Let’s say an apocalypse happens. How it happens isn’t terribly important. However it happens, though, I’m one of the few survivors. Now I have like half a day to get back to my apartment and gather some of my things before I have to leave my place for good and set out into the wasteland for who knows how long. Let’s assume I’ll be out there a very long time.
The 30-gig iPod I’ve had for years has recently been broken beyond repair, because, oh I don’t know, it got destroyed in some apocalyptic explosion which I was lucky enough not to be in, or something like that. However, I happen to have in my possession a brand new 8-gig iPod with nothing on it yet, ready to replace the old one. Unlikely, perhaps, but there’s a reasonable explanation, like maybe I got the 8-gig iPod as a gift just a couple minutes before the apocalypse and haven’t had time to do anything with it yet. Sure, that works.
Now once I gather some essentials- food, canteen, weapons- I have some time to fill my newer, smaller iPod with music that I absolutely positively have to bring along on my sure-to-be perilous journey. So which songs and albums do I choose to occupy those 8 precious gigs? Or, for simplicity’s sake, let’s convert those 8 gigs into roughly 8,100 minutes (at 128 kbps).
In other words, this has been a prolonged way of setting up a modern twist on the old “desert island albums” hypothetical.