Out With the Old (Cassettes & CDs)

I went out to buy some blank CDs this weekend and I had a really hard time finding any.

I went to a big-box electronic store and all they had were blank DVDs.

The next store I went to only had a small pack of coloured discs and they were rather expensive. I just wanted a cheap spindle of blank CDs. There were tons of DVD-R packages and they seemed to be reasonable priced, but there werne’t any CDs.

I guess people aren’t buying them anymore. I think most people download stuff directly to their computers and then to their MP3 players. I can’t do that though. I don’t have enough memory on my computer to store much in the way of music. That’s why I rely on CD-Rs.

I don’t want CDs to disappear the same way I never wanted cassette tapes to disappear.

This was my tape back in the day, The Sony HF 90 minute. I taped all my albums and cassettes so I could have travel versions for my walkman. Most albums tended to be about 45 minutes so I could easily fit two albums on one tape. That was awesome!

In fact, when I first heard that cassette tapes would no longer be manufactured by the major companies, I went out and bought a slew of them.

I bought my tapes just like this, in ten packs. I only bought Sony HF 60s or 90s though. They were quite simply the best tapes on the market, in my humble opinion. In fact, I still have quite a few of them left and they still play.

I like having music on a tangible product, tapes or CDs. But I think those days are over.

I’m not so old school that I don’t see the potential in this new digital age though. I wish I could have my entire music collection online and available to me whenever I wanted. However, my collection is so huge, I doubt that will happen any time soon.

So how about you? Do you use CD-Rs anymore? Do you still have some cassette tapes? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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2 responses to “Out With the Old (Cassettes & CDs)”

  1. Hi Chase .. I haven't really caught up yet! I still use CDs .. though I want to buy an ipod docker to use here .. and then I guess CDs will go the way of all things. But I did buy some audios the other day .. that I hope my tape deck will play (it was a bit on the out ..) – so let's hope when I get there. Never quite made the DVD era .. but have one or two here to view on a mini DVD player I've got …

    I know we have favourite things .. and I disappear off and buy up stock .. so I don't miss out ..

    Technology is great – but there are down sides! Cheers Hilary

  2. Hi Hilary,

    I find it interesting that DVDs don't seem to be going anywhere. They really can't improve on them enough for people to want to switch to Blu-Ray or another format.

    People still have huge DVD collections so I think DVDs are going to be safe for a while. CDs on the other hand are disappearing.

    I don't know if I need to go and hoard CD-Rs. I always could use SD cards or thumb drives to store music too. But for the meantime, I will buy blank CDs when I need them.

    Have a good day!