speed.
    There’s no speed scrolling on the new player, which makes it a little tough when you have to scroll through 400 songs to get to the one you want.
    For another, if I wanted to listen to an artist on the old player, I just found the artist and it would play all their music. The new one does not have this option. If I want to play all of the music by an artist, I have to manually switch back and forth to the different songs.
    Bummer.
    I’ve about resigned myself to making CDs in place of playlists. I put my new mp3 player on random mode and just think of it as my own personal radio station. Only better than a radio station because there are no commercials and if I don’t want to listen to a song, I can skip it. (I like all of my music, naturally, but that doesn’t mean I want to hear “With a Little Bit of Luck” every time it plays.)
    Could be worse, really. Where else do I find something that switches back and forth between country, oldies, showtunes, swing, Disney, Christian, pop, rock, 80s, Irish, folk, and whatever else I have in my collection?

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