Clouds and Cassette Tapes
A comment made recently by my good friend Chauncey got me to thinking. He commented that his first musical purchase had also been Def Leppard – Hysteria and added that it was on cassette. Mine also had been on cassette, and this got me to thinking about the whole technology thing. When I was a kid we all bought cassettes. I had about 20-30 cassette tapes when I was young, a modest start compared to my current library of music. Then came birth and death of the Compact Disc, followed by the rise of the mighty mp3. I have always felt that I was part of that rise seeing as how I was downloading mp3 in large numbers in the end of 1997 and early 1998. While people were still buying CDs in large numbers, I was already deeply entrenched in Mp3s. I also saw the rise and fall of illegal file sharing clients Napster and Kazaa (both are now in legal formats)
That being said, it made me think about my latest obsession in music, “The Cloud”. For those who don’t know, a Cloud is a pool of resources stored in an unknown location that multiple users can access. Netflix streaming service is an example of this. Movies are stored some where on the world wide web, and subscribers can access them from there computer or portable device where ever they have a internet access.
As some have seen, I have become obsessed with Spotify but my first music experience with a cloud was actually with Amazon’s Cloud Player. They started the service a while back that allowed you to save your Amazon Mp3 purchases on there cloud drive and stream them with there cloud player. It was pretty cool service but it limited you to music you actually owned. (which we all should support the artist we love!) Then came the U.S. launch of Spotify. I won’t go in depth into details about Spotify since I have already posted on it recently.
What Chauncey got me thinking about was how I had now moved on with my technology. For some time now I’ve kind of laughed at the idea of the CD. It seems so old school to me, much like cassettes or the 8-track to the rest of the world. (and maybe vinyl to some) Now I’m in the beginning stages of thinking the same thing about Mp3’s. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we will start deleting our Mp3s tomorrow, but I think we will all start seeing the transition to cloud computing. I think there will still be some of us who still want something physical to put in our hands (atleast from time to time), but certainly the young people buying music these days don’t know that feeling.
So to for all those who have signed up for Spotify is a link to a very random playlist I have been creating. It is a playlist that will continue to grow so feel free to check back. If you don’t have spotify you should! (I have 7 invites left if anyone doesn’t want to wait)
Spotify link for Random Dittys found here.