I'd like to be able to play my library of mp3s without opening the laptop, but when I think about using a phone or tablet with some kind of iTunes-like interface (Microsoft Access for music!) I get depressed.

There's gotta be a better way. Somewhere at the intersection of existing public curation a la Discogs (genre/style assignments, album lists), a hypothetical Wikipedia/Allmusic mashup, and a kind of conceptual theme library that overlays different viewpoints on music history and how artists relate to each other ... and ideally a visual experience to match. I've always thought that an ideal music player would actually transform the entire music player, and perhaps your surrounding environment, to match the music being played. A grotty punk club. A swank hotel bar. Coincidentally Apple's Vision Pro comes out this year.

Traktor + Scarlett 4i4
Having trouble getting headphone cueing working with a Scarlet 4i4 + Traktor? Open Focusrite Control, for Line Outputs 3-4 choose Custom Mix -> DAW -> Playback 3-4.

More annoying than you'd think. Involves the word "compile". You can just right-click and select "Do Not Auto-Delete" if you don't mind the track appearing in your list of podcasts until the end of time.

Supposedly "fun and easy to learn" - at least for a "Strongly-timed, Concurrent, and On-the-fly Audio Programming Language".

mp3gain - adjust mp3 volume
I have one mp3 that is MUCH LOUDER than the rest.

Headroom Total Bithead
If I want to start DJing with my Mac, I need a separate audio out - this looks like the one.

USB audio for OS X
Edirol UA-1EX

Community forums about headphones, portable audio and the like.

Headphone Reviews.org
Same people, distilled down to the info you really want, you shallow, walking, talking wallet.

solar-powered iPod charger
Someday I'll need this.

best LAME settings to encode mp3s of human voices

Senuti - everything in reverse
"Senuti is a simple utility that makes transferring songs from an iPod to your computer quick and easy."

iPod jukebox woo

eac and lame quickstart
make mp3s that don't sound like mp3s

Another p2p audio streaming thing.

FM Modulator and adapter
Add external RCA inputs to your car stereo for $25 plus installation. Discovered in the comments of this post.

notes from the metalevel
Lisp-based computer music composition.

I want to live in a better world. I want a Mac.

Harmony Central: Computers and Music: Audio Programming
Useful page of links, hell, a useful portal, on audio programming.

NoiseBuster Extreme Headphones
Supposedly equal (at $39) to the $299 Bose headphones. I have the feeling these guys wouldn't approve though.

p2p mp3 streaming. Dunno about scalability. (also: peercast)

noise shardsMany digital musical toys by an outfit called ixi. They look too beautiful to be practical, but definitely worth playing with. Maybe music will be VR's first killer app.

Archive of software for ripping CDs to mp3s, plus related software and links.

Nuh-uh. Nuh-uh. The Soundbug is a gadget that gets attached to two things: an audio source, and a flat surface. It then causes the flat surface to vibrate, turning it into a giant speaker. With two Soundbugs you get stereo sound. It's the frickin' coolest thing ever! Official site is here, looks like it might need to be ordered from the UK. (Nope, you can but it here.)

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