Well, it’s not strictly an “iTunes for Windows” story, but I just had a situation where iTunes made my life a lot easier…
So there I was, putzing around yesterday evening on the Mac, using iMovie to slice down my recent vacation videos from 8 hours to something more managable. I get to one part that needs a musical soundtrack – something Asian and tranquil, about 5-7 minutes long, Music To Look At Pretty Scenery By.
[li]Problemo Uno: I don’t have any such music.[/li][li]Problemo Two-o: Nobody I know has any such music.[/li][li]Problemo Three-o: I don’t have the slightest idea how to find music that would meet my criteria. I can just imagine the blank-eyed stares I’d get at the local Sam Goody if I were to ask the clerk for “some tranquil Asian music to look at scenery with.”[/li][/ul]
Dum-da-dum! iTunes Music Store to the rescue!
Go online, hop over to the “Classical” section, and start browsing. Pick a random album by Brahams, sort the tracks by time, listen to the free 30-second samples… five minutes later, I had three tracks that seem promising. Jump over to the “New Age” section (just on a whim), browse a few more, find some even better tracks, dump the Brahms stuff… do a few random searches, just to see if anything better shows up… Okay, I’m happy, time to checkout…
Bottom line: Fifteen minutes after I started my search, I had two tracks with perfect length and perfect mood for my little iMovie. I can’t imagine doing this with a brick-and-mortar store, and using Napster (1.0) or Kazaa for this would have been a joke. But the iTunes Music Store saved my hash without breaking a sweat, and I felt so good I even ended up buying five other songs and an Audible audio book, too.
I’m just so tickled by the whole thing I wanted to share my story. Thanks for listening.