April 24, 2008
Dear CNET members,
It's hard to believe that 10 years ago the first few MP3 players were released. I remember in the late '90s, while MP3s were just still in its infant stage, I was still a CD addict--buying them as quickly as new albums were released--thinking CDs were the best thing since sliced bread. Today, the music landscape has changed completely as online music downloads has become a way of life for many of us. After reading the latest MP3 Insider blog entry by CNET editor Donald Bell, titled: "'98 to '08: What we lost along the way", he really got me all nostalgic and reminiscing of all the way things use to be before all my music became ones and zeros on my hard drive.
Today, I no longer have a dedicated wall in my house for my proud CD collections (sorted by genre in alphabetical order). All the portable CD players have been replaced by MP3 players and those standalone CD players are no longer staple household items. While these few physical things I don't miss so much, what I do miss is the social aspect of having tangible media--and as Donald puts it in his blog, "Borrowing physical media also involves face-to-face interaction, often times leading to great conversations. The modern age of copying, uploading, and linking to music has allowed me to discover new music at a much faster rate, but those discoveries seem much less personal." I think I miss that the most, but heck, enough of what I think, how about you? Read Donald's great blog entry and tell us: What do you miss about how you experienced music 10 years ago? Has today's technology made you feel more or less connected to the bands and musicians behind the music you hear today? Has the shuffle feature on your MP3 player introduced you to new music, or has it just erased your attention span? Do you still buy CDs? Or has nothing really changed for you? Many other members have already left their mark in the discussion. So whatever is on your mind, let's reminisce together and share your thoughts on this, by telling us what you think. We are all ears. Have fun and enjoy!
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Music: '98 to '08: What we lost along the way
In a recent MP3 Insider blog post titled: "'98 to '08: What we lost along the way", CNET editor Donald Bell takes a 10 year step back in time and compares it to today's music landscape from the medium shift to the revolution of MP3s. After reading the blog, here are what a few members had to say:
"I buy a lot of music, mostly from eMusic and OtherMusic (my mp3 music library is at about 180GB). It's clear that I have embraced this means of owning & managing music via PC. However, here are some odd things I miss about owning stacks of CDs: 1) Feeling committed to giving an album a chance because I paid $15 for it and the CD is staring at me..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member SprkJonz
"To better understand why I hang onto my CD's, let me start by saying a couple of things I won't stand for in my media are censorship and aspect-ratio reduction. In short, I hate feeling like I've been shortchanged when I buy and watch or listen to something with the expectation of it being a fair representation of the original. There is no way, at least in my opinion..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member crimsonfenix
"I remember when my dad left to work in another country, and one of the most meaningful things I had to remember him was his LP and CD collection. He always wrote all over the covers, imprinting special dates, signatures of his friends and his own, even autographs. In the covers or folders, I used to find pictures of him, concerts he went to and more. The music..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member cayucodies
"I still buy CD's. I love looking at the linear notes, find out who the production is, what engineer did what. It helps me better appreciate the music. I can then search out that producer's credits if I really like his work. Sure I have a digital music player, but I use wav files and top quality headphones. And while I use to use MP3's, when I streamed it to my hi fi..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member darrenassey
Now it's your turn to speak up. What do you miss about how you experienced music 10 years ago? Has today's technology made you feel more or less connected to the bands and musicians behind the music you hear today? Has the shuffle feature on your iPod opened you to new music, or just erased your attention span? We all would like to know what you think.
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