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Turning A Podcast Track Into A Music Track in iTunes

I subscribe to a few song of the day podcasts, which makes it easy to get the tracks, but difficult to enjoy them as music in iTunes. But podcast tracks can’t be simply moved over to the music section of your library, it takes a little finagling.

There’s a lot of advice out there suggesting you use one of the menu commands to convert the track to MP3 or AAC, but I prefer not to re-encode my music, and that’s a big hammer for a small problem

Just the trick I needed!

My immediate response to Baba Brinkman’s “Performance Feedback Revision” (not even spellchecked)

I received this embedded. I submit it to you embedded (but just in case, ). I do not know/care how many views it’s received. I do not know if a YouTube commenter has already responded there the way I’m about to respond here. We (the hypothetical commenter and I) are temporally and geographically dislocated, and tapping my keys here with you — instead of there to digest his/her/its feedback — is somehow more exciting. Here. Now. I’m keeping in spirit.

  1. Who did he sample? Or was that an original loop?
  2. Revision is synthesis. A new entity emerging from a tweak to the old. Create or die.
  3. Importantly, Add value, Even if it’s only in your small pocket of the cosmos. Even if it’s only your mind. Parroting is feedback, but it’s of no use to Performer or Reviser. So platinum props to Baba Brinkman. Radio intentionally.

From NYT: Billboard Faces New Competition as Music Charts Evole

But the multiple ways to make money provide hope to a struggling industry and are also changing the kind of music that gets made and promoted. Album sales are often driven by older listeners who typically favor country and soft-rock artists like Taylor Swift and Susan Boyle.

Pop and hip-hop artists like Taio Cruz and Rihanna are sometimes underrepresented on the album chart, as younger fans in particular have moved to buying singles and streaming music online.

In the near future, that could mean more Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, less Nickelback and Keith Urban.

This has been an ongoing point of contention for my teenaged son and me. While his tastes tend toward album-oriented rock, his habits and finances find him picking through iTunes for tracks here and there from those artists he likes.

And what does iTunes give you? 30 second bites, which after two or three clicks is supposed to abet an informed buying decision. I would argue you get the most accessible parts in these 30 seconds, and will therefore pony up for your best guess at the most accessible songs. This data is surely tracked back to A&R (they of the big up-or-down thumbs), who then dictate the next generation of deals made, artists pushed, 30-second sound bites made available off iTunes. It’s incestuous cloning and it’s insidious.

My advice? Support the stable of artists making positive contributions to the overall musical narrative — and buy their albums.