Since we packed up for our move back into our new house, our “living room stereo” has been squirreled away in a box collecting dust. Our CD collection was happily tucked away more than year earlier, and we haven’t missed them at all. That’s because, like nearly everyone else, we’ve discovered the wonders of non-solid state media.
Between my podcasts and Spotify, all I need is my phone or laptop and a good BlueTooth speaker or an AUX line into something that can play. More choice, less changing discs and you aren’t limited to the albums you already have in your library.
That being said, there’s still some stuff tucked away among those CDs that I won’t find anywhere else (U2 live bootlegs, weird remix CDs, my homemade mixes), so once we put our living room back together, you can bet there will be a place for all that stuff. In the meantime, I don’t feel like I’m missing much.
The downside to this is that I have hundreds of CDs that might never get listened to again, so why keep them? The answer to that is sad but simple; no one else wants them and tossing them in the garbage would be a huge waste. I’ve already moved them all into a series of CD books, and once I know that I don’t want to keep the jewel cases, I can at least recycle those.
Here’s hoping that CDs don’t have a second coming-of-age like vinyl did and I’m about to cheat myself out of a “retro kickback” payday.

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