Obviously download speeds are a lot faster than they were in 2003 but I totally agree with wanting something tangible and downloads are best reserved for porn.
Posted: Jun 28, 2003 - 9:16 PM
By: La La Land Records (Member)
Speaking just as a consumer I'm very disapointed in this "experiment." I, for one, like to hold something tangible in my hand. The only things I ever download is the occasional free program or porn.
Plus, I do NOT like ordering directly from Varese because they use UPS as a postage service.
Downloading is a pain in the ass most of the time. Things take too long, they are corrupted, etc. . .
I'd rather take my chances, drive over to the local Tower or Best Buy and buy a CD ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.
Downlaoding songs is one thing, but entire score cds is just plain lame. To say it is easier to spend the time and money to download a score then burn it to CD is EASIER than getting off your fat ass and going down to the local "Record Shop" is just plain retarded. Yes, I could grow and cultivate my own vegatables, but I'd rather walk over to the local store (or produce stand) and buy freshly picked ones.
Call me old fashioned, but I'd take a good old fashioned CD any day of the week.
Hehehe... Well, in 2003 I was very sceptical too about downloads, but I would have had to burn them onto CD back then anyway, as my home system wasn't ready to handle them anyway. Now in 2021, it takes seconds to download an entire album in high-res from legitimate sources, so things have changed.
Hehehe... Well, in 2003 I was very sceptical too about downloads...
The only choice back then was mp3 files, and mp3s from the 1990s and early 2000s were nowhere near as good as they have become in more recent years. I am still reluctant to purchase mp3s, but will occasionally do so in a pinch to get specific tracks.
In the LP era writ large, vinyl was all the public ever had, and they would mainly handle their vinyl with grubby fingers on record grooves, leaving them out in the open for dust mites to feast, and wreaking havoc on said grooves by going AWA-AWA with two turntables and a mic-a-phone. Sure, others gingerly handled their vinyl at the edges like first borns in zero-g space bubbles, then proceeded to sip cheese and eat wine, but they are of their own era.
That took me back! I was one of the "others". I handled a vinyl LP a short while ago but the habit of how to take it out of the inner sleeve was still there! Hold sleeve, edge onto right palm, middle finger onto centre label, then left palm onto other edge.
Remember how we used to make sure the opening of the inner sleeve was at 90 degrees to the cover so it didn't accidentally slip out?
And being horrified, if you accidentally put your grubby mitt onto the grooves!
I think the way I handled LP's was so engrained, it transferred a bit into how I handle CD's. Though obviously less fussed. I have my Star Trek:Astral Symphony CD from 1990 - which, though looks damaged, still plays beautifully.
I think I've just reminded myself why I don't miss vinyl. Though the below is interesting. Apart from 45rpm 7" singles, I don't recall an LP ever being sold without an inner sleeve!