ipod (or itunes) war!

It’s pretty clear that Grace and I are pretty sad music and tech geeks who spend all our time trying to fill our Gramophone loyalty bonus card and lusting after MacBooks, so it shouldn’t surprise any of my readers (yeah, all 3 of you) that our latest time-killer is iPod War, or in our case, iTunes war.

Here’s a quick description from Kittenpants:


The object of the game is to put your music library up against another person’s – find out some secret favorites they have, and hope your guilty pleasures don’t pop up in an embarassing number.

Playing is simple: In the card game WAR, two opponents split a deck of cards. In each “battle,” players would turn over the top card on his or her deck. Whoever had the highest card won the battle and kept the two cards. At the end of the deck, the person with the most cards won the war.

iPod War follows the same guidelines. Two people put their iPods on Shuffle and play music. As each song comes up, whoever has the better song wins the battle. After 10 songs, the person who won the most battles wins the war.

Of course, to decide which song wins, we’d both have to kinda agree. It helps when you more or less listen to the same type of music. Anyways, here’s the post-battle report of our first iTunes war.

1. Pavement – Serpentine War (Grace) vs David Bowie – She’ll Drive the Big Car (Billy)
Billy wins 1-0 . I mean, its David Bowie. Nuff said.

2. The Verve – Lucky Man (G) vs Danger Mouse – 99 Problems (B)
Billy wins 2-0. Richard Ashcroft is powerless against the combined mashup might of Jay-Z and the MOTHERFUCKING BEATLES.

3. Weezer – Butterfly (G) vs My Favourite – Rescue Me vs. Kitch (B)
Grace wins 1-2. Unfortunately, the lackluster remix by My Favourite’s Smiths-lite is no match for the plaintive but powerful closer from Weezer’s finest album.

4. Eef Barzelay – Joy To The World (G) vs Razorlight – Hold On (B)
Billy wins 3-1. Its close, but other than the classic quality of the Xmas song, there’s really nothing to recommend Eef Barzelay’s cover over Razorlight’s catchy Britrock.

5. Ryan Adams – Amy (G) vs The Innocence Mission – No Storms Come (B)
Grace wins 2-3. Dammit, betrayed by my favourite country singer. You don’t even like Ryan Adams!!

6. Architecture in Helsinki – Kindling (G) vs The Impossible Shapes – Ra in thy Rising (B)
Grace wins 3-3. She’s on a roll. Australian ensemble popsters AiH pretty much decimate the Shapes, whom I listened to like, just the once.

7. Unknown – Idioteque Calisthenics (G) vs Slowdive – Some Velvet Morning (B)
Billy wins 4-3. I gave her points for the song being a Radiohead mashup, but wah lau, shoegaze legends covering freaking Nancy Sinatra? Dream on, my sweet, dream on…

8. Aphex Twin – Gwarek2 (G) vs Paul Anka – Jump (B)
Grace wins 4-4. This one cannot fight. My favourite electronica artist against freaking ah pek Paul Anka covering bloody Van Halen? Betrayed again by my heroes. Why hast thou abandoned me?!

9. Pulp – Bar Italia (G) vs Belle & Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap (B)
Billy wins 5-4. Debatable. Both off classic Britpop albums by seminal bands. But B&S trump by virtue of being the title track and actually still being around.

10. Madonna – Jump (G) vs We Are Scientists – Coming Clean (B)
Forfeit. While I obviously win this one, its declared forfeit as Grace’s iTunes wasn’t playing her full library as she was searching earlier for Paul Anka’s Jump. Yeah, whatever.

11. Bowling for Soup – Ohio (G) vs Aphex Twin + Celine Eia – Nannou (B)
Billy wins 6-4. And Richard D. James blows Bowling for Soup out of the water!! Why the hell do you have that in your library in the first place? But seriously…

And its all over…

Quite a bloody affair, even though I’ve got the wider arsenal, Grace put up a fantastic fight, sneakily pitting my own biggest guns against me. But she was let down despite the strong early showing by the embarassing inclusion of the craptastic Bowling for Soup in her repertoire. You brought this upon yourself, m’dear. Until the next time…

5 Responses to “ipod (or itunes) war!”

  1. 1 airhole July 23, 2006 at 12:40

    war torn zone here…

  2. 2 Lounge Lizard August 1, 2006 at 15:12

    Yesssh, quite sad indeed…

  3. 3 disko August 2, 2006 at 23:28

    SHUT UP! ignorant bystanders. make shuffle war, or die! muah ha ha har *victorious laughter*

  4. 5 Damon November 29, 2006 at 2:27

    I just got my 2000t and all of my songs are skipping in iTunes, and I cant figure out why. If someone could help me out and tell me how to fix this I would really appreciate it because its driving me crazy. Thanks for the replys.

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