I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes. I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale. Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not. In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey. I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site. With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment.
Industrial metal has never really been in my wheelhouse. Certain songs and groups have flitted in and out of my purview over the years — Nine Inch Nails, Prong, and the Revolting Cocks come first to mind — and I’ve enjoyed the occasional compilations involving industrial sounds, but it’s not a genre that ever stuck with me. (Meat Beat Manifesto’s Subliminal Sandwich is quite good, though it’s also very removed from anything strictly industrial, which may lend strongly to my liking of it.)