Posts Tagged ‘iPod’


The announcement, on October 25, 2010 that Sony would be discontinuing the production of Walkmans was met by a lot of nostalgia and surprise. Some people had already thought the Walkman was dead. To be honest, I wouldn’t blame them for thinking that way especially with how digital music players, namely the iPod, have taken over our world. In fact, many lists highlighted the iPod as the invention that changed the world of music in the 2000s. I, for one, am going to miss the Walkman.

Sony Walkman WM A602

Sony Walkman WM A602 Image via Wikipedia

I even wrote a long post for this during the summer about my affinity for the tech stuff I used growing up. You can find it here.  Both items are considered to be revolutionary in terms of how we listen to our music and have shaped the music industry and the definition of what songs are hits or flops. Since the introduction of the iPod, for example, the biggest indicator has become the download rate for a song or how many copies an album sells on iTunes.

Still the Walkman did leave its impact on the world, giving music enthusiasts a chance to take their music with them wherever they went.

This does not mean, however, that we should be in mourning.  This is because Apple have unveiled the newest generations of iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod touch, and they look amazing. It’s hard to imagine that they have only been around for 9 years, because it sure feels like forever.  (more…)

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Freddie Mercury

I’ll admit, it took me quite a while to get into Queen‘s music, even though “We Will Rock You” has been on my iPod for God knows how long. This summer, I’ve finally taken a liking to their music and for this post, I’ve chosen to share their 1981 hit song, Under Pressure.

You may recognize its bassline from a popular  90’s (though not as classic) song by the name of Ice, Ice, Baby (yes that one), but other than that, the two songs have nothing in common.

Under Pressure features David Bowie on vocals, marking his first ever collaboration, and his presence on the track can be really heard because of the way his vocals contrast with Freddie Mercury‘s high pitched and ever-so distinct sound.

A timeless track indeed, you can’t help but sing along to the opening verses (and basically, that’s what got the song stuck in my head) and the rest of the song’s lyrics are equally as striking.

It may not be Bohemian Rhapsody but Under Pressure should be given the attention it deserves as some new fans rarely pay attention to it, unless they’re like me, and have read about the controversy over the bassline that I mentioned above.

I’ll let you be the judge of things, because like always, here’s the video (sans Bowie, because that’s the clearest version I could find)


https://i2.wp.com/media.threadless.com/product/1397/zoom.gifI found this image while using Stumbleupon and I couldn’t but share it with you, especially that I have been thinking about writing a post on the “death” of cassettes and CDs thanks to the widespread popularity of iPods and mp3 players for a while now.

I remember about 10 years ago, I used to be the proud owner of a pink-red Sony Walkman on which I used to play all my Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and other pop group cassettes on. Though it was bulky in comparison to my current choice of music player (an iPod nano 3rd generation), I used to carry it everywhere I went, with a spare tape in tow, just in case I got bored of listening to the same thing over and over again.

And even though, in my early teenage years, I transitioned to the CD player, I still obsessively made mix tapes. It was always a matter of waiting for Radio One to play the latest song stuck in my head and rushing to record it, then playing then over and over again. The last time I made a mix-tape, it was in 2004, meaning I was 13 years old, and I only abandoned the practice because I started ordering custom-made mix CDs from a nearby shop. That would soon be followed by buying a first generation iPod shuffle, discovering downloading, replacing the shuffle with a 2nd generation iPod nano, then having to replace it with the current one I have when it would no longer function.That was a sad day, because I had not backed up the 500 or so songs I had, and had to download everything all over again. (more…)


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That's where I am right now

Hello Everyone! 😀

This is just a really quick post to update you readers on my whereabouts.

As you probably noticed, Tom has been taking care of TnT while I was busy finishing up my summer courses, packing, and getting safely to my other house in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

That’s where I am now and will be for the next month. But don’t worry, I will be blogging more often (whether you like it or not :P) about all things random, music, and probably some TV shows that I will be watching in this “break.”

I had a great flight aboard Middle Eastern Airlines (MEA), even though the plane was small and my claustrophobic tendencies started to kick in. The service was absolutely great- I really had no idea flight attendants could be so nice based on my previous experiences. The movie selection was very limited and the screen that happened to be in front of me was blurry so I switched on my iPod and listened to my regular playlist. But otherwise, it as a smooth flight.

Of course, in true Lebanese fashion, the minute we were on Saudi ground, almost everyone turned on their cellphones and Blackberrys, and hence the *dings* started. Let’s just say it’s a miracle the passenger that was sitting in front of me is still alive.

Then it was time to get through passport-control and baggage claim. We had to wait for around 30 minutes for the baggage to arrive, then wait for it be scanned. I was sort of worried because I was “smuggling” in two magazines that contained beer and girl ads which are a no-no here. Its safe to say that they’re still hidden somewhere in my laptop bag.

And after half an hour in the taxi, I finally got home and the night has just begun!

Thank you for everyone for helping us achieve a record of 2000 (yes, two thousand) views in just one month.

Please keep checking back because we plan on upgrading our content and topics as our readership grows.

Best Wishes,

Tal

PS: The internet connection speed is amazing! Ha ha!

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