When I first heard about iTunes, paying for music as opposed to stealing it via Napster, seemed absolutely ridiculous. Then I received my first iPod. It was small, shiny, and glorious. I thought about my vast library of songs and how much I would have to pay if I wanted to be able to listen to them on the iPod. I would have to download all of them again. What a pain! But ugh, there was no way I could justify enjoying that music for free if it meant I needed to carry around my clunky old discman.
So I caved. I acquired my music through legal means and I rebuilt my music library one 99-cent song at a time. And who needs three Creed albums? Nobody. iTunes has taught me a lot about life. It has evolved right along with me. Here are five life lessons I learned from iTunes.
1. You get what you pay for.
Before iTunes, I was used to my favorite songs sounding like crap. I didn’t even notice the uneven bass, the volume difference between each song, and the occasional cracks in the music. But oh, that’s because they were free. And someone’s version of someone else’s recorded copy. Some things are just worth investing in, and quality music is one of them.
iTunes is available on all Apple devices, which are also good investments. MacMall has the best prices around on Apple products, and don’t forget to use a MacMall promo code to make that investment 100% guilt-free!
2. Impatience is a perfectly acceptable trait.
The release date of a new album is a decision made carefully by the music label. I get that. But sometimes waiting for that release date is torture, and 30 seconds of the first single is simply not enough. Enter “pre order” option. You can click this button and instantly feel relieved that the moment the album becomes available, you will have it in your possession.
Also, good news for my fellow West Coasters. iTunes is apparently on Eastern Time, because I’m always able to download a new album the night before it’s scheduled to come out. I know this because I’ve hit refresh several times, waiting for the purchase button to change.
3. If you’re unsure if you’ll like an album, buy the single first.
I have so many CD’s that were purchased because of my love for one song. And some albums are just not as good as the single that makes them a success. Before you jump in the lake, stick your toe in and test it out. You’ll avoid a lot of muck that way.
4. Life is better with a soundtrack.
Playlists are the modern version of mixed tapes, and they’ve gotten me through some of the best and worst times of my life. I have playlists made for very specific events too. There’s no way I could’ve run a half marathon without the help of Limp Bizkit AND Kanye West. I even have playlists for when I read, for when I need a good cry, for when I’m camping, getting ready in the morning, bath time, walking my dog, etc. Music can give you exactly what you need at any given moment.
5. If you keep skipping a song, it’s time to delete it from your playlist.
If there’s something or someone in your life that you regularly try to avoid, it’s time to pull the plug. Life is short. There’s no need to surround yourself with people or things that bring you down. Same goes for music. Deleting a song from a playlist isn’t a permanent shun, unless you want it to be. You can always add it back into the mix later if you choose to do so.