Which is your preferred way of listening to your favourite tunes.
I dont own an i-pod yet but will be investing in one soon.
When CD's were first produced i was determined not to surrender to the multi-corporations & resisted as long as i could but i soon gave in as the variety of CD's included all my musical tastes & i own more than a few in my collection.
But for about the last 18 months i have been buying heaps of cassettes from everyone from Midnight Oil's first 2 albums to some early Radio Birdman, REM, Chisel, Angels, Sunnyboys etc & just recently i managed to find Chisels Teenage Love on cassette which i thought was extremely rare.
Sound wise you cant ignore the advancement of modern technology but i just love the old hissing sound of the cassettes starting up & clicking off when the side runs out especially some of the old blues stuff like Johnny Winter, Chain etc.
Even my new car needs to have a cassette player in it as a priority otherwise i will be looking elsewhere.
I still have an old Walkman that keeps on going so if anyone does have an i-pod ( and i'm probably the only one who hasn't got one yet ) then would you recommend me investing in one knowing that my tastes are so "yesterday" & using all 3 options to listen to music.
You forgot to mention vinyl. As I've mentioned in other posts, vinyl has a higher quality sound than any digital sound can produce. Even the latest single of Jim's the 45 "Red Hot", as soon as i put the 45 on i could notice the difference straight away compared to the poorer quality digital sound on the CD. Maybe it's just me! And that was only a 45, a 12 inch single will reproduce an even better quality sound. CD's are great to copy your vinyl on to conveniently listen to them in the car or elsewhere, just like we did when we recorded our records onto cassette tapes years ago.
Digital is also the poorer cousin when it comes to photography. A cheap 35mm film camera can still produce a higher quality photo than a top of the line Digital camera such as the Nikon D3x which comes in at around $10,000.00. Even my 30 year old 35mm Kodachrome slides can be scanned to produce a larger and higher quality file than any digital camera around today can produce. Medium and Large format cameras are miles ahead yet again. Maybe one day they will make a Digital camera that will be as good as a film camera, but they haven't made one yet.
As for cassettes, i spent a lot of time years ago copying my vinyl onto them to preserve the vinyl and to have a way to listen to my records in the car with my cassette player. Luckily i never got into 8 track cartridges, i can't remember if there ever was an 8 track cartridge recorder, not for the general public anyway. I suppose cassette tapes killed off the 8 track just like how VHS killed Beta in video tapes. The sound quality from a well looked after cassette tape was comparable to a vinyl record. Though obviously not using cassette tapes, i believe there are artists still recording on Analog equipment nowadays. Maybe because they know it's a better quality sound! Peter.
Yes Peter my mistake.
Vinyl is obviously an option that i have clearly forgot about.
Ditched the turntable many years ago so i think it's time to invest in another one.
More than likely i end up with all 4 so thanks for your reply & jogging the memory bank back into use.
After not having one for over 10 years, I bought myself a turntable (now with CD & MP3 capabilities!) so that I can play all my old vinyls again.
This is great when you have the time to be in one place and listen.
But the ability to have every album and song you own or downloaded at the touch of a button on the ipod is soooo convenient.
And now having the ipod on the phone, my favourite music is always with me - sooo excellent!!
i-pod packed with Jimmy wins hands down with me. I take Jimmy with me everywhere I go, cant face the walk to work without "No Frills" blasting out sets, me up for the day & as for the 60 mile drive to get to "The Blokes" home ,could not be completed without Jimmy being with me,makes the journey just seem like just 5 mins long