I do not remember the last time I actually purchased an album on a CD.
OK, I do. There was a recent anomaly. Let me tell you, I seriously admire an artist willing to think "outside the box" to sell a traditional product in a progressive market. If you know what my recent purchase was, DON'T SPOIL. I'm looking at you, Esperanza. Hands off the comment box. It's a surprise. I don't know when it will arrive. It's having a hell of a time getting through U.S. customs. Haha!
Anyway, IN GENERAL, I listen to music on my computer. I haven't owned a machine designed for the purpose of CD playing since college. And even then, it was sort of cute and old-school. Nowadays, all the music I listen to is in mp3 format on my hard drive or iPod.
This past week, I dug a bunch of my old CDs and Mr. G's out of storage and arranged them on our huge CD shelves that we inherited from musical ex-roomie Froseph. Back in the '90s, it seemed like we had a MILLION BAJILLION CDs. But wow, they look so scanty here! I often listen to playlists on my computer consisting of many thousands of songs. Music storage and enjoyment has become so very convenient these past few years.
I remember having a record player as a small child. That was what people still used. All our family Christmas albums were ALBUMS, and they were played on a giant piece of furniture in the living room. Then, by the time I was a teen, cassette tapes had all but eliminated new record sales. And it was so amazing to be able to tape stuff, including songs off the radio--even though the DJ always cut off the beginning and end of the song. By the time I had my first babysitting jobs and my own income, all the music I purchased was on CDs. They were so new and cool! And now, in my late 20s, they are still sold widely but falling out of favor at a time when everybody and their mom and grandma has an mp3 player.
Publishing blogs are always talking about whether ebooks will destroy the whole book industry. But all the analog-to-digital-to-easily-shared format changes in music did not (despite decades of end-times wailing) kill the pop music industry. I've always taken the perspective that technological advances cannot be suppressed for any length of time, and any wise person knows that adaptation is vital and wishing for the "good old days" is utterly useless... and boring.
I do not fear the end of the publishing industry, and so I plow ahead on my work in progress, while listening to my wealth of mp3s.
I've had a lot of fun this week, though, ripping my old '90s CDs and adding them to my playlist. Wow, what a dark and angsty decade that was. But such raw artistry in songwriting and instrumentation. I'm falling in love all over again with tiny, gritty details like the itty bitty squeak of a real finger scooting across a real fret board.
I think it's glorious to unite the best parts of the old with the best features of the new.
I'm curious. Anyone reading this post, what's the last actual CD you purchased, and why? And how do you feel about ebooks vs. paper tomes?