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Bali Cockfight
Nov 16, 2006, 11:38 PM
I guess it's the easy access to my music that's making me bored with it. I have just over 3000 songs and I find myself skipping over songs frequently. Maybe I have to be in a mood to listen to my iPod but that's the reason I bought the iPod; add music to my life to fit whatever mood I am in.

*sigh*

Lately, I have just been listening to internet radio stations because I don't feel like pressing the skip button on my itunes or iPod.



bluebomberman
Nov 17, 2006, 01:05 AM
What I do is rate my songs and then build a smart playlist that contains only the top-rated songs. I'm guessing that at least half of those tracks are second-rate filler tracks from your ripped CDs. (For me, the ratio of great stuff to crap is somewhere between 1-in-5 to 1-in-3.)

mad jew
Nov 17, 2006, 01:37 AM
I know what you mean, it can be too much of a good thing. I find the same problem with all digital music because it's so easy to collect such large amounts of it and have it so readily accessible. I have 24,000 tracks in iTunes and still find myself getting a bit bored with it every now and then. :o

sofila
Nov 17, 2006, 03:24 AM
This is not happening to me (at the moment).
One good feature aboute large-sized players is that you can store on them very different kinds of music. Just for every mood you're in or for every moment of the day. So you can easily jump from Chopin to Tom Waits to Beach Boys depending on what you feel.
I remember in my younger days travelling across Europe with only a knapsack and a Sony Walkman. I had to choose 11 tapes to go with me for a month, and that was really an hard work!
Now I can appreciate much more what it means to have 100 different records just by the hand.
English is not my 1st or 2nd language, hope it's clear.

eXan
Nov 17, 2006, 03:31 AM
Do You Find Yourself Bored With Your Music Since Getting Your iPod?

Cant really say. I didnt have a lot of music before I got my 1st iPod and I didnt listened to music often before iPod :)

bartelby
Nov 17, 2006, 03:33 AM
My current iTunes library stands at 9,500 with upto 100 tracks added every week.

I do go throught periods of skipping lots of songs, but I put that down to indescision rather than boredom.

davidjearly
Nov 17, 2006, 07:05 AM
I guess it's the easy access to my music that's making me bored with it. I have just over 3000 songs and I find myself skipping over songs frequently. Maybe I have to be in a mood to listen to my iPod but that's the reason I bought the iPod; add music to my life to fit whatever mood I am in.

*sigh*

Lately, I have just been listening to internet radio stations because I don't feel like pressing the skip button on my itunes or iPod.

I have to say no, I'm afraid.

On the contrary, I find that my iPod helps me to listen to more than the same album over and over again. I can load it up and randomly select music that I haven't heard in ages. I love this.

Me and my iPod have a symbiotic relationship.

David

Kuska
Nov 17, 2006, 08:16 AM
I guess it's the easy access to my music that's making me bored with it. I have just over 3000 songs and I find myself skipping over songs frequently. Maybe I have to be in a mood to listen to my iPod but that's the reason I bought the iPod; add music to my life to fit whatever mood I am in.

*sigh*

Lately, I have just been listening to internet radio stations because I don't feel like pressing the skip button on my itunes or iPod.

....shuffling - I guess it's easy to quickly pick out your favourites on any album. I tend to find I then ignore the other tracks over time. It always surprises me when I shuffle tracks and discover stuff that I really like but had ignored previously. Found loads of great stuff this way!!:D

iGary
Nov 17, 2006, 08:18 AM
I need to use shuffling for sure.

Otherwise I listen to all 30 Rush albums over and over. :rolleyes:

barnacle
Nov 17, 2006, 09:13 AM
i have 3500 on the ipod, and i only loaded the best of type situation. and i do get just a tiny bit bored with my main playlist. but then i just make a new one. lately i find myself searching out a particular album. as long as the ipod keeps working, i love it.
anyone else notice that shuffle isn't a exact science? i swear i hear the same song a few times in an hour or two, out of a playlist of 400 and some.

Markleshark
Nov 17, 2006, 09:21 AM
Yeah. I also find this. I find standing back for a couple of seconds and going 'Hmmm, what do I fancy listening to tonight?' helps a bit, sometimes.

Queso
Nov 17, 2006, 09:38 AM
That's one thing I love about the nano. I have to think about what I put on it, so occasionally I take 20 minutes to remove stuff I've grown bored of and clear the space for something new.

