I've decided to quit cursing my old brick of an iPod and use it for what it is. I really can't fit a whole lot of stuff on it, so I kept listening to the same handful of albums over and over. I'd grown quite bored with them, and was gearlusting for one of those new 60GB models.
Instead, I've deleted almost half of what was on there, keeping only those more vital records that I want to have with me all the time. The other half I'm filling up with a smart playlist in iTunes. It's set to pick 2GB of random songs, and only songs that haven't been played for at least 30 days. So, every day when I sync up the iPod I get a huge playlist of stuff I haven't listened to in a while (or at all) that I can put on shuffle and listen to.
It's been an interesting experiment so far, I'm hearing stuff I haven't listened to in ages (My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult anyone?) and, considering my wide and weird musical tastes, creates some very interesting sequences of songs. Where else can I hear Black Sabbath, Soulfly, Erasure, Kraftwerk and Tool all in a row? Maybe one of Surgeon's DJ sets, now that I think of it. ;-)
This is all part of a greater theme of moving to a more minimal life, time to strip things down and build them back up in new ways. I have too much stuff, most of which serves no purpose other than to clutter up my life. Time for a whole lot of stuff to hit eBay and Freecycle.
There's a whole lot of non-physical stuff that needs to be simplified and streamlined as well, but that's a whole different post for some other day.