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NYTimes: Can an MP3 Glutton Savor a Tune?

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2003
News Categories: Digital Media

Rogier Van Bakel writes an interesting article about the consumption of music, be it MP3 or CDs.

“But with so much worthwhile music pouring into my computer and from there into my iPod, none of it seems quite as long-lasting or momentous as the old tunes. I’ll come across sets of MP3’s I have no recollection of having downloaded just weeks earlier. Such forgetfulness would surely turn into full-blown musical amnesia if I used free illicit services like Grokster, KaZaA or Morpheus, where the repertory is many times bigger than that of any fee-based MP3 site and where my musical greed would go dangerously unchecked.”

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Comments

1

I think it’s always been the case that the music you know in your youth remains more special and meaningful to you for the rest of your life. For my parents, it was the swing music of the 40s. For me, it was the Beatles and the folk music of the 60s. I don’t think it has anything to do with music being more or less available.

Posted by lesliet on July 17, 2003 at 3:04 AM (PDT)

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What a #####.  You remember good music no matter what.  If you don’t remember the really exceptional stuff you got, even a couple of weeks ago, you need to do some memory exercises

Posted by tetro on July 17, 2003 at 9:24 AM (PDT)

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Whether you listen to music on MP3 or CD or Radio, doesn’t really matter.  I know people who have so many CDs that they can’t remember all the music either.

There are people who like to listen to a lot of different music.  There are those who can only tolerate listening to a limited amount of music that they can remember.

I think it’s kind of nice to forget music and rediscover it.  It’s sort of like watching a re-run on TV that you know you have seen, but can’t quite remember how the show ends.

Posted by Anonymous on July 18, 2003 at 4:01 PM (PDT)

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