The digital age has almost completely changed the way we collect & manage our music. You may still buy CD‘s or Vinyl, but it seems that now almost everyone has an electronic copy on their computer. Some people have ditched buying physical copies of music entirely, others have never known anything than downloads from the internet.
It’s also brought a seemingly endless choice of music right at our fingertips. We no longer have to rely on the radio or TV to tell us about new music, we now have the internet. As well as providing somewhere to download music from, it’s also an information highway filled with almost anything you’d like to know about an artist, album or song.
It’s also brought a huge sense of convenience. You no longer have to find your nearest CD shop to buy new music. You can now download an album within minutes and have it on your iPod before you know it. Speaking of iPod’s, you can now store thousands of albums within a small device and carry around most of/all of your music collection with you to listen to whenever you want (another wonder of the digital age).
But, with change brings skepticism. It’s not exactly unwarranted either. The digital age has brought some changes to music which some aren’t entirely comfortable with. I guess the main one is the whole experience of buying something physical. With CD’s & Vinyl’s you could really appreciate the “package”. Of course, the music is the main thing, but there’s the artwork, the lyrics booklet & the actual feeling of going into a shop and “browsing” for something you like. The touch, the smell, it all seems more “human” than a digital download is. You maybe appreciate it more as well, cause you’ve gone to more effort to get it as well as been something physical to hold.
So, where do I stand? Well, I think the choice & convenience we now have in the digital age outweighs most of the negatives. But, there’s still huge value in listening to albums and I think it’s always nice to have a physical copy of an album (especially one that you really connected with). In an ideal world you would have physical copies of the stuff you love, with the stuff you maybe just like as a digital download. I think it’s a shame that the high street has been affected, but until CD shops somehow modernise themselves to work alongside the digital age, they will continue to struggle.
Were do you stand on this? I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts and I hope this article has got you thinking.