The Voices Inside My Head
So I am sitting at work watching my iPod play song after song. There are currently over 9000 songs on the thing (it is a 60 gigabyte model) and it counts up how many songs it has played since I have reset it at the beginning of the week. It currently sits at song # 283.
I started thinking, “Who gets all of this when I am gone?”
I mean seriously, this little device contains pretty much everything I have listened to since I was working the swing set in 3rd grade. When I pass away, the iTunes library that it is synced with will go fallow since no one around will probably know the password to access it.
Then it dawned on me. I can ‘give’ it to anyone I want.
You see, I am a big fan of everything Apple, and actually understand some of the lesser known features that Apple offers in the form of device sharing and the ‘iCloud’.
I have a subscription to iTunes Match. This service, which costs $24 a year, allows iTunes to upload ALL of your music content to the ‘cloud’. I originally did this as a form of backup in case of a hard drive crash. Then I realized that once in the cloud, all 9000 songs are playable ‘anywhere’ that I have a device. So in effect, my little outdated iPhone 4 has over 9000 songs on it as long as it has connectivity, so does my iPad and so does my AppleTV. (That Steve Jobs was a genius)
All I have to do is ‘will’ my Apple User Name and Password to someone and they can be gifted this music where ever they are on the planet when I am gone. By then, it might be up to 15000 songs. It is bound to be worth something to someone. All they have to do is keep paying the $24 a year to keep listening to it, or they could just download it all to their computer (might take a few days).
It makes me chuckle to think that I can give this to someone, who will spend several months listening to it and wondering how I came to have the Tiki Music of Martin Denny next to the Russian Orthodox chants of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.