Over the last couple of years, streaming has become the main way people consume music. The ease of having music at your fingertips without the hassle of downloading or buying physical copies has made this the most preferred way to listen to music. Yet, there is something special about listening to my music library on my iPod.

There isn’t the distraction of receiving notifications, text messages, or emails while listening to my music. It’s something about seeing how much music you own that just makes me feel good. It doesn’t matter if the music was downloaded or ripped, the time spent collecting the music added value to it. This is why I will always love my music library collection.

The Music Library

Back in the day, I would spend countless hours downloading music on dial-up internet using file-sharing software like Kazaa and Limewire. Not only did I download a lot of music, but I also brought a lot of CDs. The excitement of going to Target or Best Buy every Tuesday morning was amazing. I remember getting up early and going to these stores just as they opened to get the first copy.

Sometimes I even skipped classes to buy music so I could play it as I drove around campus. Something about It made me feel so good knowing I have these new albums before anyone else. Sadly enough, my professors didn’t take a liking to me skipping class just to gain

Organized Music

Being able to have a huge music library and keeping it organized was important to me, especially since I mostly listened to music on the go. You see, the more organized your library was, the more efficient your musical experience was on the go.

So with that said, spending hours making sure that the metadata on the tracks was accurate was a must for me. I would go online or look at liner notes inside the album covers to make sure all of the track’s information was correct. Yes I know, it was obsessive, but that’s how much I loved my music. The time I spent making sure that my library was well put together was something I took pride in. Having a clean and organized library made it so much easier to navigate and find exactly what I wanted to listen to. So when someone asked me what I’m listening to it was also easy for me to give accurate information.

Finding New Music

Another aspect of having the best music library and collection on your iPod was finding new music to add to it. In the 2000s, you had to search countless blogs for new music. You had to shift through the mud just to find those gold nuggets. New music just wasn’t listed out for you like it is today. You had to be an active participant in music, not just a passive one listening to whatever an algorithm laid out for you. The world of music blogs back then was essential in being able to find new music.

Back then having the hottest and rarest tracks and playing them when you had the AUX during long car rides made you feel like a legend among your friends. You see, it took a special kind of person to be a music guru back then. All the time and effort in searching for music always paid off in those moments.

Looking back the iPod era was special to me as you can see. It was where the past met the present. Music at that time was transferring more into the digital age we have today with streaming. This era is still king over this for the personal connection it gives some of us to our music. Unlike the streaming age, we have today the focus was more on the collection of music and taking the time to appreciate it. You would be surprised how many people still listen to their iPods today. There’s even a community that refurbish and customize them to today’s standards.

Do you still listen to your iPod/Mp3 players? What are some of your memories from this time?