The days of physical media are numbered. Take a cursory look at services like iTunes, LoveFilm, Amazon MP3 store and you’ll soon realise that physical copies are dying out to be replaced by digital media downloaded from the Net. Instead of walking into a shop you simply enter in your card details press buy and voila you have the book or album available for your iPod, phone, and PC. I don’t deny this ease of accessbility is incredibly useful, however it gives me some sadness deep down in the retro recesses of my heart.
Perhaps some parts of me are just plain old school but I love the idea of collecting media in a way I can physically touch, put on a shelf and pass onto my friends and family. A good example of this is my friend Martin who for most of his life has collected vinyls and placed in them sentimental mementos . An amazing idea which means in the future revisiting a Vinyl brings back many memories for him and his family, something a hard drive full of data cannot recreate.