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iTunes at the library

June 30th, 2004 (10:07 pm)
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current mood: geeky
current song: The Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

Last night I went to the library and spotted an iMac next to the PC I was using for browsing their catalog. I thought: wait a minute, why would they need a Mac? I took a look, and saw that it was fitted with iTunes and MP3s of their entire CD collection. So you can use iTunes to search albums, titles, etc., and then listen to them; press a key, and an AppleScript fires up the browser to search for the album you're listening to. Lots of fun.

The best thing about their catalog, though, is that a bunch of regional libraries share their catalogs, so doing interlibrary loan just takes a few mouse clicks. And it's all Web-based, so you can request your book from home and go in when they have it.