Anyone who is at least 35 ought to know that the music industry is one fast-moving industry. After all, when we were young, we listened to vinyl LP albums which were a jump up in both quality and convenience from the 45s that our parents cut their rock and pop music teeth upon.
Then, of course, our albums went away hand-in-hand with the eight-track players in our cars as cassette tapes entered the market. Cassette tapes were incredible since we could play them in our homes and in our rides and even use blank cassettes to make mix tapes for our sweeties. Ahh…. good times were the 80s and 90s!
However, it was also the 90s that saw the introduction of the music Compact Disc, which could likewise be played in cars and in our homes. However, these were ultra convenient when paired with multi-disc players.
The era of the CD was a short one as electronic music came in and was then boosted by the incredible success of the iPod. Now, we are still in the electronic music era with most of us listening to compressed digital MP3 files. Sadly though, the fidelity quality of digital music is a drop from that which was offered by vinyl LPs and music CDs.
Today and the Future
Not all musicians are happy with the quality offered by digital music. Neil Young, for one, is so bothered by it that he has backed the creation of Ponos, a player and online store of high fidelity digital music. Though Ponos has yet to be widely adopted, its online store is already home to 600,000 songs of top audio quality.
Also, plenty of artists are also returning to the past and releasing vinyl LPs either along with their digital albums or all by themselves. And, there are still some that record the old timey way such as Jack Black who records all his studio music on huge reel-to-reel recorders.
Now, while I do not know just how widespread this call for quality will be, I do know that it is time for me to replace my well-worn “Dark Side of the Moon” LP. Perhaps, I’ll go the Ponos route.