Death of the CD
by: Justin Tate
Iām a tech junkie and proud of it. Part of my job is staying up on the latest and greatest thing out that will be outdated in 6 months. Put an āiā in front of it youāve got my attention, andĀ if it might make my life a little easier Iāll probably buy it. Technology has changed the music industry so much, mostly good but the one thing Iām still dinosaur about is buying CDās.
I have yet to purchase one thing off ofĀ iTunes or any other digital music stores.
Hell, I wonāt even order a CD off the ānet unless I canāt find it local. Iām like a kid at Christmas tearing through the plastic so I can pop it in as quick as possible. I know Iām eventually going to be forced out of my ways and start all the downloading but Iām riding the train until the bitter end. I love my iPod because I can have my whole music collection on me at all times but thatās where the affair ends.
Itās evident that itās coming to an end every time you walk into a store. The music aisle keeps dwindling down andĀ now it just seems to be whatās on top of the charts. I get theĀ positive pointsĀ of being able to streamline, chiefly being that you donāt have to deal with plastic cases and scratched disc. But, IĀ still have a shelf with God knows how many of the old thingsĀ proudly displayed. Itās aĀ muralĀ to my musical addiction. Some are embarrassing, some make me smile, and yet there are others I wanna throw out because of the memories they rehash that I wanna forget but donāt wanna lose.
I donāt get the same feelings scrolling past them in my iPod.
Iām sure Iām in the minority here. Downloading is easy, usually cheaper and you donāt have to wait out lines or worry about it being in stock. It just seems very disposable to me. I love hearing stories from the 60ā²s and 70ā²s about the old record stores.
People used to just hang out listening and talking about music. Iām still jealous of not having that growing up. While they still do exist I wasnāt lucky enough to have one anywhere near me.
The closest thing I had was Hastings and thought I hit the jackpot when Best Buy opened up. Just looking through the albums and talking to people about what hey were getting, I could stay in there for hours. I still think Best Buy should have had me on commission for all the people I helped with the āI just heard this song and donāt know who sings itā albums I helped sell.
My favorite thing was to play my musical version of Russian Roulette, just pick a CDĀ of somebody Iāve never heard of and buy it. I canāt tell you how many crappy CDās I bought from that damn game but I found a few great ones. The Great Divide was one of the bands I found that way. All the crap was worth finding that one band. At the time it was the only way I had to discover new music.
This hasnāt really been about our kind of music but Iām trying to tie it all together. The thing I love most are the little things that come with the album. The cover art, liner notes, seeing who they thanked and who wrote what song. Our artists do a tremendous job ofĀ making you want the disc over the download in my opinion. Just the last few that have been released recently with Stoneyās fuzzy cover and Reckless Kellyās slide show are enough to make me drop my coins on them. Most of the bands around here do a pre-sale with autographs and they keep surprising me with amazing cover art.
They are keeping the dinosaur alive as long as they can.
I canāt imagine a Todd Snider album without being able to flip through the semi coherent ramblings that come with them. Iām sure itās not a big deal to a lot of people. To me it makes it seem real in a way I donāt think iTunes could ever duplicate.