PlaceofDis
Nov 17, 2006, 09:41 AM
My current iTunes library stands at 9,500 with upto 100 tracks added every week.

I do go throught periods of skipping lots of songs, but I put that down to indescision rather than boredom.

my library is just slightly larger and growing as well and i'm not so much bored when i skip tracks as either indecisive or being picky.

the top rated songs is a good idea. i have one of those playlists and its always a good listen.

in fact since getting an iPod my general interest in music has skyrocketed and i'm finding more and more i like in a greater diversity.

Tanglewood
Nov 17, 2006, 12:07 PM
I don't get bored with my music though I tend to only listen to the same 200 or so tracks out of the possible 13,000+ I have. Though when I am in the mood to hear irish drinking songs or bluegrass or The Presidents of the United States of America its there at my finger tips.

The thing that I find that I do less since having an iPod is making playlists in iTunes. Before I'd make a fairly good mixed CD for my car and listen to it for a few weeks and then make a new. With the iPod I normally just pick songs as I go instead of making a playlist. Though even then I normally just listen to new CDs I just bought or local FM radio while in the car.

puckhead193
Nov 17, 2006, 12:08 PM
yup! i'm always searching for new music to download

Killyp
Nov 17, 2006, 12:30 PM
I always find myself getting bored without music, I live off music.

That was before I got my 5.5G iPod, I never really used my iPod Mini that much as I could only fit an 8th of my music on it...

cecildk9999
Nov 17, 2006, 12:38 PM
That's one thing I love about the nano. I have to think about what I put on it, so occasionally I take 20 minutes to remove stuff I've grown bored of and clear the space for something new.

I feel the same way about my nano; dropping from a 20GB iPod to a 4GB nano, but having a 14GB library really makes me think about what I want to listen to, and has helped get me interested in my music again. Podcasts are starting to creep in, too, now that I've found some that I like. :p

Rojo
Nov 17, 2006, 02:03 PM
I'd have to say I'm more excited than ever about my music since getting the iPod.

I find it really helps to take the time and organize your music properly, adjusting the info for each song when needed, and having a variety of different playlist options available. I took a long, rainy weekend of last year to do this with the songs I already had. And now, the one thing I immediately do with any song/album I download or import is change the "genre" in the info setting (and year, if it's not accurate -- usually only a problem with "Best Of" albums or reissues). I find the pre-assigned genres given to songs way too limiting or incorrect, and I either change them to how *I* see them, or add more if I feel they fall within more than one genre. Then I also assign a "mood" to them, like HAPPY, LAID BACK, HARDCORE, ENERGETIC, SAD, STRANGE, PEACEFUL, or whatever.

And from there, I can then make hundreds of different smart playlists using any combination of one or more of those genre/mood keywords. So I literally have a playlist for any kind of mood I'm in. And since I didn't handpick the playlists myself, and I'm using the power of smart playlists to choose the songs for me, I'm often surprised by what I find sometimes (I of course ALWAYS have it on shuffle mode). So I'm getting songs to fit a particular mood I'm in, but not necessarily knowing which songs to expect -- it's a really cool way of listening to music.

Some more fun smart playlists to make are ones done by year. Pick the year of your graduation, and suddenly you're taken back to that time of your life. Or go back further to your childhood. Or just flashback to 2000.

Definitely take advantage of the power of iTunes' many features! And if you're STILL bored with your music, maybe it's time to just get more. Use the handy features of the iTunes Music Store and browse the "just for you" section (which recommends music based on previous purchases), or the even more useful "listeners also bought" feature -- which has made me discover dozens of new bands that I now consider some of my favorites.

savar
Nov 17, 2006, 02:06 PM
I understand your sentiment, but my suggestion to you is to pick out songs you are currently digging and put them into playlists.

I was never bored with my music when I had an iPod, specifically because I could immediately listen to just about any song that crossed my mind. Imagine if you could have any cuisine that you were craving instantly delivered to wherever you are. That would be ecstasy.

That's what the ipod is like for music.

My ipod was stolen though, and I have yet to replace it. (On principle, I can't pay $400 for the exact same thing I already bought last year. I'm waiting for the G6 ipod.)

