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I have, as of yesterday's eMusic download fest, 2,406 songs in iTunes. And as I finished downloading, it occurred to me, with a small wow, that I really like almost all of the music I have right now. The lone benefit of losing all my CD's in the move to Chicago, and then my MP3s in two separate hard drive crashes, is that I have no dross--no embarassing choices left over from my adolescence, no random songs downloaded while writing the annual GSB follies. Also, because the collection is relatively small, there's nothing of which I could say "I really like that, but I haven't listened to it in a while."

As the collection grows, obviously that will change. And it will, for I'm now a backup obsessive. I will never again lose more than a few days worth of music.

So discussion question of the day, for this fine, lazy Sunday: how many songs do you have in your iTunes*? And is it too many, too few, or just right?


* Or other MP3 player--or CD collection, if you're still living in the paleolithic.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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