We’re in the process of moving, and purging has me in a quandry of what to do with our music collection. We have ALOT of music. Someone is picking up the guitar DAILY. With the introduction of digitalization and the Internet since the 90’s, so much has changed.
We used to have a wood cabinet with a turn-table, radio and speakers for our vinyl records. I still have a few of those. How about you? I recall dancing in our basement like a crazy kid to cranked up Elton John, Question Mark & the Mysterians, and so many others…
(photo credit: ilovemywifeandstarwars – 1967 Fisher Regent R-592-IP (Italian Provencial) Vintage stereo console )
Then came the 8 track cassette. I don’t recall a portable 8-track cassette player; however, fun story: my Mom had purchased a beautiful soft camel-colored, convertible Rolls-Royce once owned by Barbra Streisand. When we took it out for a spin, I noticed it had an 8 track cassette player – and Mom actually had some 8 track cassettes that we cranked up!
Then came the cassette tapes – which I still have from my daze in Japan… more than 200 of them!
Two years ago, I made the investment into an analog (cassette) to digital (CD) device, but haven’t used it once. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with all those cassettes…
Let’s say each cassette has 60 minutes of music. And I have 200+ cassettes… that’s 12,000 hours of recording time!! At a 40 hour work week, 50 working weeks of the year, I MIGHT be able to get them onto CD’s IN SIX YEARS!!
The little plastic box, the tape, the plastic cassette itself – my Green-Consciousness is going C R A Z Y; not to mention the original artwork, and inserts with lyrics and credits on them.
Then came the CD’s … I haven’t counted how many of those I have, but probably near 600! From originals, to ones made from my husband’s band: Shades; to one’s made from my son’s Joe’s band: Isaac’s Horizon.
And here we are today: iTunes, Google Play, Pandora and so many more. All digital.
My husband must have 600 songs in his iTunes library, along with an external hard drive of at least that many more, different songs.
In our automobiles, we all have XM radio – which we all love. (I gotta admit ‘though, sometimes I miss Wolfman Jack!) Although nearly all of our cars have CD players, not one of us has used them.
So, what would you do?