I’m Getting Old

July 5, 2007 — 1 Comment

Silicon User on the History of the Compact Disc

I’m old enough to remember LP’s being on sale but I never owned a record player. At that time LP’s were half a music store, the other half were cassettes.  

My first Hi-Fi/ Music system was a twin cassette tape system that allowed recording from one tape to the other as well as recording from radio. No comment on what I used that functionality for 🙂

I can remember some years later plugging a Discman portable device into the box, suffice to say the experience wasn’t great. 

I never knew the CD dated back to the late 70’s, early 80s. I can remember specifically my Uncle in Newcastle recording music on a Hi-Fi VHS tape, apparently the quality of those recordings was far superior than tape or LP. I can even remember when Laser Discs sort of became popular (I don’t know how big they were, but they were really, really big). I say sort of because they never really took off, but some video stores did have a rack of Laser Discs, at least in the late 80s, early 90s.

Of course the next generation probably wont even know what a CD is. The next gen will only know digital downloads. In 30 years time I’ll be the old fogey reminiscing about what once was, and was never again.

One part of me still wishes I was born earlier: I would still have loved to be a Spitfire Pilot, but the other half of me wouldn’t change it for the world, because Gen X will be remembered in 100 years time as the generation that changed the world.