I love music! I started my collection when I was a child with vinyl records (you know those big black shiny things called LPs that spun around on a turntable at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute.) The records soon got replaced by cassette tapes. I bought hundred of tapes. Then CDs came into the mix. I held out for as long as I could.
I argued that Compact Discs were an oxymoron. They were not compact at all. They actually took up more room than my trusty cassettes. I could go out with my Walkman and stuff three tapes in one of my jeans’ pockets and four tapes in another. I could then have plenty of music for a day out. I wasn’t even able to fit one CD into my jeans so I kept buying cassettes.
I was buying tapes when the record stores were fazing them out. I owned over a hundred cassettes by the time I gave in to the new format. I realized it was pointless trying to keep cassettes alive and I started buying CDs in the early to mid 1990’s. Since then I have acquired quite the collection.
This summer, I started a project to organize my collection. I rented a CD burner deck that I could plug my tape deck directly into. This way I was able to transfer my old cassette tapes to the CD format. It was a long and slow process, as I had to record in real time and monitor each recording to insert the track divisions. It was worth it though. I now have my cassettes on CD, which is definitely a plus since it has become increasing more difficult to even find tape decks in this day and age.
Technology moves way too fast. I mean I just got used to CDs and now the format has changed again. I might be one of the last holdouts. I love buying albums. I don’t want to buy music files for my computer. I want the whole experience. I want to open up the packaging, admire the artwork, read the credits, and explore each new album that I buy. With digital music on MP3s, that is missing. The only plus I can see is that it is a lot more manageable. I mean my tapes, CDs, and vinyl take up so much room. But that is a story for tomorrow.