Latest obsession complete

My Ultimate Forrest Gump Soundtrack collection is finished.  51 tracks, including all of the songs missing from the “Special Collector’s Edition” as listed on Wikipedia.  I would have just bought the darned thing, if it was even available in MP3 format!  Sheesh.  It costed me less than $5.00 though–I was only missing 5 of the tracks.  I even created custom album art and re-tagged all the tracks properly.  It was pretty fun, actually.

Burn, Forrest, Burn! (music, I mean, burn music!)

I just watched Forrest Gump tonight.  I had seen it 3 or 4 times in the past, but this is the first time I watched it on Blu-Ray.  Now I’m on a mission.  The awesome soundtrack is one I am drooling for, and the internet is not making it easy for me.  According to Wikipedia, there was a soundtrack CD released–first with 32 tracks of the original songs (not the musical background score–which was released separately–but the actual songs in the movie), then, later, a “Special Edition” version containing two more songs for a total of 34 songs, on two CDs.  So it is out there, but I’ll be damned if I can find an MP3 version!  Amazon doesn’t have it, so I doubt it’s for sale anywhere.  It makes no sense.  I have everything I need to convert a CD to MP3’s, but in today’s day and age, I shouldn’t have to.  I’ll dig around some more, someone’s gotta have it somewhere.  I hate to have to purchase a silly plastic CD case with two more plastic CD discs, then burn them to MP3’s and just let the CDs rot in their case forever.  It’s such a waste.  But then again, this could be an awesome quest–even the 34-track set is still missing 16 songs that were skipped for some reason.  So I could attempt to assemble the ULTIMATE Forrest Gump Soundtrack of my own!  I’m sure I already have several of the songs in my collection, so there’s a start.  I’ll add comments to this post as I progress.  Stay tuned.

Amazon MP3 ROCKS!

Wow, Amazon MP3 just blew my mind!  When their service started, I was pretty disappointed that they didn’t grandfather in all of my old MP3 purchases.  Instead, from the day their cloud player went live and forward, it would store your music.  Bummer for me, since I had spent hundreds of dollars on music on Amazon since they first started selling MP3’s.  I didn’t lose any music though, I still had it stored on my own drives.  Well, today they’ve finally included all of my previous MP3 purchases into my Amazon Cloud collection!  I had just under 100 albums on my cloud drive before, and now, as Amazon continues to scan my old purchases, it is importing 1,936 previously-purchased albums!  Wow.  Luckily, NONE of these albums go against my GB storage limit, since they were purchased from Amazon!  So now this gives me another streaming option in addition to Audiogalaxy and Subsonic.

Up until now, Audiogalaxy has been my preferred streamer.  It’s completely free, streams much smoother than any of other option I’ve tried, and it even works great at work.  Subsonic has the added benefit of downloading as standard MP3’s so I can use standard media players on my devices to play the music, but it doesn’t want to play at work.  I’ll have to see how Cloud Player stacks up, now that I have all my music back on it.

Amazon vs Google – The quest for the MP3 market

Amazon just released “Cloud Drive” and “Cloud Player” for Android.  It lets you stream your music from the cloud.  5GB of cloud space is free, and you get upgraded to 20GB if you buy just one MP3 album from them in 2011 (from this date forward).  All future purchases of Amazon MP3 music are stored in their cloud space for free, so if this is the only place you get your music, like me, this could be great.

But unfortunately they’re not including everyone’s previous purchases, which is very sad.  I have purchased hundreds of albums from them over the past few years, so this would have been awesome, so unfortunately this is a deal breaker for me.  I have over 250GB of music, so they’re saying I would need to purchase a t least a block of 200GB of cloud space for $200 per year!  Or worse yet, their next plan up, which is 500GB for $500 a year! Yikes!  So it looks like I’m sticking to streaming my own music from home for now.

Google, however, is about to release “Google Music”, which promises to offer streaming of your own music from home, as well as from the cloud, and they’ll have their own MP3 store to purchase new music!  This sounds pretty promising, and if it works out, I might just have to switch to purchasing my music from Google instead of Amazon in the future!  We’ll see.