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Of iPods and iTunes and other favourite things of mine

[img_assist|nid=534|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=92|height=100]Well, I entered the 21st century over the holidays and finally got my hands on an iPod. Those things have been ubiquitous around my college campus for a long, long time, but I balked at buying one because of the price involved. Thankfully, Apple has made the 4 GB Nano available for a reasonable amount of scratch, and I received one as a birthday present.

Shortly after Christmas, I also joined the ranks who use the iTunes music store to buy MP3s, and I think I'm hooked for life.

Amy's got a brand new bag ... full of old stuff

So...apparently Amy Grant is now with Sparrow Records. This would be much bigger news if we were living in 1987, but I still find it interesting. She's apparently the "most successful contemporary Christian music artist of all time."

She's sold thirty million "units" to date, which sounds impressive. I'm not sure exactly what qualifies as a "unit," but it definitely makes her sound like the most successful contemporary Christian music artist of all time.

Updates, downdates and other words that either don't make sense or don't exist

Apologies for the lack of updates lately. Real life unfortunately gets in the way of what we really want to do here at inReview. I personally am still in college and entering exam season. The rest of our writers all have day jobs and limited time and energy.

Here's a bit of a teaser, however. Our Features Editor, Kim Flanders has been working on a year-end ditty that includes content from a number of big-name music folks and journalists.

It's a small, big little world we live in...

Apparently there is now something called "Gospel Music Association Canada" -- a new international affiliate of the American GMA. Being as I'm Canadian and have dabbled in Christian music journalism, you'd think I would know this. I did not.

I jumped over to the GMAC website today, however, and happened across this sentence: "Starfield and Ali Matthews led the list of winners as GMA Canada presented the 28th Annual Covenant Awards October 27th in Calgary."

More site news (the podcast arrives....)

Well, we have a rough version of the first-ever podcast up and running. Dan's hosting, producing and directing it. Apparently he also wrote the screenplay and comprises the entire street team.

He's working to finalize it, and then we'll make it public. STAY TUNED, folks. It's great stuff.

Site news tidbit no. 2: inReview now has a bunch of new editors. Here are the names of our new department heads. They're the folks you'll be dealing with if you want to submit a review, news item, feature or other piece of writing to the website.

Long Time Gone Now

Whew. So it has been a long time since my first blog entry. I promised you thoughts on the new Dixie Chicks album, but first let's get some site news out of the way.

My dirty little secret

I saw it in the store on Sunday -- a shiny little package with three attractive women staring back at me. I looked away briefly out of shame and tried to resist the urge to pick it up for closer examination.

"Hey, there's hardly anyone else in this store," the devil on my shoulder whispered. "If you buy it, nobody will know except you and the cashier. She's just a teenager, so what do you care? Buy it. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to give in."