AutoRip: Amazon Unveils New Service Design Badassery

Amazon just announced their new AutoRip service which will automatically load the MP3 version of an album to your cloud storage whenever you buy a physical CD from them.

Buy and AutoRip CD, instantly get the MP3 version for FREE.

I once knew a music lover who ripped his entire library to his iPod, but would sit in his living room looking at the CD case while listening because the album art and liner notes were part of the experience. In theory, I’d much rather have the physical media when I buy music. But ripping and syncing to devices has proven a big enough pain that I now typically just buy MP3s, especially when it’s a bit cheaper.

I’m curious to see whether this innovation increases sales of CDs relative to MP3-only purchases. But either way, good job Amazon for identifying a clunky part of the music consumption chain and finding a way to improve it.

Use IFTTT to Save Your Back

This morning I was feeling good about myself for getting to work early and being ready to tackle the day. Then I realized that I forgot my computer at home. When I stopped to tell a coworker that I was heading back to get it, she told me that she just leaves her computer at work.

Instantly I realized that I carry my computer to and from work every day for no good reason. Its probably why my back hurts.

But what about weekends? Or when we might get snowed in? What do I do about the times when I might need my laptop at home?

I know my brain well enough to know that tomorrow’s weather is the farthest thing from my mind at quitting time. If only there was a way to have the Internet tell me whether to take home my computer. And just like that, here comes IFTTT to save the day!



Using IFTTT I’ve set a couple of recipes to remind me when I should take my laptop home from work. I used the Date & Time trigger to text my phone every Friday afternoon with a reminder, and the weather channel to text me when there might be snow the next day.

One less thing I have to squeeze into this crowded brain of mine. What about you? Got any IFTTT tips you can recommend?

Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push Challenge – Day 1

Chalene Johnson talks a lot about priorities in day one of of the 30 Day Push Challenge. Priorities aren’t something I normally think much about as part of my existing productivity system, of which I am rather proud. To determine priorities, I somewhat arbitrarily assign projects a score of 1-3 for importance and urgency. While this helps me identify and fight against the tyranny of the urgent, it doesn’t seem like a very strategic approach to setting priorities. I’m hoping Chalene’s approach is more goal-oriented.
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