record city on sahara, vegas, nv.
speaking of which… walking into this store made me realize how much technology have changed the way we listen and purchase music. vinyl records was an entire generation before me so I don’t know much about it. just like the young people of today know nothing about cassette tapes only it’s old and old school. I grew up around cassette tapes and later compact discs. the problem with any tapes in general is the tape material will not last forever and can be demagnetized. it can be warped when left under the sun in your car. cd is better. but, the cd quality is as good as the shiny plastic surface. big scratches and chips on the cd’s surface will give you a hiccup during play back. I still own them and now I contemplate if I should keep them or sell it for cash at amoeba.
meant to replace the cassette tapes, the first ever compact disc was made out of all glass, developed between sony & phillips! it was groundbreaking and giant leap at the time, and now? junk. cold and fast is the core of technology business, what can you do about it?
I used to make mix-tapes on cassette for my friends, the best! then segued into cd compilations when I started to buy a massive amount of used cds. I owned 2000 discs at the peak. had to rip and convert to .wav format, burn 1x or 2x speed while avoiding buffer over or under-run problems.
remember md- yeah, remember those things? I made mix-tapes on md for a while, but it was a sony thing, big in japan, never entered the mainstream in the u.s.
then came the mp3… I initially thought mp3 was just a fluke. a friend of mine told me about this latest thing, some genius from germany developed this loss-less music format that will replace the midi format, the wav format, eventually everything on a pc will be mp3, and further way later it will dethrone the compact disc. I was like whatever dude, compact disc is the king because you can print nice artwork on it, people appreciate nice lyric booklet. then the rest was history.
music shops were still selling cds around 2005, tower records was still selling cds with mp3 players lurking somewhere back of the store. barnes & noble had a cd section. bestbuy started out marketing themselves as a giant cd store with electronics as secondary. even target stores had a big music section. cd players then became compatible with wav and mp3 formats.
one day cd player sales nosedived because e3 and comdex featured the portable media players slash flash drives, then archos, diamond, sandisk, creative, microsoft, apple rolled out a whole bunch of them. fujifilm added mp3 player onyo their digital cameras. or was it digital camera onto a mp3 player. that was whack. and then there was the era of pda, yeah remember those money wasters?
and then this one guy out of cupertino, california, came out with the crazy idea of combining everything with a phone, hello, overkill! you know how that turned out :)