Mesmerized by Apple TV

I recently bought an Apple TV so I can listen to all of my music through my stereo without fiddling with the iPod (and also to rent movies, but it won’t let me do that yet). It works okay as an mp3 player, but the absolute best part about it is the screensaver mode, which can be set up to randomly send all the album artwork from your music collection whizzing across your TV screen. This is the closest thing to sitting around and sorting through a random pile of actual physical CDs that I’ve found yet, and I am so mesmerized by the thing it is scary. Listening to your entire music collection on random play has always been one of the best things about the mp3 revolution, but you can only listen to one song at a time. With this you watch about twenty random albums a minute scroll by reminding you they exist. For an unrepentant music junkie like myself this is worse than crack. I can spend all day staring at it and finding more and more music I want to listen to. I’m sure someone else did it somewhere else first, and in retrospect it’s a really simple and obvious thing for an mp3 player to do, but I can’t get enough of it.