Monday, May 16, 2016

CDs off the wall

Tim Jonze, writing for The Guardian, recounts the trauma of selling off his collection of nearly 1,000 compact discs, rendered obsolete by digital streaming services such as Spotify and music storage on his computer’s hard drive.

“Cracked plastic cases that contained magic and memories! Waving goodbye to them was surely going to break my heart,” Jonze laments:

Readers of a certain age will remember similar angst about ditching their vinyl records.

Vinyl, of course, came back into vogue. CDs, lacking several of vinyl’s advantages – sufficient size to accommodate arresting album art and readable liner notes, playability even when damaged – aren’t likely to make a comparable comeback.