Saturday, November 12th, 2011

That Old CD Collection

Back in the early 1980s, my best friend's dad had an extensive collection of vinyl albums in his basement. As I recall, he had shelving that filled an entire wall. Album after album after album. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd. You name it, he had it. My parents had a stack of records, but this guy had a collection. Eventually, we moved away. My friend's family moved away, too. I never had the chance to see what happened with all of those albums. Did he pack them up and replace them with CDs in the 1990s? Did he keep them in storage? Did he ever make the jump to digital music?

In one of my high school public speaking classes, I was given an article from the US Today to share with my classmates. The topic was the death of vinyl and the emergence of compact discs. I never had many vinyl albums or 45s as a kid. My collection primarily consisted of Disney songs, Spider-Man and Batman adventures, and eventually Michael Jackson and early Duran Duran. I had a few cassettes, but quickly assembled a decent collection of CDs. Several years ago, I converted our entire collection to iTunes. We purchase all of our music online these days.

After several years in our house, we are redecorating. Susan always wanted an old card catalog. One of her friends found one, and it's perfect. Next Saturday, we need to make a short trek to pick it up. Of course, that presents a challenge. We know the ideal location for the card catalog, and that means our old shelves are moving. Here's the dilemma: what to do with our CD collection. In the short-term, they'll be moved down to our basement. Weren't not hoarders, but I'm hesitant to toss or donate my CDs. What if something happens to our iTunes library? It seems like a perfect method to retrieve music. But, I don't necessarily want our CDs leading the Occupy Our Basement movement.

I'll admit that I poked around Humzoo searching for answers. I thought someone posted a blog about a similar situation, but I can't seem to find it. Perhaps it was posted somewhere else. So, does anyone have suggestions? Any help would be appreciated.

On a side note, while searching I did find two blogs that I posted in the early days of Humzoo. One dealt with album art, and the other dealt with LPs. I enjoyed reading them again.

Tags:  music
1 Comment
I've had the same issue for a while. All of ours are still in boxes in the garage, but we haven't used them in at least 5 years. It feels so permanent to give them away.
girlcarew   Sunday, November 13, 2011
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