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I decided quite some years ago, following the example of Jane Siberry, that I would not buy CDs anymore unless that was my only option in owning a certain music selection. So now I have most of my collection ripped into my iPod. It started as an ecological move and has since become a "non-accumulation of things" motive.

It's somehow not as satisfying, though. I do like having all my music in the palm of my hand and not taking up space in my house or plastic and paper on the planet, but there is something...missing...from not having the actual album that I can see. I don't really feel the same about books, though.


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Apr. 6th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
1. Thank you for reminding me of Jane Siberry. I have The Speckless Sky (on iPod) but have never heard of her before or since that was fairly new - 80s. Now I've gone & looked up her website & will listen to some more recent. What a gorgeous voice!

2. When I copied my cds to the pod, I threw out the jewel cases but kept cd & booklets in a case made to hold the cds - the booklets are kind of crammed in there. I like that Jane has taken care to produce nice e-booklets. I couldn't quite bring myself to throw the cds out. A lot of them would be practically irreplaceable - most of the collection of Argentine rock!
Apr. 7th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I recommend "When I Was A Boy" by Jane Siberry. So wonderfully moody.
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Apr. 6th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I can't stand Kindles or any of those other things either. Someone once handed me a Kindle to see if I would like one. I couldn't even turn the stupid thing on. I'd rather read a book without having to learn/pay for new technology.

Besides being low-tech, books can also be read without a power source. No one will snatch them away on the Metro or steal them from your car. Kindles, however, will be snatched out of your hands if you're not careful.
Apr. 7th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
My Kindle Fire is so small that I can carry it in my purse, and it's self-illuminating. I still do buy paper books, but I like having my library with me in one small device.

It's CDs I feel conflicted over.
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Apr. 7th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
I keep the ones that would be hard to replace, but can just grab my laptop to preserve everything.
Apr. 7th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I've done the same with CDs, although I haven't moved in that direction with DVDs and am not inclined too.
Apr. 7th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to think about this. There's no reason that you should feel differently about music than books as far as the digital v. physical media go, but then there doesn't have to be, does there?
Apr. 7th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Nope, no reason at all. Sometimes things just are.

I noticed another reason I like my Kindle books, just now. I have a paper book beside me to take some notes from. Kindle books stay open and flat. This paper book, I'm going to have to weigh it down to keep it open.
Apr. 7th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
The only paperback books I've ever seen that lay flat on their own are coil-bound, not glued like normal softbacks.
Apr. 7th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Right, and those tend to be cookbooks. One of the reasons I have my office in the kitchen even in our new place is because it's so convenient when cooking to have a laptop in the kitchen.
Apr. 7th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
They do cookbooks like that? Wow. I was thinking of baseball stat books.
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