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Why Didn't I Think of That Earlier?

So I put together a nice, long list of songs by their beats per minute, meaning to make a new workout CD.

And then my CD/DVD drive on the Mac died. Or the Mac lost track of it. Or something. It's very annoying, because it's an iMac, and I don't even have the option of popping the top and messing around with the cable to see whether that fixes it.

I was so bummed!

And then I had a sudden inspiration the other day. Why not make a new playlist on YouTube? D'oh! And so cho-chan enters the intartubes age!

So I just did that. Thirty songs, starting around 100 bpm and going up to around 155 bpm, then back down again. It's not a perfect solution - I was just playing through it for heck of it, and Springsteen's "Badlands" (a live version) just ground to a halt - but it's a lot better than nothing.

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smillaraaq
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
If the computer is close enough to play music on while exercising, can't you just set up a playlist in whatever music player software you already use, too? Or do you just not have all/most of your CDs converted to MP3 yet?
chomiji
Sep. 16th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)

Hah! I have like none of my CDs coverted to MP3s! Yeah, that was another project that was going to take off when The Young Lady went away to college. She and her best friends borrowed at least two thirds of my CD collection at various times to load their iPods (my selection of Greatest Hits albums from classic rock groups makes that a very tempting proposition if that's the kind of music you like), but I have done next to none of it.

I used the playlist I made this morning: "Heart of Glass" (Blondie) as warm-up, then "YMCA," "Jessie's Girl," "It's Raining Men" (excellent for high-intensity), and cool-down to Death Cab for Cutie's "Crooked Teeth." (I think there was one more in the middle, but now I don't remember which it was.)

smillaraaq
Sep. 16th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, if the kids have already ripped a ton of them, you shouldn't have to repeat all the work that's already been done -- snagging the MP3s done by her friends might not be so feasible, but surely you can at least copy some of the files the next time the YL is home on break? Believe me, copying files that have already been ripped, even if there's a ton of them, is sooooo much faster than reripping CDs from scratch -- I've been slowly ripping my massive collection for a couple of years now, and archiving/centralizing the existing files when I got the portable drive was just *nothing* in comparison. :)
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