How to Organize My Music

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.

Here was what my summer recording set up looked like.

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.