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First album released on iPod shuffle

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, March 17, 2005
News Categories: iPod shuffle

Los Angeles-based “alterna-pop” band Sexohol today released their debut album, “Enjoy,” on Apple’s iPod shuffle. The “Enjoy” iPod shuffle comes pre-loaded with 12 songs from the band’s album. It’s available in both versions of the device — 512MB ($109) and 1GB ($159). “Enjoy” will be released on CD in late April.

“It’s only a matter of time before other bands use iPod shuffle as a distribution method or promotional item,” said Sexohol co-lead singer and bassist, Golden Delicious. “With our tradition of innovation, we thought it important to be first. And we’ve left plenty of room for songs by other visionary artists like The Beatles, Trent Reznor, or Weird Al.”

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1

But there’s no way to keep the music on your computer is there?  Or is it saved in the hard drive?  It’s a neat gimmick but like the rumors before the U2 iPod came out about all of U2’s music being pre-loaded, unless there’s a way to get the songs onto your computer you’re only going to have them until you hit autofill and accidently have the replace songs option clicked.

Posted by Jazzlawyer in Kelowna, BC Canada on March 17, 2005 at 10:35 AM (PDT)

2

Um, exactly. Distributing your new album via the iPod shuffle is a pretty bad idea, considering that the iPod Shuffle MUST be linked to a music library and as soon as you plug it into a machine, that machine will overwrite the entire iPod Shuffle with songs from the hard drive.  The entire album’s worth of songs can NOT be transfered over to the machine.  Unless they put their songs in the “data portion” of the iPod Shuffle, as well.

Posted by Scott Rose on March 17, 2005 at 10:59 AM (PDT)

3

well you can always use a 3rd party software to extract the songs.

Posted by yoelnino on March 17, 2005 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

4

That’s a great point, Jazzlawyer, and odds are in their rush to be the first band to release an album on a shuffle, Sexohol probably didn’t even give this point any thought.  Odds are, this gimmic will raise public awareness of the band, but I doubt they sell that many in this innovative format. 

That being siad, there are many different software programs out there that help you reverse the process, allowing you to take music from your ipod device and move it to your PC / Mac.  These programs are mentioned throughout the forums of ipodlounge. 

Posted by calvinkronenberg in usa on March 17, 2005 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

5

Whoa whoa whoa.  I think something we’re all forgetting here is this “Sexohol” or someone.  That idea that someone might buy their album first on an iPod shuffle is almost insane to me.  Think about it—when it comes out in stores, if anyone actually cares to pick it up, it’ll be 11.99 vs. 109!!!! on the iPod shuffle.  Point being, I hardly think there is a “rush to be the first band to release an album on shuffle.” 

Posted by Gatsby003 in New York on March 17, 2005 at 11:10 AM (PDT)

6

yeah but at least if you don’t like the band you still have a sweet shuffle. I guess that is one positive way to look at it.

Posted by yoelnino on March 17, 2005 at 11:25 AM (PDT)

7

gee, i thought perhaps someone was taking the piss…

Posted by FLAmous in Aotearoa on March 17, 2005 at 11:29 AM (PDT)

8

according to their website, they tell people to not manage their playlists automatically, and therefore they can add and delete songs manually to the iPod.

Furthermore, they say if you accidentally do set it up to automatically update that you can shoot them an e-mail and they will get the songs back to you.

Posted by myrr_allinc on March 17, 2005 at 12:10 PM (PDT)

9

http://www.xlrecordings.com/features/mia/ipod/

Posted by trav in north america on March 17, 2005 at 12:12 PM (PDT)

10

additionally…

Double-click on it and you will see a folder labeled “Enjoy!” Drag this folder into your iTunes library. Once the songs have been copied into your iTunes library, you may now add any songs to Enjoy!

Sounds like you can get these songs of of the iPod?

Posted by myrr_allinc on March 17, 2005 at 12:14 PM (PDT)

11

They HAVE thought ahead and included the songs twice on the iPod—once in the data section which library-synching does not affect.

Posted by Nagromme on March 17, 2005 at 12:32 PM (PDT)

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