Believe me, I am much more bored with my music now. I can only listen to what's on the radio (which is awful, particularly here in DC) or whatever of the 10-15 CDs I can fit in my car at once. If I have a craving for something, I have to wait until I get home, make a playlist, burn a CD, and then remember to take it with me when I go out to the car next. I don't have anything to listen to music at work. (We're not allowed media players on our laptops.)

Man I wish Apple would just make that new iPod already.

Edit:
Then I also assign a "mood" to them, like HAPPY, LAID BACK, HARDCORE, ENERGETIC, SAD, STRANGE, PEACEFUL, or whatever.

WOW! Great idea. I didn't know you could assign a mood -- is there an actual field to fill in named "Mood"?

sofila
Nov 17, 2006, 02:18 PM
I think Rojo is talking about the "genre" field, removing Rock Blues etc and placing Sad or whatever else. It's a beautiful idea.

bluebomberman
Nov 17, 2006, 02:19 PM
WOW! Great idea. I didn't know you could assign a mood -- is there an actual field to fill in named "Mood"?

I guess you can just use the Comments field.

EDIT: Actually, the Grouping field would be even better.

Rojo
Nov 17, 2006, 02:27 PM
Yep -- as sofila mentioned, I put everything within the genre field and then make smart playlists from that. "Grouping" or "comments" would work too. As long as you're consistent with where you place your keywords, and how you spell them (and try not to use more than one mood word that means basically the same thing).

If you categorize ALL your songs this way, then your listening experience becomes amazingly powerful. It can take forever to do this if your library is huge (like mine was) -- but I can guarantee you that it's worth it!!

balamw
Nov 17, 2006, 02:28 PM
I guess you can just use the Comments field.

EDIT: Actually, the Grouping field would be even better.
Build some smart playlists around either of those and you're golden.

I find the iPod has really rekindled my love of music, both the stuff I've had for years, and new stuff I discover by chance.

Like some of the others, "shuffle songs" and a smart playlist that brings a random selection of 3 of 4 start tracks I haven't heard in a while to the iPod makes for plenty of entertainment value.

That said, I mostly listen to podcasts on the iPod these days (~2 hours/day, with only 15-30 minutes of music thrown in for good measure.)

B

TheBusDriver
Nov 17, 2006, 02:28 PM
What I do is rate my songs and then build a smart playlist that contains only the top-rated songs. I'm guessing that at least half of those tracks are second-rate filler tracks from your ripped CDs. (For me, the ratio of great stuff to crap is somewhere between 1-in-5 to 1-in-3.)

llol Thats almost the same ratio of when a Bob Dylan song pops up when i'm on shuffle

Buschmaster
Nov 17, 2006, 02:29 PM
I do skip tracks sometimes, but just because of my mood...

If I always skipped a track, I'd delete it from my library.

That keeps my iPod Crack-A-Lackin'!

balamw
Nov 17, 2006, 02:40 PM
If I always skipped a track, I'd delete it from my library.

FWIW that's why the new "skip count" tag can come in handy... You could add "if skip count is less than 5" to smart playlists where you want stuff that you would less likely skip.

B

SMM
Nov 17, 2006, 02:41 PM
I actually make my playlists based by my mood at any given time. Some of mine are:

Acoustic Blues
Electric Chicago Blues
'60's acid rock
'70's rock
female vocals
classic strings
absolutely upbeat feel good crank it up
sombre reflective
etc

I like every song I own. So, it is just a matter of selecting whatever group I desire. No skipping involved.

howard
Nov 17, 2006, 06:41 PM
There is a strange phenomenon that occurs when using an ipod or itunes to listen to music if you are shuffling. If you start skipping you have to find a song that is better than all of the songs you have already skipped, and you know its out their cause you are skipping through the whole library. Eventually you go on a skipping frenzy hoping for the perfect song.

Not to mention we all are probably listening to a lot more music now and new things become older quicker.

I make very particular playlists to narrow my almost 4K playlist to 1-200 song lists. I have one that gives me new songs that I've been listening to lately. Set it to songs listened at least 3 times added to the last 3-6 months (adjust so the playlist is a decent 100, 150 songs). Another is my neglected playlists, songs that are 4 or more stars but not listened to in 6-8 months (again adjust to get a good 100 song list). Another that bridges the gap is any song rated 4 or more stars but only listed to 6-10 times or less. This gives you songs that you like, recent or old, that you might want to listen to more.

backsidetailsli
Nov 17, 2006, 06:58 PM
i do get bored and i do skip songs. but there are also songs that i can listen to forever. i dont think my ipod has effectd this

nitynate
Nov 17, 2006, 08:24 PM
English is not my 1st or 2nd language, hope it's clear.

