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Tuesday, October 03, 2021

covered with art
I already mentioned that I loaded up iTunes 7. It’s not like I was waiting fervently for a new full version of the software; if it wasn’t a required upgrade for me to load up Pac-Man on my iPod, I probably wouldn’t have bothered with it.

But since I upgraded, I’ve been toying with the various new cosmetic features. One of those is Get Album Art, a utility that syncs your own music library with Apple’s servers to insert the now-common jpg cover art from a song’s (presumably) original label release. For someone whose digital music library includes a ton of MP3s ripped years ago, before tags were fully thought-out, it’s a great way to flesh out song files. It’s especially useful for playback on the iPod, as there’s now something colorful to look at (however briefly) while the song blares into your ears.

Improbably, adding the artwork to those old MP3 files somehow makes those song, which I’ve heard a few thousand times, seem new again. I realize they’re the same old tunes, and that the addition of an image does nothing to enhance them. Yet on some mental comprehensive level, it does.

That leads to a bigger consideration: Will this iTunes function lead to a new appreciation for the album cover as a part of the musical experience? Starting with the rise of cassettes as a new-release format, and following through to the compact disc era, traditionalists lamented the shrinking of the visuals on album covers. Where there was once a 12-by-12 inch square of slick-stock canvas to fill with photos, paintings, drawings, etc., the miniaturization of music media left less room for this visual component. When digital files came to the fore, it seemed that the final nail in the coffin for album art had arrived.

Now, the widespread use of iTunes as a media player could reverse that trend. Cover art, attainable more or less automatically (yes, the syncing with Apple’s service is far from perfect), could bring back the focus on the visual wrapper.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/03/2021 06:24:12 PM
Category: Pop Culture, iPod
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wet linesThe latest skinny-can energy drink to hit the street is sparking all the controversy that a brand-name like “Cocaine” is purposefully intended to generate.

But considering what lurks inside that can:

The beverage is a competitor with so-called energy drinks like Red Bull. According to the Cocaine site (drinkcocaine.com), the beverage, sold in 8.4-ounce cans, has three times more caffeine per ounce than Red Bull and similar beverages like Rockstar Juiced, Full Throttle, Monster Energy and Bawls.

I’d say that, ironically, it’s probably safer to consume real cocaine than to pollute yourself with this ultra-caffeinated concoction.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/03/2021 01:44:03 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Food
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