3 November 2011

R.I.P compact disc

Do you (kids from the 90's) remember making the transition from cassette tape to Cd's?
Do you remember the very first CD you ever owned?
I wish I could say mine was something cool, but I'm gonna be honest; it probably wasn't.
Come to think of it, my first CD was probably a K-T-V (South African children's show) CD where kids sang covers of all the top songs at that time. Lemon Tree or Who let the dogs out, anyone?
I cringe!

I remember how cool I felt when my parents bought each my sister and I a cd/tape player/radio for Christmas one year. We had hit the jackpot! I also remember the portable cd player (disc-man) I got on an overseas trip to London one year. I would carefully place it in my backpack and connect the headphones before setting off for an afternoon bicycle ride around my neighbourhood, only for it to skip and stop and start when I hit the slightest bump in the road.

It now seems that the days of compact disks, like the cassettes; 8-Tracks and vinyls that came before it, will be coming to and end. According to a new report it seems that major labels are abandoning the CD-format by the end of 2012. Streaming and downloading music content seem to be the only future for new releases in this day of the ipod, smart phone and laptop.

One day; when our kids find an old dusty box full of Cd's and calls them vintage, we can reflect and tell them about the days of shiny disks we liked to throw around like frisbees and the pull out posters you would sometimes find in the album covers. Heck, we can even go back a little further and tell them how 'back in our day' we even played music on plastic bricks filled with wheels, gears and ribbons.

R.I.P Compact Disc.
Thanks for the memories!


  1. OMG! It makes me feel so incredibly OLD!
    I can relate to everything you said. I remember receiving CDs for Christmas or Birthdays and even as a radio DJ when we get packages from the record companies it's LIKE Christmas.
    Sad sad day :(
    Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

  2. oh my gosh how interesting! i am sad to see the cd go...you're right! it was such a big part of my life. not sure what my first one was, but i remember going absolutely crazy getting britney spears "baby one more time" on CD hahaha! too funny :)

  3. Geez, I feel so old! AND I have no idea what the 1st CD I owned was...fail. CDs were the "it" thing. RIP.

  4. hahaha! NO! I can't be getting old yet!

  5. No! This can't be! I collect them for the album art. :(


  6. Ba ha I totally had that KTV CD too!!! We were so cool!!!