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THE Lowly Peon

On Music and Money, Part 1 
08 February 2010, 1:38pm

Forever ago, back when I was in college and was part of the incestuous music scene, a friend gave me a copy of Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane over the Sea, one of the greatest albums of all time. Oddly enough, this was really before people used MP3 players as widely as they do today, so he gave it to me on a burned CD. I still have the CD, and remember it well because of the way he wrote it across the top, angled radially to appear more natural.

The album became an instant favorite of mine, and I have many memories listening to it. The family trip to Washington, the late night drive home from the David Bowie concert in Loveland, driving in the hot Chicago summer during my construction job. It's become one of those albums that I hope I can forget about for a while just so I can get that same thrill when listening to it for the first time in too long.

Because the CD was burned for me, and apparently not too well, there was a slight gap between each track. This was problematic because the songs flow together, as some of you may already know.

I copied the album from gwynnie, and her copy had the same problem (looking back, now, I realize that she probably got it from me to begin with). And another friend's had the same problem. It always bugged me, but for whatever reason, I never did anything about it.

Well. I decided that needed to change. It's on iTunes now for a mere $7.99 (so if you don't have it, get it!). I just bought it, replaced my old tracks with the new ones (to keep my playcounts and ratings), and now there's no gap. It's like I'm hearing it for the first time. It's incredible.

So, the moral of this story is to pay for your records. Don't pay $30 at a Barnes & Noble, because that's not right. And donate to the guys who give their music away for free, because they deserve more money than anyone.

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[08 February 2010]

is there a gap after u copied it onto ur computer? cause i dont think there should be



[08 February 2010]

there would be a gap if the cd was burned with the gaps added. Some burners back in the day used to do that.



[09 February 2010]

yea...i know on itunes u can tell it create a gap if u want, but i didnt think that affected the song


THE Lowly Peon

[10 February 2010]

i actually wound up going into the options and changing the start and stop time of the tracks. it sort of worked, but still made me realize there was a gap. either way, it sounds great now. can't even tell when the tracks change!