Were you aware that some car manufacturers are no longer building the new models with CD players in them?? It seems that with digital and streaming availability that CD players are following the path of the eight track and cassette players.
I would think that surely I have lived too long as I watch yet another form of listening to music disappear except that I am part of the problem. It has been years since I have bought a CD. Now days I buy one song at a time for my variety of listening devices.
I have lived long enough to have seen quite a variety of players come and go. First for me was the turntable that had the capabilities to play 45, 78 and 33 1/3 rpm records.
The eight track which made our music portable followed but was replaced by the cassette which was smaller and handier. I still have a huge selection of cassettes. Then the CD came to stay for quite a while. Now we download to our favorite devices electronically. The listening to music keeps evolving.
The turntable was the first choice I had. My parents gave me my first along with a sample 45 record from the top ten list. They also gave me some money to buy more records later of my own choosing.
I was thrilled. It was not something I had asked for and wasn't aware I even wanted it. My Mom was like that, she had great imagination when it came to my gifts always knowing what I wanted before I did. However, the choice of that first record was pretty sad. Not for me but for them.
It was "O Mein Papa" by Eddie Fisher.
It was number one on the Hit Parade and I adored it. I dearly loved my own papa but when I just re-listened to it, it made me sad for the memories it invoked but also sad for my parents. Hearing that song for the hundredth time in one day as they had to must have been excruciating. "Buying more later of my own choosing" occurred the very next day.
I have bought into each upgrade in music listening. I really like today how I can electronically buy only the songs I want and the many choices of how I care to listen to them. Right now I have music playing on my computer as I type. Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" is making my feet bounce happily.
Later this morning when I go to walk on the treadmill, I will listen to my mini Genius ball speaker.
It was a gift and while the quality is not top drawer, it is surprisingly good for the size and great for those boring long walks going no where. It plays the music from a flash drive.
And when driving, I listen to my Ipod through an adapter. I understand the demise of the CD. Guilty as charged.
How do you listen and do you remember the first music you "owned?"