This is the single greatest triumph of technology over itself, boost if you agree.



In the mid-late oughties, I'd rip 8-ish hours of Radio Paradise to 64kps MP3s and put them on a cheapass flashdrive player. This thing had three buttons (play/stop & volume) and one LED. I'd leave it in the car connected to my cassette player via one of these and listen to a wide(-ish) variety of commercial-free music while I drove.

And because the player didn't have a display, I kept a printed one-sheet track list I'd generated with a Perl script from the metadata.

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Also, one time I was driving late on a foggy night with nobody around. This utterly surreal, ethereal song came on that I'd never heard before. Later on when I stopped, I looked at the track listing sheet and saw the title and artist were both blank.

(It turned out that non-ASCII characters had confused my script enough to discard it the entire text. The artist, unsurprisingly, was Bjรถrk.)

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