19 October 2006

The Urge, and How to Get It . . .

Occaisionally I get early adopter fever.

I've downloaded the latest build of Vista, and plan on placing it on a currently unused hard drive and create a dual-boot system.

Windows Media Player 11 is in a beta now as well. This seems to be the version that they want to be compatible with IE7 and Vista. The new look is clean, the interface seems to work pretty well, and they are pushing their joint project with Viacom URGE.com.

I've signed up for the 14 day free trial and so far, I'm actually kind of liking it.

I'm as surprised as you are.

MTV/VH-1/CMT are heavily branded on URGE and those aren't brands that say good taste in music to me anymore.

But, so far I like what I'm hearing, and what it gives me access to. It's similar to Napster.com in that for a flat fee you can listen to songs, even download them to your computer, and if you pay a little more, download them to compatible devices. When Microsoft the Zune this would seem to be how they expect you to get content on their devices.

This is supposed to be their Apple killer. It ain't there yet, but it does work pretty well, looks clean and has some decent (though too few) radio stations.

Also the way they organize the music is pretty intuitive, which is a bit of a surprise for Viacom/Microsoft frankly.

Plus, the playlists are pretty fun. Here's an example of two.

Must-Haves: Bubblegum, a list that surely would please Prof. Althouse (she's often professed great love for this stuff)

14 songs from four different decades, and cheesy and bubblegummy enough to make you smile or make you run.

The list

1. Sugar Sugar, The Archies
2. I Think We're Alone Now, Tommy James & the Shondells
3. Dizzy, Tommy Roe
4. I'm A Believer, The Monkees
5. ABC, The Jackson 5
6. I Think I Love You, Partridge Family
7. Saturday Night, Bay City Rollers
8. Little Willy, Sweet
9. We Got The Beat, The Go-Go's
10 I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow
11. I Think We're Alone Now, Tiffany
12. MMMBop, Hanson
13. Wannabe, Spice Girls
14. ...Baby One More Time, Britney Spears

It's a good overview of bubblegum, arranged chronologically.

The other list that I like is a Prince themed list called Prince Under Cover. It's got Prince covers that I wasn't aware of, plus the ones that everyone knows.

1. I Feel For You, Chaka Khan
2. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor
3. When Doves Cry, Patti Smith
4. Thieves In The Temple, Herbie Hancock
5. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?, Stephanie Mills
6. When You Were Mine, Cyndi Lauper
7. Rasberry Beret, Warren Zevon and the Hindu Love Gods
8. Purple Rain, Phish
9. Manic Monday, The Bangles
10. If I Was Your Girlfriend, TLC
11. Kiss, Tom Jones
12. The Beautiful Ones, Mariah Carey and Dru Hill
13. Down With Prince, Hot Chip


reader_iam said...

OK. How deeply troubled do you think I should be that of the list, I have all but two of them?

Does it help that of the second list, I have about half (though, as for Prince doing himself, I think we're pretty complete):

I myself am not sure it balances out.

reader_iam said...

LOL. That "Prince doing himself" phrasing is rather unfortunate, dontcha think?

XWL said...

First, you shouldn't be troubled.

Second, speaking of being troubled and Prince, howabout this little story