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I was a big fan of Imeem.com since it started. Mainly because it allowed music fans to upload their favorite songs, so other people could stream them. It was a democratic music concept if ever there was one.

MySpace initially blocked Imeem playlists and songs from its website. Of course that was because MySpace was planning to essentially copy Imeem’s free streaming model.

Earlier in 2009, when Imeem pulled the plug on uploading videos, it was “the writing on the wall”. In early December of 2009, MySpace purchased Imeem. It was the end of  a classic site dedicated to free music. Much like the recent acquisition of LaLa by Apple, the acquisition of smaller Internet companies by corporate beasts continues (i.e. Google buying YouTube). Now the only question is whether Imeem will have any influence on MySpace’s Music section, now that most of the site’s users have migrated to Facebook.

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I guess I’m years behind the trends in music because I don’t own an iPod and I just got my first ever mp3 player this week. I bought a 1 GB Philips mp3 player for $25 at Office Depot. I know to some it’s probably a cheap piece of junk that will probably fall apart in a year, but for the first time in a long time I’m excited about music again.

My favorite place to listen to music is my car. In the past I listened to tapes, but that required a considerable amount of time to record a proper mix tape and I get a little sick of listening to the same tapes over and over again. So for a while I tried a CD player that plays CDs and mp3 discs. That was nice except for the fact that it used 2 AA batteries and it’s difficult to operate while driving since it requires constant restarting every time you get in and out of the car.

My Philips mp3 player is great because I can use it with my car stereo with the Sony Discman cassette adapter. What I also like about the player is that I can skip songs easily with the buttons. In fact the device was so easy to use that I didn’t even read the instructions. The player is light weight, it operates as a USB flash drive, it can record audio as wave files and it is great for working out. I especially like how fast and easy I can drag and drop the songs onto the player without dealing with DRM or iTunes. If someone steals it then I’m only out $25 and the mp3 player runs on 1 AAA battery for every 8 hours of use. I know it’s no iPod, but I don’t care because I’m happy with what I’ve got.

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