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On the scene – Then it was Pokeman, now it’s iPod

Music has changed a great deal since I was a teenager ” which was about 4,000 years ago! Not only does the music sound differently than it did when I was younger, but the things we can do with it have also changed.

When I was in high school, my best friend got a car record player. This was before 8-track tapes and cassettes, of course, and it was a short-lived concept, largely because the 45 rpm “singles” would literally melt in the car. The other drawback was that no matter how much stabilizing the record player had, it would skip when we cruised Whittier Boulevard and Bob’s Big Boy.

Car tape players changed all that. Then, in 1984, a friend who owned Zed Records in Long Beach called to tell me he had just returned from England, and they had these amazing things called CD players. By that time, my shelves were full of vinyl albums, but I realized the compact disc format was the way to go. After listening to Talking Heads at the stereo store on CD, I was sold. My 1984-era compact disc player cost $1,000, weighed about 20 pounds and played a single CD.

When tapes ruled the music scene, I loved to make compilation tapes of my favorite songs. Little did I know that it would be decades before I could do that with CDs.

This last winter I vowed to learn how to burn CDs and make compilations of my favorite songs. It turned out to be frighteningly easy, and now I’m hooked. I’m rapidly filling the music library on my Mac, spending spare time feeding it scores of CDs. It not only lists all the music, it alphabetizes the CDs and cross-sorts by genre. How does it know?

When my music library starts to fill up with thousands of CDs, I will begin downloading selections to my iPod. Then the grandkids and I can spend “quality time” plugged into our iPods, each nodding and tapping our feet to different music. At least that beats our activity of a few years ago, when I joined them in collecting Pokeman cards.

– Dixie Redfearn

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