CD or MP3? DAT is the Question
Because I’m curious (and looking for an excuse to use Polldaddy), please indicate your preferred format for collecting recorded music. Just to clarify, I’m inquiring as to what you predominantly own, not how you typically listen (which could be the same, of course).
If you’re wondering, my preference is compact disc. And for your enjoyment, I jogged the old noggin to recollect all of my first purchases in various formats over time (year of purchase is indicated in parentheses):
Cassette (1981): Queen “Flash Gordon” (Soundtrack)
7″ Single (1982): Joey Scarsbury “The Greatest American Hero”
Vinyl LP (1983): Glenn Miller “A Memorial 1944-1969”
12″ Single (1984): Murray Head “One Night In Bangkok”
VHS tape (1985): “Duran Duran”
Compact Disc (1988): Bauhaus back catalog (5 CDs)
CD Single (1988): Bauhaus “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
DVD (2000): “Austin Powers”
MP3 (2001): Various Steel Fish Records releases
Blu-ray (2009): “George Michael: Live In London”
During the heyday of sites like Napster and Gnutella, I was probably one of the few folks purchasing and legally downloading MP3s—I got those Steel Fish releases from the now-defunct iCrunch.com (paid quite a bit for 160 kbps files). Perhaps not surprisingly, I no longer possess any of the products listed above, with the exception of the last item (which was a gift for Mrs. Shelf).
I encourage you to share your own ‘format firsts’ (no matter how embarrassing) in the comment section.