As you may recall from the previous entry, I bought an mp3 player and am now in the process of learning how to use it. It has an FM radio, and adding presets was pretty straightforward. However, actually adding songs to a playlist, well, that's a different matter.
Anyway, I figured that I would start by ripping music from an actual CD onto the player. And, since I'm using the player during my recently started workouts, I want music with some energy and a good beat. This afternoon, I went in search of such music.
I had a coupon for Barnes & Noble, so I figured I'd start there. But, when I walked back to the section where the music is, I realized that there didn't seem to be as much music as there was before. (I guess that explains the big CD sale they had a few months ago.) Now, the bulk of the space seems to be taken up by DVDs. But, there is still an area for CDs and, at the very end of that area, I found a few compilations of recently released dance music. Thing is, I didn't recognize any of the songs. I also didn't recognize many of the artists. Britney Spears seemed to have a song on each CD, but I refuse to buy anything with her name on it.
So, I left B&N and headed for Best Buy, hoping that they might have a bigger selection. They did, but still, most of the names were unfamiliar. After several minutes of deliberation, I settled on something called "Total Dance 2008" which is mixed by America's #1 DJ (allegedly), someone known as DJ Skribble. Whatever. The first track on the CD is from Fergie (and yes, I do know that she's not the Duchess of York). There are also a few other tracks from people that I've at least heard of - Hillary Duff, Kelly Clarkson, Diddy, and Fall Out Boy. But there are also tracks from Cascada, Kelis, and Bob Sinclair (what is someone named Bob Sinclair doing on a CD with the likes of Fergie and Diddy and Mims and Cupid? I mean, c'mon. Bob Sinclair?)
It seemed promising, so I shelled out the $14.00. But, just in case, I bought a back-up - the Ramones Greatest Hits! You can't go wrong with the Ramones. You just can't.