Where are you going to go that you need to take 160 GB worth of music with you ?
It's not like before iPods / MP3 players we took our entire CD collection on holiday or anything.
What I love is that I used to carry a case that held 32 CD's and I have to continually shuffle CD's in and out. Now my music is on my 160 GB I-Pod and it's grab and go no matter where I am.
I used to make a lot of 'themed' playlists, but as Tim/Kev said, I usually spent more time making the playlist than listening to it. Things like:
Double/Double - songs with the exact same title. You'd be surprised how many there are - I think I have 7 or 8 songs titled Promised Land.
All The Young Dudes - songs with a 'male' reference in the title
Along Comes a Woman - ditto... but 'female'
I've got a couple dozen of these kinds of themes. As my library continued to grow (it's about 17k songs on iTunes; and 200+ saved albums on Spotify), it was impossible to keep updating these, so I just gave up. I've got about a dozen go-to playlists depending on my mood - epics, instrumentals, power ballads, mellow stuff, 'best-of' from a specific genre/era, acoustic etc..
But, 90% of the time, I'm just choosing a band/genre, and going with an entire album.
@ Kotow... what the hell does "one of THOSE people" mean? So far, you're the only one talking about the silliness of large capacity media devices, while multiple people are talking about their convenience. I'm with ToN and King on this. If technology allows me to do something effortlessly (eg, take my music collection with me everywhere), why wouldn't I? I've learned to appreciate the conveniences that technology provides. For whatever reason, in the case of one's music library, you haven't. Which is fine, but you don't need to go (mildly) bashing those of us that do.
Your logic and reasoning is baffling. Technology has evolved with the times, as has the way humans use it in their everyday lives. By your logic, landlines were unnecessary in the early 20th century, because people always had telegraphs? But then, the telegraph was unnecessary because there was the postal service. But they too were unnecessary because there were carrier pigeons. And. So. On.