The digital era is upon us and I must admit, I am a fan of technology. I can’t live without the convenience of the Internet, and I’m never far from my smart phone. But there are two things that I still prefer analogue – photography and music.
I’m a big fan of analogue photography and I can proudly say that I still opt to shoot film. When it comes to music, I prefer purchasing CDs rather than digital files. Internet and iTunes have made purchasing music online easy and it is this ease that slowly pushes people to move to a digital way of living (the same can be said of photography).
In Auckland, it can be rather difficult to find stores that still sell a good variety of music on compact discs and vinyls. When I need to get a music fix, I go to a small boutique music store called Rhythm on Ponsonby Road. The lovely owners are friendly and music-savvy and can recommend you something new if you need a change (I often get them to recommend me some new artists/genre). My latest purchase is Nevermind by Nirvana and a collection by Frank Sinatra.
There are a few reasons why I prefer to purchase compact disc.
- If you were purchasing music via iTunes, you can pick songs to download. This means that you just get the songs that you like. Some might think that this is a genius idea because it means that we only get what we want. However, if you get a CD, you are encouraged to listen to a collection of songs rather than just the ones that are popular. I often find myself buying a CD because I liked a few songs and then ended up falling in love with the rest of the album. It increases my appreciation for that particular artist!
- Compact discs are tangible objects which I can touch and feel. Similar to photos, I prefer to have my photos printed and placed in an album rather than just some digital files which I can lose when my computer decides to crash. Plus, artists spend a lot of time and effort on the packaging and album artwork!
- Some CDs come with interesting liner notes, posters, photos, stickers, and various memorabilia. You can’t get that with a digital file!
What’s your favorite album? Care to share?