Throw Out Your CDs

By John Paul Jarvis

I am not a Mac person. I wanted a computer, not to join a religious cult.

Back in the stone age of digitization, I got trapped in the Sony battle for VCR dominance, and although at the time Sony had the highest quality and unquestionably the best reputation, they lost in the consumer arena. I pledged that I would never again get caught with other than the most popular electronic product in the marketplace, thus my acquiescence to Microsoft’s dominance.

I did my formal computer training, learning Photoshop and Illustrator, using Macs, and appreciate the product from a user perspective. I recognize that now most of the key features transcend both platforms and can be found in both PCs and Macs and, as things have evolved, Microsoft implemented many of the features that were offered by Apple, now rendering them equally user friendly. I know the Mac underground is sharpening its talons at this blasphemy, but the truth is the truth.

As explained in my bio, I have a love of music that has been a life-long romance. I sang in school choirs as a child and then church choirs until nature altered that, and then I took a couple of years of piano lessons, taught myself to play classical guitar at 20, took up the piano later in life, and today, play both frequently.

With all that said, I have been cajoled by my son to accept the iPod by Apple as the next music medium subsequent to compact disc. Apple simply owns music at this point.

As with most parents, I was reticent, but when I saw the ease of use and the simple fact that I could have my full music collection with me at all times, it made me re-evaluate. I have 5,300 songs, rotate several audio books on my unit, and have barely touched the ample memory of iPod classic.

The fact that Apple is the only manufacturer to find a financial model that makes money regardless of the market mayhem over intellectual property demonstrates its superiority. The recording industry has begun to transfer titles to the Apple Store, permitting me to buy directly on-line. There is a significant consumer backlash over what has been belatedly recognized by the public as gouging on the part of the CD producers. File sharing sites have hurt them badly.

The media changes over this time have all been significant improvements from vinyl records, 8 track by no less than Bill Lear of Lear Jet, cassettes and compact disc by Phillips, each offering more and more portability.

The iPod, introduced in 2007, has sold over 100 million units, making it the standard for years to come.

One Response to “Throw Out Your CDs”

  1. Robert Munn | 03.15.12 at 1:48 PM said…

    ya ya ya……..I know. I know! But I do love my vinyl records and the CD’s I continue to buy. The CD’s give me information I enjoy….who is in the band, who is guest artist, who is that guy playing the Dobro…..etc. I do thank the download world for making CD’s that used to be expensive……now affordable. Best example of late is 80 Bob Dylan covers for $20..can’t beat that!!!