Just in time for my first club gig in years, iTunes proudly announced today that they have the entire Madonna catalog available for download.


As a baby DJ back in the late 1980s I practiced my mixing techniques with two artists. The first was “Stars On 45” and their infamous medleys. “Stars On Stevie”. “Stars On Abba”. “Stars on The Beatles”. It went on and on. They served their task of being the first lesson in mixing very well because of the hand claps on the 2nd and 4th beat of every measure, of every medley. You just lined up the claps within a 32-beat measure and voila!, instant club mixing. All the medleys were relatively the same beats per minute so that made the task that much easier.

Mixing up Madonna tracks was like moving to the advanced class. Madonna was THE dance artist in the mid 1980s. But she varied her tempo a little. Changed up the mood a little bit. It didn’t take long to learn that “Material Girl” was not going to mix into “Justify My Love” unless you pushed it really hard, which then would result in a train wreck. The 12-inch single of “Vogue” lent itself to sampling, since the “Ladies with an attitude…” lines were a cappella. You could drop those babies over anything. You could scratch them a little bit. It was all good times.

It’s so nice to have her catalog FINALLY available on iTunes.

Also announced today – the latest version of iTunes for both Mac and Windows, as well as the iPod Nano and the Motorola lots of alphabet letters and numbers mobile phone with iTunes built in.