Following a lifelong pattern of only adopting new technologies, or trading up, when I no longer have a choice, I finally broke down last week, at the inexorable prospect of another birthday, and gifted myself with a potentially life-changing item: a 160GB iPod Classic. No more carefully selecting which tracks ot albums get transferred to the Pod at every plug-in. Entertainment self-containment at its finest.
Of course, the possibility of carrying your entire music collection around in your coat pocket makes organization and ease of access on the device critically important. Scrolling through the entire "artists" list every time you want to find something comes perilously close to defeating the purpose entirely. And because some (well, one) of my regular readers has expressed puzzlement as to what Playlists and Playlist Folders are good for, anyway, I've prepared an instructive illustration. (Click to view life size.)
Nice notice in The Independent: "This is music to which people will be listening in 100 years' time..."