All of that information culminates to reveal that I am one of those people who researches a product before he buys it to ensure that I will be completely pleased with it when I obtain it. An MP3 player was no exception to this rule, and, while many of my friends were buying iPods in various models, which were mostly Nano and Touch variants, I had been looking at an almost unknown little gadget, at least to them, for myself to enhance my collection of opera recordings.
It would seem that I had found the perfect device, for I learned that Sandisk's line of Sansa players, the best of which may have been the E200 series, featured an FM radio recording function, and, naturally my mind began to calculate all of the enjoyment I could receive from listening to broadcast gems from the Metropolitan Opera by recording their performances on Saturday afternoons during their season. However, the E200 series was discontinued and replaced with the View, and, more recently, the Fuze. I had asked the kind employees at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and other places on numerous occasions whether either of these replacements had the recording feature built into them, but they told me that they did not. I was downcast for a while until I walked into Radio Shack on an afternoon, and the knowledgeable salesman reintroduced me to the Sansa line of products. In his pitch he explained that one of the features it had over, say, the iPod, was that it could record from FM radio. I could not believe my ears, and I asked him if he was absolutely sure, to which he replied that he was, and I quickly bought their tiny, two gigabyte model Clip+ for a rather great amount when you consider that these players are now sold at almost half of what I paid for mine.
I have received much pleasure from this device, and I am most proud to say that it has recorded an appreciable amount of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts for my benefit, but my main qualm with it was its capacity, or, rather, its lack thereof.
Less than a week ago, I found myself in a pawn shop, and I recalled my dilemma with the Met's next broadcast of Verdi's "La Traviata" starring Marina Poplavskaya, Matthew Polenzani, Andrezej Dobber, and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, so I went to see if there were any bargains to be found in the portable music devices. As I looked, I saw several iPods of various generations, but my eye was drawn to two or three Zunes and a Sansa View. I looked at the View first, and I was pleased to see that it was a thirty-two gigabyte model, which would be a considerable improvement over my current device, but the price was rather more than I was willing to pay for this used and arguably almost obsolete item. I looked at other capacious players, and it seemed that storage came with a price. I was almost ready to give up entirely and settle for what I had when i noticed that the collection of iPods was rather varied and larger than the rest. I began to look, and I saw a white thirty gigabyte model, but it was being sold for more than the Sansa View, and it was certainly not the newest model. I then saw a black one, and, when I analyzed it, I found that it was an eighty gigabyte model iPod Classic, and it was the same price as the white thirty gigabyte one had been. I quickly bought it as it was a very good purchase for the capacious storage that it could support. On my way home after I purchased it, i could not cease thinking about how my operatic recordings would all be able to be consolidated onto this one device, for at present my library consumes about forty gigabytes, and I thought of all of the expanding of my selections I could now afford to accomplish as well.
After some difficulty in transferring my music from a Windows 7 based personal computer to a laptop equipped with Mac OS X, neither of which are terrible machines, I have finally captured some four gigabytes of music onto my new iPod, and I must say that I am most excited to be able to listen to any of my recordings whenever I should have the whim or desire.
Therefore, to disclose the contents of my music library to you as it appears on my device and to treat this post in the proper fashion with the article corresponding to the title in obedience, I shall commence.
- La Traviata-Met-2010: Valenti, Gheorghiu, Hampson; Armiliato
- Music For A While-Anne Sofie von Otter
- Anne Sofie von Otter's Performance at the Verbier Festival 2010; Marc Minkowski
- The Legend of St. Nocholas-Anonymous 4
- A Little Night Music-Original Broadway Cast Recording
- A Little Night Music-Broadway Revival Cast Recording
- La Sonnambula-Cecilia Bartoli, Juan Diego Florez, Ildebrando d'Arcangelo; Alessandro Marchi
- Celtic Thunder-Celtic Thunder
- Sacred Handel Catatas-Emma Kirkby
- Ah, mio cor: Handel Arias-Danielle DeNiese
- The Mozart Album-Danielle DeNiese
- Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs-Dawn Upshaw; David Zinman, London Sinfonietta Orchestra
- 2009 Recital, Barcelona, Spain-Diana Damrau
- La Fille du Regiment-Met-2010-Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez, Kiri Te Kanawa
- BBC Prom 74-2010-Dorothea Roschmann; Gianandrea Noseda
- Amarantine: Special Christmas Edition-Enya
- Odyssey-Hayley Westenra
- L'Elisir d'Amore-Toulouse-2007-Inva Mula, Giuseppe Filianotti
- 2005 Recital, Paris, France-Magdalena Kozena, David Daniels; Paul Goodwin
- Lulu-Met-2010-Marlis Petersen, Anne Sofie von Otter, James Morris
- Recital-Leo Nucci, Patrizia Ciofi
- 13-Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Rosso: Italian Baroque Arias-Patricia Petibon
- Recital-Ramon Vargas
- A Night of Love-Verbier Festival 2010-Renee Fleming
- Lucrezia Borgia-WNO-2009-Renee Fleming, Vittorio Grigolo
- Giulio Cesare-Met-2007-Ruth Ann Swenson, David Daniels, Patricia Bardon
- The Dawn of Grace-Sixpence None the Richer
- The Fatherless and the Widow-Sixpence None the Richer
- My Dear Machine EP-Sixpence None the Richer
- Into the Woods-Original Broadway Cast Recording
- I Capuletti e i Montecchi-Minnesota Opera-2001-Sumi Jo, Vivica Genaux; Will Crutchfield
- In the Kingdom-Whitecross
- Several Various Singles from Albums