I have a special connection to my ipod.  This does not make me a unique person.  I don’t’ know anyone who has an ipod and doesn’t feel like they have this special bond.  But me and my pod we’re something great when we’re together (which is allll the time).  I’ve decorated ipod with a sticker that says “every day is an adventure” that I got from an outdoorsy store where I bought a water bottle.  (Like I would buy anything but a trendy water bottle at an outdoorsy store).

But ipod and me – it is a true and untainted love.  I mean it’s the keeper of many of my favorite things:  The new King’s of Leon song Sex on Fire, Outkast songs that instantly make me think of Frat parties freshman year at Sigma Chi, David Sedaris books to make me laugh, and Office and Greek tv episodes.  Really it’s like a time capsule of all things that make me happy.  If you can imagine, ipod’s and my love just grew deeper.

I got to work this morning and started with my morning rituals:  Got a Mountain Dew, opened my work email, open my personal email, and opened itunes.

When I opened my itunes it asked me if I wanted to upgrade to version 23098234.2


This download takes a while, and I try to wait patiently even though I just want to listen to Tyrone by My Morning Jackets.  Let me tell you, the wait was so worth it.  Itunes now has something called Genius.  And it lives up to it’s name.

Genius knows how to anticipate my unspoken desires.  If you click on a song on your itunes and then Genius button, it will create a playlist of songs it thinks you will enjoy based on that song.  I must admit, I was a little weary.  Could technology really anticipate that I like an eclectic mix of music.  I have playlists with Tom Waits and Miley Cyrus.  Would it know that?

Well check this out.  I’ve been really into Bon Iver Skinny Love the past few days.  Let’s see what it creates for me.

1.Skinny Love – Bon Iver

2. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

3.  The National – Fake Empire

4. Good to Sea – Pinback

5. L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold

6.  Electric Feel – MGMT

7.  Metal Heart – Cat Power

8.  Strange Times – The Black Keys

9.  Normandie – Shout Out Louds

10.  Anthems for a 17 year old – Broken Social Scene

11.  Track 11 (From the Crane Wife) – The Decemberists

12.  All of My Days – Alexi Murdoch

13.  How it Ends – Devotchka

14.  Off the Record – My Morning Jacket

15.  Track 7 – Matt’s Mix

16.  A & E – Goldfrapp

17.  Start a War – The National

18.  Hold on, Hold on – Neko Case

19.  M79 – Vampire Weekend

20.  I Woke Up Today – Port O’Brien

21.  is there a ghost – Band of Horses

22.  Ragged Wood – Fleet Foxes

23.  New York – Cat Power

24.  2080 – Yeasayers

25. The Dress Looks Nice On You – Sufjan Stevens

WHAT AN AMAZING PLAYLIST!!!!  The fact that it could pick up that Track 7 from Matt’s Mix fits with Sufjan Stevens blows my mind!

You’ve done it again Apple.  Well done.

I stand and applaud you.

One thought on “Genius

  1. This sounds terrific- Pandora is similar, but I never thought it was all that accurate. I’m gonna have to upgrade my shit over here.

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