My four-year-old four-gigabyte MP3 Walkman is getting a nearly-daily workout as the sound source in the car, thanks to a gizmo that slips into the Bose head unit’s tape drive.
Generally, I have 700-750 tracks stuffed into the little cuttlefish, and during an average month I’ll probably scissor out twenty of them and replace them with songs I haven’t heard so damned often. This can be done with good old Windows Explorer, by popping open the OMGAUDIO folder, but Sony does its best to obfuscate matters, so I’ve learned to deal with SonicStage, which has all the irritations of iTunes without any of the benefits. (Next time, screw it, I’m getting an iPod.)
And every time a SonicStage session was completed, regardless of the shuffle setting, the first track upon resuming use has always been the same: “Waterloo” by ABBA. I don’t object to this too strenuously, since this is a longtime favorite (it’s even the perfect length!), but last night, I toyed with the idea of deleting it anyway, and seeing if the new default first track was what I expected, which would be “The Boy from New York City” by the Ad Libs, second in the artist listing since I cycled Ace’s “How Long” out of the rotation.
Instead, I pasted in an ABBA album track “Gonna Sing You My Lovesong,” from the Waterloo LP and waited. G comes before W, right?
Nope. I pulled the USB cord, hit the button, and up came “Waterloo.”
Next time maybe I will delete the damn song.