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They don't put CD players in new cars. Instead you get an auxiliary input, a USB input, and a computer that will instantly sync to your phone so you can listen to whatever you listen to at the office and the gym.

The first time this made me sad was yesterday; I was browsing through CDs at the library, but decided not to check anything out because I couldn't listen to it in the car. I'd gotten in the habit of checking out a CD whenever I was at the library, listening to it for a couple of weeks in the car, and returning it; I never even bothered adding them to iTunes or anything.

My first CD player was a gift from my mom - a Sony boombox she bought for me the summer before I left for college. I still own it, although the last thing it was used for was propping up tree branches so Roger and I could run a chainsaw through them; the tape deck was long dead and the CD player had finally started working only sporadically. The first CD I ever bought was Queen's Innuendo, and I can remember playing it like yesterday - I listened to the final track, Who Wants To Live Forever," first. I also read magazines backwards for some reason.

Next I got my first portable CD player - the Sony Discman. The original one had no skip protection so you had to listen to it immobile, which I mostly was at the time anyway. What I recall mostly is borrowing CDs from this dude I worked with at Prudential who showed up to work each day with about 500 hip-hop CDs, in one of those massive carrying cases. This was when I was simultaneously introduced to the Wu-Tang Clan and the realization that you have no job security.

The best CD player I ever owned was a Sony 300-disc changer; you'd load this beast up with a fifth of your collection and have a blast. You could manually add CD info but it was incredibly time-consuming - hours of spinning wheels and pushing buttons just to make the display say: VAN HALEN II. I don't think you could add song info, but I know at some point I bought a CD where the title info was preloaded so the player recognized it; in hindsight, this was probably the beginning of the demise. In any case, this CD player, I'd put it on random every night when I got home from work and not turn it off till morning.

My most recent CD player was a portable one I bought from Amazon a while ago. I keep meaning to plug it into my car's AUX port and see if it'll play without skipping, but maybe I won't get around to it, maybe I'll just keep streaming music from my phone. Having extra wires around seems to take the romance out of the thing - like you wanna plug your music right into the dashboard and hit the gas. LPs and tapes have both enjoyed a resurgence; like there's still something romantic about both, but will that ever be the case with CDs?


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Oct. 28th, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)
Oddly, we bought a CD player for Henrietta for her birthday and made her a bunch of CDs. She loves being able to pick which one she wants to listen to.
Oct. 28th, 2016 04:16 am (UTC)
There's hope! Depending on her musical preferences, I have a crapload she can borrow or just take off my hands. :)
Oct. 28th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)
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