Music formats I’ve consumed, a list to date

So far in my lifetime, I’ve purchased recorded music in the following formats:

  • Vinyl (LP/EP/Single)
  • 8-track (if you don’t know what that is, read this, young person)
  • Cassette
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Protected AAC from iTunes (now updated to iTunes plus, so repurchased as AAC)
  • Video from iTunes
  • MP3 from Amazon

Many other digital formats are possible to purchase now too, including ring tones. There have been a few formats of CDs, and a few of DVDs, and I’ve yet to buy my first Blu-ray disc.

Even so, some albums or songs I’ve purchased four times. While it’s possible that songs I’ve purchased digitally will end up never having to be repurchased, it’s also possible that new formats appear in the future that are compelling.

In the year 2015, you’ll be able to purchase songs to be stored directly in your brain. You read it here (hear) first.

I have to admit my favorite is still CDs. I like those shiny things, I like having lyrics and cover art. The CD may be dying, but I’ll miss it.

4 Responses to “Music formats I’ve consumed, a list to date”

  1. Kevin Fox Says:

    TV? FM? AM? (If you don’t know what this is, read this, young person)

  2. Stephen Says:

    I’m not counting those because I don’t purchase individual songs or albums from the TV or radio directly.

    One thing about 8-tracks though: Prior to CDs, even though 8 track sound quality sucked, we liked that you could play them indefinitely. It was the first musical format with auto-repeat. With cassettes and vinyl, you had to manually flip the thing over every time you finished half the album. My kids will never believe that’s how I listened to music.

  3. Michaela Says:

    I still like CDs, particularly since people now sell their old CDs to Rasputin, where I can acquire them for $2. As long as I end up liking more than 2 songs on the album, it’s a bargain!

  4. Stuart Says:

    Me likey the Vinyl days. You could really hold those double-album’s like a book and appreciate the art work and lyrics (and sometimes other inserts) while listening. Sure you had to flip ’em and fix the occasional skip, but we didn’t know any better at the time so it wasn’t really a chore.

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