iPod Check

iPod Check: Most Played Album Cuts

January 21, 2013 // 20 Comments

iPodCountry music has always been a singles genre, a fact that is clearly reflected on my iPod. Only three of my most thirty played country songs were never sent to radio. That doesn’t necessarily mean radio played them, of course.

My most played country song is Alan Jackson’s “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore”, which didn’t crack the top twenty, and not far behind is Trisha Yearwood’s “Where are You Now”, which didn’t crack the top forty.

But looking at our most played album cuts is a great way to discover great music we might have missed, so it seems like a good choice for an iPod Check. Here are my country album cuts that I’ve played more than 5 times, separated by artist. Sort your list however you like. I’m getting my Amazon MP3 page loaded now so I can buy the great songs I’ve missed which surface in the comments.


iPod Check: Most Played Song by Twenty Country Artists

August 12, 2012 // 24 Comments

Since bringing back Recommend a Track proved so popular, I’m resurrecting another CU oldie but goodie: the iPod check.

I’ve only recently discovered the Most Played feature on iTunes, since it never had any relevance until iPods were large enough in memory to sync all of my music. So going back to early 2011, I have a lengthy list of the songs I’ve played the most.

iPod Playlist: Originals And Covers

July 14, 2011 // 19 Comments

As I’m sure the rest of you do, I make playlists all the time. Many of them are lists of individual artists, but some of them have a concept.

My latest playlist is of covers. First, I have the original version (or the one that’s famous for being the original) followed by my favorite cover of it. My only rule is that I have to like both versions. So, songs where I like the cover but not the original won’t make the list.

iPod Check: Back to the Nineties

August 5, 2010 // 28 Comments

To continue Country Universe’s celebration of the nineties, I’m throwing in a nineties edition of iPod Check. The rules are simple: put your iPod on shuffle and list the first ten songs to pop up that were released in the nineties. They don’t have to be singles, and they don’t have to be country.

I’ve listed my ten songs below. Share yours in the comments, and check your shame at the door! (I’ve got 1994’s “Hakuna Matata” on my iPod, but sadly, it did not come up in shuffle.)

iPod Check: Hidden Treasures

June 16, 2010 // 37 Comments

This edition of iPod Check is all about those great songs that you love which aren’t that well known. Put your iPod or favorite playlist on shuffle, then list the first ten songs that come up which weren’t singles or widely heard album cuts.

Bonus points for a little blurb with each song!

My list is after the jump.

I am not ashamed.

February 28, 2009 // 46 Comments

“Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one’s status in the eyes of others; And shame is fear of humiliation at one’s inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets his heart on being highly esteemed, and achieves such rating, then he is automatically involved in fear of losing his status.” – Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher This week’s iPod challenge requires you to check your shame at the door. Too often, there is embarrassment associated with our favorite music. We worry about the cool factor. When I started Country Universe, I was determined to write honestly about what I like and dislike, regardless of how it might affect my credibility in the eyes of others. But I often keep mum about the guiltiest of my guilty pleasures. So with this iPod check, I’m hitting shuffle and listing the first twenty songs that I’d normally be too embarrassed Read More

That’s on My iPod?!?

February 23, 2009 // 19 Comments

Maybe it’s just because I have so many songs on my iPod to begin with, but I’m often surprised when I put my iPod on shuffle. Songs pop up that I didn’t know I owned, along with others that I’d completely forgotten about. You know the drill. You buy the album because you like the lead single, listen to it once, then you go back to the old stuff you always listen to. At least that’s what I do. I won’t even get into the albums that are sent to me for potential review. So I thought this would be a fun iPod Check: Put your mp3 player on Shuffle, and type the first ten songs that you either forgot you owned or didn’t know you owned at all. Here’s my list: Shelby Lynne, “Track 12” Johnny Cash, “Slow Rider” Frank Sinatra, “Fly Me to the Moon” Sylvia, “Snapshot” Leonard Read More

iPod Check: They Call it Country

January 3, 2009 // 32 Comments

We’re making iPod Check a weekly discussion feature this year, with a bit of a different spin each week. This week, check out the “Country” genre on your music list and post the first ten songs that play. Here are my ten, out of 5,626 in total: 1. k.d. lang, “Pullin’ Back the Reins” 2. Johnny Cash, “I’m Going to Memphis” 3. Sugarland, “Already Gone” 4. Dolly Parton, “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” 5. Trisha Yearwood, “Nothin’ About You is Good For Me” 6. Carlene Carter, “Two Sides to Every Woman” 7. Johnny Cash, “Thirteen” 8. Kenny Rogers, “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” 9. Emmylou Harris, “Tennessee Waltz” 10. Loretta Lynn, “I Believe”