Saturday Night Fever

Enjoy this out of continuity bonus comic, featuring Grampa and Milton.
Records, CDs, digital downloads? What’s your favorite mode of listening to music?

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  • Ben ClaptonReply
    May 3, 2009 at 6:17 am

    I love scouring op shops looking for records, but my main method of listening these days is MP3’s. I’ll still buy classical stuff in CD form for the quality, but everything else, MP3 digital download is the way to go. Much more flexibility and having a large collection at my fingertips is important for me.

  • Theala SildorianReply
    May 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Pretty much MP3’s for a long time, now. I jumped right to CD when it became available, vastly superior to cassette tapes for the car.

    I had a great LP collection that, alas, vanished during a move. My dad gave me a large part of his LP collection (we both like classical and big band, so it was a nice gift) that I am in the slow process of digitizing. But I’ll keep the LPs. There is something about them that just sounds better than CDs.

  • GeorgeReply
    May 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Hahaha! That was classic!

    I’m mainly hooked on mp3’s now just for the convenience, but I still have my album, cassettes, and Cd’s.

    • krishnaReply
      May 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks for the kudos, George! I, too, still have my cassettes and CDs. I prefer to think of them as my back-ups should my hard drives die a premature death.

  • tonzillaReply
    May 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    About a year ago, I saw a turntable with a USB connection. I laughed for a good ten minutes.

    • krishnaReply
      May 3, 2009 at 4:03 pm

      LOL – I wonder who that is being marketed towards. The best of both worlds? Analog *and* digital haha :)

  • KeetReply
    May 3, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Mine are LPs, many inherited with classical music & old popular/rag/jazz music which is not available on CD as far as I can tell. Also some 45s of hits when I grew up & some cassettes acquired when I went to college & there was no space for LPs or a recordplayer. Now I’ve added a fewMP3s. Frankly, I’m a consumer of analog music for the most part. I don’t like the digital LPs & cassettes. I can hear the difference in most of them when they are from analog (violins, pianos, harps & flutes as opposed to electric guitars, moogs & the like) between alive performance & what turns up on the recording. Best I can discribe it is that it shaves off a lot of the expression in romantic music an any music requiring “feeling”, most pronounced when the work requires a singer. (Having been a vocalist, voice is what my ear hears most crititically) I don’t buy into the “digital produced better over all sound quality” party line put out by the record companies. Comparison to carefully crafted older records shows that is a flat out lie. The recording companies had no practical competition for a period of years once consumer recording record players were no longer available and they started requiring sales of blanks first by the 100 then raised the minimum sales amount thereafter–no starting your own record company in your garage any more. No competition meant those who wanted fine reproduction had no place to go & the corporates didn’t spend the money to keep up the standards. Corporates also tended to limit the variety of music available, too. ::mumbles under breath as the author has a fondness for things ranging from steel drum music to “Cowboy in a Continental Suit) & other humor to hawaiian to braziilian to tyrolean folk to persian classics to scottish bagpipe musics etc. etc. & has had years of trouble feeding it’s eclectic auditory habits::
    I also have some CDs, as that’s the most permanent format currently available, grumbling all the while about digital’s limitations. I want something permanent I can stash away so another generation can enjoy the vast variety even when the inevitable hard drive crashes come.

    Chirp, yes the bird has a Lot of musical recordings & wishes Amazon would clean up their act. Once upon a time I sent an inquiring email. I informed them I was looking for “sheet music” ( musical notation printed on paper for a particular instrument with words so I could play it myself & scare the gophers in the garden by singing too) I got the oddest reply….They told me they occasionally had LPs briefly after an album was released, the text indicated it was either form reply or the person making it hadn’t the slightest idea what sheet music was. I explained what sheet music was in a reply but they never replied back. I guess they don’t cary it. Where’s the next generation of musicians going to come from if one can’t get sheet music???? Anyway, Amazon has gotten less of my hard earned cash than they otherwise might have.

  • Lynn K. FletcherReply
    May 4, 2009 at 6:59 am

    We still buy LPs at my house, but usually from garage sales. My husband bought a great Technics turntable and scratches with them to go over his digital music. Pretty cool.

  • Sam KerbyReply
    May 4, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Scratches?!?! Why that is something your dumb drunk friend does at the party when he thinks he knows how to change the record….hehe, just kidding. Yes I’m of the “older” generation these days, still love my records. But i’ve got most of all my albums on cd now, so i’ve learned to rip them to mp3 and thats what i listen to now. Still not as great sounding as an awesome stereo system with vinyl!!!!

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