I read this item on BoingBoing:
My parents are moving out of the home I grew up in next month, which means I have to go through all my stuff and get rid of most of it. I’m donating my old clothes and manga and stashing away photo albums in a storage box, but my biggest dilemma is this: what should I do with my high school CD collection?...and I thought a few things; you might say that I had an epiphany:
- I remember when I bought my first CDs and my first CD player, in 1985 (I actually got some CDs first, so that I’d have something to play when I bought the player). I thought the technology was so cool, so leading-edge. Timeless. And, here, Lisa Katayama (who’s obviously lots younger than I, but still in an intermediate generation, so she knows what CDs are — will today’s kids ever bother with them at all?) "[doesn’t] even have a CD player anymore." Are CDs going the way of 8-track tapes?
- None of the music she talks about considering whether to save is anything I’d ever THINK of listening to. (Well, except for the Cranberries; I actually do have a Cranberries CD, but that’s the group she’s rejecting most definitively.)
- Comment 4 gives some really useful advice, and I wonder if I should do that. See photo to the right. The rack on the left is classical; the one on the right is everything else.
- I realized that I could take those two racks of CDs and stick all the music on them onto a single hard drive that I can hold in the palm of my hand, even if I chose a lossless option. Working some round numbers, 2000 CDs with an average of 500 MB used on each comes to 1 TB. Here are a couple of 1 TB drives for under $100 each (as I write this). The iomega one is even in a groovy “midnight blue” colour.
- Reading the comments reminds me of the rather violent slang we have for transferring music to and from CDs: we rip them and burn them. Why is that?