10 Years of the iPod
I read that it was recently the 10th anniversary of apple’s iPod. Great, 10 years of squashing music. Did the first iPods really only hold 1,000 songs? What if the songs were longer? Did it still hold 1,000?
Nope, not a fan of digitization, or MP3’s. I, for one, have been waiting on MP4’s for a while now – but it is not to be. I do like ‘lossy’ formats – I love the Sony MD! But I can’t go for MP3’s – what would I play them on? No go on my cassette, reel-to-reel, CD or DVD player – oh wait, maybe the DVD player plays MP3’s.
But I use a DVD player to play 5.1 SA-CD’s and DVD-A’s! Why would I want to use a DVD player to play MP3’s, then?
I remember scrambling to buy a Sony cassette deck, at the time when Circuit City was closing down. I finally found one with cassette machines still in the carton, but they were still expensive (over $100). But now I have a new one (circa 2006, and almost no time on the heads); my final MD machine is from 2008 – but I have certainly used that more than the cassette deck.
And if I wanted a new turntable, that wouldn’t be a problem, as 2012 approaches. Might have to replace the belts on my Sony TC-377, 399 reel-to-reel, though. 10 years of iPod? Why the hell doesn’t Best Buy (or equivalent) sell anything that records music anymore?
So, the CD will vanish while the remaining ‘record companies’ issue a multiple-disc boxed set of “Some Girls” by The Rolling Stones; “Quadrophenia” by The Who; Jethro Tull “Aqualung” etc.? And all those Pink Floyd re-re-re-re-issues!
Still never downloaded anything, really. O did once get a Thunderclap Newman demo off of petetownshend.co.uk – but that was all, honest! Can’t really see them dragging me off to debtor’s prison for that one. Nope, I ain’t Mr. Bit-torrent etc.
I am Mr. Let’s-Replace-The-Stylus, OK? Let’s get that services. Let a guy at the store calibrate the tonearm! Let’s clean that swap meet record! I have my Japanese ‘brush’ style cleaner – which will get unseen grime out of grooves, allowing a smoother trip.
I listen to a lot of SA-CD’s, which do sound pretty good – on my modest bedroom stereo. Then I’ll put on a UK 80’s 12” single (Rico Rodriguez “Jungle Music”, for example) – and the sound of that just plain old blows me away! Audiophile? You bet!
So a 30-year-old UK 12” single’s sound blows away just about all the best digital sounds I’ve ever heard. Go figure. How many of those will fit onto my iPod Shuffle device? I can get roughly 80 minutes of that sound onto a Sony MD.