Too much music?

There may be a downside to having a lot of music. I have over 2,800 songs on my iPod and in iTunes. Back in January, I ranted about some difficulty I had figuring out a song from just its lyrics. The song, regular readers will recall, was ultimately discovered to be “Tiny Tears” by the Tindersticks.

This evening, I wanted to listen to the song, and so I did a search of my library in iTunes for it.

And there were two instances of it.

Turns out, I had the song all along, as part of Soprano’s CD that I got a while back. And I didn’t even know it. Too much music? Maybe, especially if I have stuff that I’m unaware of. But on the otherhand, maybe I just don’t care enough. I have nearly 1,000 books, for instance, and I can tell you instantly without checking a database if I have a particular book in my collection. But no music. Oh well, it only cost me $0.99.

This time.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.