Like any good upwardly mobile young man, you’ve got your record collection in iTunes (probably on an external hard drive, because you’ve got way too many tunes to fit on that piddly 60GB drive that Apple shipped the computer with). You also like the idea of making a mixtape for your sweetie (a-la DJ Rob Gordon), but iTunes gives you no option for doing mixing tracks, which is essential to the carefully crafted emotional message you’re trying to convey.

Your options are to shell out hundereds of dollars for something like ProTools (you’re not that upwardly mobile), or hand-crafting your mix in a wave editing program and losing the ability to mark tracks on your CD. This just isn’t good enough.

Enter iMixtape.

This simple application will allow you to grab tracks from iTunes, place them on a grid, fade them in and out of each other and place track markers. iMixtape will then burn it to a CD for you. It’d look something like this:


Those ‘volume envelopes’ indicate the volume of the track. The top of the track indicates 100% volume, the bottom indicates 0% volume. The ‘envelope points’ are the parts that are dragable. There’s always an envelope point at the start and end of each volume envelope. Additional envelope points can be created by clicking on any point of the volume envelope. You can drag these envelope points around inside the track, and the volume envelope will move to create straight lines between them.

Does this make sense? I think I’d buy this application for $20. It would be fun. Would anyone else?Is this a dumb idea or a good idea?

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I guess this idea is very similar to my Licenced To Ill 2006 idea, but I reckon it'd be very cool if someone — say the RRR, The Espy and The Sacred Heart Mission — got sixteen bands to each record one club's theme song. They could stick them on one CD, which can then be sold for $8 each. That's 50 cents per song, so you don't feel too ripped off at having a 15 minute version of Freo Way To Go ruined by some electo-anarcho-punk collective. All profits from the CD go to The Sacred Heart Mission.

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Beard, 6 days old

Beard, 6 days old

I’m trying to grow a beard.

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Licenced To Ill is a great record with some awesome songs, but the music is very minimal and it sounds pretty dated to my ears.

I’d love to get some bands to record their take on each song from the album. Imagine Look Who’s Toxic’s version of Time To Get Ill, Tri State Lovers’ Paul Revere and The Drones doing Slow And Low.

The only rules are that you have to stick with the original lyrics in their original order, but you can substitute your name for any names in the original. In Time To Get Ill…

“I’m cool calm collected – from class I was ejected,
Just me, Mike D., and M.C.A. – we’re rarely disrespected”

…becomes…

“I’m cool calm collected – from class I was ejected,
Just me, Deepaul, and Heavy C – we’re rarely disrespected”

Imagine the CD launch — the stage is set up with all the equipment every band will need, then they play the entire record, tag-team style.

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I want to listen to my iPod while I’m on my bike, but I don’t want to wear earbuds — I’m still a little nervous about riding my bike through town during peak hour, so I want hear everything that’s going on around me.

So, why doesn’t someone put some little speakers inside my bike helmet, right above my ears? I’m not overly fussy about sound quality; I just want to listen to a little Johnny Cash as I ride home after a few drinks, or maybe some Daft Punk or White Stripes to encourage me to get up that damn hill.

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