Wow! You are learning great! Clear as a glass window! :D

Phuz01
Nov 18, 2006, 04:53 PM
The iPod was the best thing to ever happen to my music collection. When you have nearly 1,500 CDs, and only a Diskman and 5-CD changer, you don't get to randomly sample your music nearly as well as you do with the iPod. However, getting the most out of your iPod requires organization of each track and your use of playlists, both in iTunes and with On-The-Go on your iPod.

I have 23,000 songs in my iTunes library and 16,000 songs on my iPod. Through the use of playlists by musical genre, artist, or other factor (Guilty Pleasures, which I label in the iTunes Grouping field, for example) I can always find something that fits my mood. If I need to wake up, I'll put on a list filled with aggressive dance tracks. If I want to mellow out, I'll put on some classical or Pink Floyd.

And if I'm not sure how I feel, I put the iPod on Shuffle (by album), and just let it play. If I hit a song that I know I won't want to hear again, I rate it with 1 star. I manually manage my iPod so it only loads playlists. All my playlists are set to remove songs with 1 star, and I have a Blacklist playlist of 1-star songs on iTunes that I can occasionally review if I want to reinstate anything I may have removed in haste. And with iTunes 7, I've also put in a Skip blacklist - if I skip a song more than 5 times, it gets taken off my iPod and goes into the Blacklist. If it's something I skipped because I just didn't want to hear it at the time, but I don't want it off my iPod, I'll reset the skip count in iTunes.

While this has taken a lot of thought and work with both iTunes and my iPod, the end result is that I always have music with me that I want to hear, and I can easily access whatever best suits my current mood. I've never enjoyed my music collection more, and I cannot ever imagine living without my iPod now.

mannix87
Nov 19, 2006, 02:25 AM
in fact since getting an iPod my general interest in music has skyrocketed and i'm finding more and more i like in a greater diversity.


Ditto here. although my interest in music has always been high, I think the iPod has opened up more doors that I would have come across on my own if it did not come into existence.

belair
Nov 19, 2006, 07:21 AM
I find myself scrolling trough my album covers almost every day and I am totally bored with it.
With itunes I look trough my whole collection every day wich I would never have done in my CD days.

The thing that works for me now is that I put itunes on shuffle, I skip a song here and there and when a song pops up that fits my mood I stop shuffling and listen to the full album.

Meh, it works for me I guess.

milo
Nov 20, 2006, 04:16 PM
I'm way less bored since getting an iPod.

I use shuffle with smart playlists that bump out songs I've heard recently and songs I've skipped recently. They get allowed back in the mix after a few months.

Love it.

theblotted
Nov 23, 2006, 05:03 AM
i love music even more now.

but my miniPod has defintely helped me weed out songs i "kinda" liked, since i only got 4GB of space.

archurban
Nov 23, 2006, 05:59 AM
not really. frankly it gives me more a love of music. songs have been increased every month. now, my ipod video 60GB is almost full with around 6880 songs, hundreds of videos. so do I keep these songs in my itunes library? NO. my itunes is only running with recent songs, albums. it's got about 3000 songs so far. but they're almost later the year of 2005 to today. the reason is that I am really getting tired of old music very quickly, and continue to explore new music. so after certain period of recycling, about 50% of songs go to ipod video, and external HD.

I created tons of smart playlists from artists, albums, music videos to shuffle playlist, nano playlist, workout, chill mood, blue monday... on itunes. because when you have tons of music, you don't want to type every artist for finding through search bar. just go down to smart playlist. it's more easier to me. plus, if some albums or songs don't have any specific category like Mercedes Benz mixed tape series, just create new playlist in order not to confuse with others.

iSaint
Nov 23, 2006, 08:11 AM
With 4,600 songs I find myself listening to my favorite stuff over and over. Usually I go through phases, though, and listen to a particular artist for several weeks. It's fun to find old stuff and play it for my students or friends who haven't heard certain songs in a long time.