||[Apr. 4th, 2005|11:39 pm]
I finally gave in and decided to become stylish with an iPod. Actually one of the nifty black and red ones. I also got an airport express, and I've almost finished ripping my entire CD collection (~120 cds or so) into itunes after only 2 evenings of watching movies or doing other stuff and waiting for the machine to ask for another CD. iTunes has some very impressive multithreading operations going on, I've only lost responsiveness when I'm syncing an ipod, importing an mp3, and playing an mp3 at the same time.
As down as I am on most of the UI decisions in Mac OS, I'm really happy with what they've done for music organization. The iTunes application is really impressive, and its integration with the iPod and the Airport are extreemly nice. Indeed, the biggest problem I had was related to the Airport not wanting to be configured from a windows machine (so I used my Powerbook). Too bad they don't have iTunes for Linux of course.
Why the sudden change? I finally got tired of having to rearrange CDs to take with me on the many plane trips I've been taking recently, and the music mix in my car has gotten me down (not enough variety, difficulty switching CDs, and radio stations aren't much better plus they have commercials). So I'll get a dock for the iPod in the car and that problem will be solved.
I can only think of 2 immediate desires for the system:
- A RAID storage array for the main iTunes host (I can probably provide this without an apple solution, of course), and the ability for slave iTunes hosts to do more than just play the playlist (full R/W operations).
- More importantly, a handheld remote for the AirPort express interface instead of a laptop or desktop.
The later I suspect could be sovled just by giving an iPod WiFi, but really I want something that doesn't have to spend battery power on the disk and on decoding-- just a remote control with an iTunes interface that would slave to the main server, then broadcast to the appropriate airport express.
I was also stunned to see that the airport express has some features I've found lacking on typical wireless routers, like, say a bridge mode (though requiring you to have a static IP for this is somewhat lame).
Now I need to figure out the best way to organize all of these songs into playlists, but I suspect that is more evolutionary.