I have just read a newspaper column that says CDs are thing of the past. They will soon be useless as eight track stereos or LP players. Ipod, MP3 players, satellite radio, and internet radio will take their place.
A bit before my time, music was available on Edison cylinders. Caruso recorded on cylinders and his remarkable voice was preseved for the ages so that future generations, we, could hear him. But Berliner invented flat "records" that spun along at 80 RPM. But the industry replaced those records with recordings at 78 rpm.
Gramophones were replaced my 78s, but at least they were compatible. Playing an eighty at seventy-eight even made it a bit mellower. Seventy eights, 10 and 12 inch, lasted a long time, but were replaced 45's. What an improvement that was. Records went from ten to cute little 7 inch discs. But they provided just a few minutes of recording per disc. So...
Along came LPs, turning at a leisurely 33 and a third rpm. Nice long works of music, whole concerts, on one disc, now expanded to 12 inches again. But that didn't last. Inventors put stereo recordings on the same disk. At least they were compatible. Your New stereo player could play your stockpile of LPs. LP incidentally stood for Long Play.
But your tape recorder, with seven inch reels of tape could not play stereo discs. And your eight track cassettes could not play your tapes. And your cassette recorders could not play your eight track cartridges. And then the cassette recorders could not play your compact disk, the CD.
And now, soon, the CD will be a Dodo, like cylinders, 80s, 78s, 45s, LPs, Stereos, tapes, cartidges, cassettes.
Should I get an Ipod, MP3, player or wait for the next inovation? Won't be long, whatever it is.