Tag Archives: iTunes

Life in 4:16

Radio Lab is the best radio show you aren’t listening too. It’s on NPR. It’s on iTunes. It’s got a Web site. Just find a way to listen to it.

My cousin Pete pointed me to this episode, in which a filmmaker tells the story of life – or life’s moments – in 4:16 seconds. Pete’s favorite moment was the kickball scene a minute in. I love that too, but mine is the girl crying at 3:20.

What’s yours?

Amazon Over Apple

It’s a musical day here at Meanderings. Amazon is selling the 3rd best album of last year – For Emma, Forever Again, by Bon Iver – for five bucks. You should go buy it.

This reminds me of a public service announcement I’ve been meaning to make: the Amazon MP3 store kicks the iTunes Store’s digital ass in every way. There’s no DRM, it downloads straight into iTunes or whatever you WANT to use, and more often than not, it’s cheaper. They have great deals like this, but more generally, you’ll probably save a buck or two per album: if you bought the three non-Michael Jackson albums on iTunes’ Top Ten (Black Eyed Peas, Regina Spektor, and the Transformers soundtrack) on Amazon, you’d save 10 bucks.

Make the switch.

Why yes, iTunes, I was looking for Young Jeezy

The Millions found the phrases that are auto-completed when typing each letter of the alphabet into Amazon’s search box. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” beat out the original.

It inspired me to waste time by doing the same for iTunes, while wasting further time watching this video of John Hodgman finding flaws in Obama’s nerdiness (“Do you happen to remember, sir, what was the name of the god that Conan the Barbarian worshipped?”). I stuck to just the top artists, and came across a few things worth noting: Michael Jackson wins both his initials (but would he have a week ago?), you should start your band’s name with a D or an O, and Jackson, Queen, and U2 are the only artists that were playing music in the 80s.


A – Akon
B – Beyonce
C- Coldplay
D – Spirit – Deluxe Edition (Leona Lewis’ album; no artists in the ten items listed)
E – Eminem
F- Flo Rida
G – Green Day
H – Hannah Montana
I – T.I.
J – Michael Jackson
K – Kanye West
L – Linkin Park
M – Michael Jackson
N – Nickelback
O – Twilight – Original Soundtrack (See “D”)
P – P!nk
Q – Queen
R – Rascal Flatts
S – Sean Kingston
T- Taylor Swift
U – U2
V – The Veronicas
W – Weird Al Yankovic
Y – Young Jeezy
Z – Zac Brown Band