I am no music connoiseur, in fact, I am totally overwhelmed by the amount of music out there and often just rely on old favorites instead of exploring new possibilities. I try to push myself to experiment by belonging to eMusic. For $12 a month, I get 30 download credits (I was grandfathered in from a previous plan since I joined in 2006. Now, $12 gets you 24 credits) and I can download 1 song at a time for 1 credit, or download a whole album (usually for 12 credits). Since I joined, the music selection has improved drastically and they have an audio book service as well.
What I want to share with you today is eMusic members' compilation of the 100 Best Albums of All Time. I share this passing absolutely no judgment as to whether these are actually the best albums of all time. I am totally unfamiliar with most of them, but I thought it was neat to see all the albums in a list, with short descriptions, album art, as well as the option to listen to sample tracks without leaving the page so you can continue to browse other albums. I ended up downloading In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel because, well, it was #1, I liked the album art, the description of the music was sufficiently intriguing, and I had the download credits available.
Will I like it? We shall see. Now that, after 8 months of absolutely no music or radio of any sort in my car, I finally got a working car stereo that has an mp3 jack, I may get to listen to some music. But only after listening to the Scooby Doo and Spiderman Theme Songs a sufficiently mind-numbing number of times. . .