★ Less music, more listening.

If you’ve spent 2 minutes on Facebook over the last week, you’ll probably have noticed that Spotify is now available in Belgium. Sweet. Since I’ve been trying to get Spotify working (and been trying to pay for it) for over a year, I was very happy to seem them arrive in Belgium.

With Spotify, we now have an absolute abundance of music at our fingertips and discovering new bands has never been so easy (use Spotify’s radio or artist radio function for that). And with all that music readily available, did I really need to keep my iTunes library on MacBook’s hard drive? Moving it to an external drive would free up about 40 gigs of hard drive space, which is a lot considering the 120gb drive I’m using in this machine. Next thought in line: with all the music Spotify offers, did I really need to keep all this other music?

So, the plan was to create a new iTunes library and only import of selection of the music I previously had. But (here it comes)?In an attempt to make an extra backup of my current library, I overwrote the first backup with an empty folder. Smart move jackass. And since I performed these steps with a couple of hours/days in between them, downloading a backup wasn’t an option because the changes had already synced to the cloud.

Hold on, I’m getting to what this post is actually about.

In a final attempt to get my music back, I connected my iPod classic and threw several tools at it, all without avail. The only thing iTunes would let me do, was transfer my purchases and do a format. Which I did.

So now I only have the music I purchased through iTunes, not the stuff I ripped from cd and acquired elsewhere. 450 sings. When I got home from work today (a day later), I was getting ready so spend the entire evening importing and ripping cps when I realized something. I hadn’t listened 95% of those 450 songs for a very very long time and by adding tons of other music, I was just going to forget about them again.

So. The plan is to listening to each song at least once. Off course, I’ll still use Spotify, but my iPod is synced to iTunes, so that’s the only music I’ll have on the go. (don’t use my iPhone for music) And when I’m tired of this limited amount of songs, then I’ll start ripping cd’s again.