This is the first meme I’ve created; I’d been thinking about it for a while, and with help and collusion from my friend MacAllister Stone, I think I’ve figured out how it might work. Won’t you play too?
The purpose of this meme is to gift a friend with a single song you’ve chosen from the iTunes store, and to have the friend blog about the song, and, if they like tag one or more of their friends. You have to have Apple’s free iTunes software for Mac or Windows to use the iTunes store.
- Pick one or more of your friends who listens to digital music; preferably someone who already has iTunes and an iTunes account, and who has a blog or Live Journal or something similar.
- Select the song you want to give.
- Post this meme on your blog or Live Journal, and list your friends, the songs you’ve chosen for them, (keep the song a secret until after you friend receives it, if you’d like), a link to their blog, and these instructions. Feel free to add a comment about why you chose the song.
- Purchase the single song for each friend, one at a time, (that is don’t buy three songs for three friends.) If you want to use the iTunes store Give music feature, find the song, then click the Gift button that’s included in the link for the album the song is on (near the top); then click the Gift button for that song. When you check out, you’ll be shown a form with spaces for your name, your friend’s name and email address, and a short message. This will be emailed to your friends, with instructions about how to download their gift songs. Use the message to send them a link to the permalink for your blog post about the meme so they’ll know to blog about the song. Use “Gift music” as the Tag if you tag posts.
- If you decide to “gift back” someone who tags you, please also tag someone else, so we can have a variety of musical tastes, journals, and people.
Songs are .99 cents on iTunes; if people want to send MP3s directly, that’s up to them, but post the song title, artist, and album anyway. I suspect it’s possible to do this with other music services, but I don’t know. There are also lots of good sources for free music on the net; feel free to use those, or to publicize indie artists you like a lot. Oh, and there are free songs at Amazon too.
Troubleshooting: You do need to have the iTunes application installed before you try to download the song; it wouldn’t hurt to have it open either. If the URL in the email from the iTunes store doesn’t seem to work, try copying it, line by line to a new document, deleting any return characters or extra spaces your email program may have inserted as it “broke” the URL into separate lines.
I’m tagging the following innocent victims:
- MacAllister Stone “John Barleycorn” by Traffic from John Barleycorn
- Ancrene Wiseass “Portland, Oregon” by Loretta Lynn from Van Lear Rose
Updated: I’ve managed to find songs for some other people–that’s both hard and fun–so here are some others I’m tagging:
- Dori Smith“Come on a My House” by Rosemary Clooney from 16 Most Requested Songs: Rosemary Clooney
- Kip Manley “Avanti” by Corvax Corus from Mille Anni Passi Sunt