Wednesday, August 08, 2007
A particular history of music
Once upon a time, I got my first MP3 player. It was a Rio One, and it came with RealPlayer software. This device was married to the RealPlayer, and could not function without it. I recorded lots and lots of music, which took a long time, because this program took forever, possibly because I still had dial-up. Then, the battery door broke. See the little trap door on the bottom right? Broke. I had to tape the batteries in. It made changing batteries inconvenient, since I always had to replace the strapping tape, too.
Then, I got a new MP3 player, an RCA Lyra. This time, my player had to function with MusicMatch Jukebox. I hate MusicMatch. Even after paying for extra technical assistance, the program was slow as molasses and would freeze up every other time I attempted to record something. It took ALL the patience I had. This player was nifty, though, until the volume control button, which is not visible in this picture, busted. First, I poked around on enough forums to know that this was a common problem, then I joined a defunct yahoo group just to obtain a program that would allow me to set the volume somewhere in the middle, permanently. This got old; there is no one volume for outdoors, vacuuming, and the treadmill. So, I got a Koss in-line volume control extension and discovered that it ate batteries very quickly. And I still hated Musicmatch.
This is my new player. It's delightfully simple. It doesn't come with software. So, I am using the RealPlayer to record, and using Windows Explorer to transfer music to this player, drag and drop-style. This version of the RealPlayer is very different than the one I started with, and it would actually support both of my previous players now, but not my new one. That's fine. However, I have discovered that the first files I ever recorded, using an earlier version of the RealPlayer, cannot be transfered onto my latest player. It seems that at the time, they were regarded as protected content. So, I am recording them all over again. Thankfully, this is going swimmingly.
Three's a charm, sometimes. Happy Wednesday!!