How many times have you bought the same album?

Beach-Boys-Pet-Sounds I just bought a Beach Boys album for the fourth time. Yeah, I’m ready for some stability in the music format so I can keep one for longer periods of time.

It all began in 1966 when I received a stereo for my 15th birthday. One of the groups I immediately bought was the Beach Boys. I enjoyed that LP for years in the house, but the car was a different issue.

In 1968 a friend got a new 8-track player for his car and handed down his old 4-track player to me. The first thing I discovered was the 4-track unit was 12-volt and my 1952 Plymouth was 6-volt. It took some doing, but I converted that old car to 12-volt so I could install the player.

Of course, the 4-track music format gave way to the 8-track, then the CD and finally the digital format. That was in several different formats until recently. At first, they were DRMed (digital rights management) as WMV or ACC, but finally gave way to the more popular format … MP3. The other formats, ACC and WMV are still with us with no DRM because of iTunes from Apple and Walmart Music store.

Now, all the 4-track tapes are gone and I gave away the last 8-track years ago. I did get a car with a CD player in 2008, so I skipped most of the CD spending. I think we have 15 or 20 CDs we play in the house, but I rarely take them with me in the car. I carry my whole music collection on my Zune which includes the ripped CDs and the music I’ve bought online.

My question is, what is the next format that will require a complete re-do with our music? Will we be able to easily convert our MP3s to the new format or will it require buying our music all over again?

Oh, by the way, I recently bought the Beach Boys album from the Amazon MP3 store … again.

What are your thoughts on the the music format wars. Who wins, who loses in the next evolution of music?

4 thoughts on “How many times have you bought the same album?

  1. ken


    I haveover 100 CDs and when I got an ipod, I just ripped all of the CDs to MP3, so there was no need to re-purchase them. About 10 years ago, i put some of my cassettes on CD as well, of course the new CD still sounded like a tape, but i didn’t have to repurchase. I think that our music format is going to stay the same, meaning some sort of digital format like MP3 etc, and we will have the ability to convert our digital libraries to different formats.

    1. Larry Hendrick Post author

      Ken, that is kinda my deal, except for the CDs. Since I didn’t get a CD player until recently, I don’t have many to rip. I have ripped all I own to MP3 and loaded them on my Zune last year. I tried copying the cassettes over to CD or MP3 and was very disappointed with the whole experience, so that project ended early.

      I do believe digital is here to stay, I just wonder what changes are in store for the future of music. And with purchasing digital music, I miss the liner notes. That’s the missing ingredient for me.

  2. ken

    Hi Larry,

    I hear you about the tapes… the audio quality of cassettes is very poor to begin with in my opinion. I am 28 yrs old so i do have experience with cassettes and a lot with CD. My father never dealt with cassettes with the exception of making a few for his car. He used reel-to-reel tapes before CDs because the audio quality was superior to cassette. When he purchased albums in his youth, he bought vinyl, and then would record them to reel-to-reel as not to wear down the original vinyl album. When I was a young child, I remember the record stores would still sell vinyl, in fact i have a few sesame street and Disney albums on vinyl! I think digital is here to stay, maybe they will boost up the bit rate on them over time. I purchase my mp3s from amazon, but I believe if you use the apple itunes store, they give you album artwork, and maybe even the notes on the inside, I’m not positive about the notes though. Good luck with your new music collection!

    1. Larry Hendrick Post author

      Yeah, I still have boxes full of vinyl records in storage. Problem now is not having a record player. And reel-to-reel brings back memories too. Growing up, some neighbors had a very expensive setup and it did sound good. It sure did look like a lot of work though.

      I use Amazon too, and don’t know about what comes with iTunes. I’ve never used their service.


Leave a Reply