Ripping through the past

“Why are they doing this?” I asked myself when I first read about Amazon’s Auto-Rip. It became obvious quickly enough: they want me to sign up for their Cloud Player’s premium service at twenty-five bucks a year. But how much do I, personally, have that’s Auto-Rippable?

While I loaded up the Player to find this out, I found this caution:

Auto-Rip goes back to purchases made in 1998, and the late ’90s and early 2000s are pretty close to the Golden Era of Terrible Musical Decisions. We didn’t just badly photoshop Celine Dion into The Shining because it was funny: 1998 was when “My Heart Will Go On” shattered chart records and somehow drove Celine Dion to stop eating. There are a lot of people who never want to admit that they bought that album, but once it falls to Auto-Rip, they’ll get a reminder when they least expect it.

Think about all the CDs you bought. All the crappy Top 40 bands where you bought the album because you couldn’t get the song out of your head. All the gifts you bought for teenage nieces and loving grandmothers. All the cassette replacements for your dad who just would not stop listening to the f*cking Eagles.

For the curious, the oldest item I have in my new 366-track bounty is Worldes Blysse, the second album by Mediæval Bæbes, acquired in September 1999. I am not the least bit embarrassed by it — or, for that matter, by the Shaggs’ Philosophy of the World.



  1. Mark Alger »

    12 January 2013 · 5:55 pm

    I’m not sure I get the point. For me, anyway. I haven’t ripped every CD we have, but I have ripped every CD we’ve bought since Amazon has been around immediately it came into the house.

    Nor will I buy any music in electronic-only form unless that’s the only way it’s available. Learned my lesson the hard way about not having hard copies. Not going there again.


  2. CGHill »

    12 January 2013 · 6:42 pm

    But you’re productive and industrious. This isn’t aimed at you.

  3. Roger Green »

    12 January 2013 · 7:27 pm

    The Shaggs! Sweet.

  4. CGHill »

    12 January 2013 · 8:15 pm

    Yeah, about 2000 I decided I needed to have that on the shelf.

  5. canadienne »

    13 January 2013 · 12:28 am

    Apropos of absolutely nothing except it’s about music, have you heard the Quebec singer Amylie? Sounded like music you might like.

  6. CGHill »

    13 January 2013 · 1:02 am

    I hadn’t, so I hunted down a couple of tracks. “Mes oreilles” might have been a trifle too cute, but I did like “Soigner ton coeur,” which comes with a nicely overwrought video.

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