You know, if someone told me 10 years ago that our music collections will be on one device with artwork and all sorts of other things incorporated, the wait would have killed me. If this sounds like a shameless plug for Apple, sorry. But yesterday, I found myself at the Apple Store in SoHo and impractically and without much thought, purchased an iPod Touch. For the record, my sixth overall. I've re-sold my previous models to friends.
After a few hours of sorting through, scanning and saving artwork (yes, it was a leisurely Saturday) and submitting to mp3 exclusivity (would rather full wav's) for this player, I started surfing through my ELO, Move, etc. collection on the iPod Touch and almost literally, the world stopped for about 2 solid hours. The artwork pops like I've never seen and in cases where a collectible comes in, I inserted other appropriate picture sleeves. Here are examples:
The Surrender artwork came from FTM and because it's practically from the source, the picture is stunning on the display. Maybe more artwork, FTM? It's very time consuming work to get all of these images right on iTunes, but it's worth it. That's been the only downside to their Cover Flow feature, some of the artwork is old, wrong, or non-existent in their database. In those cases, you'll have to create it yourself.
I don't think Apple has figured out how to show multiple pages or lyrics on these yet. But this is huge next step. If you're going to jump on board the digital music bandwagon, this is where to do it. Expensive for now, yes, but worth every penny.
Anyone interested an old(ish) 60GB photo iPod? :-)