A Montana Teen’s Transition from Cassette Tapes to CDs Back in the Day
I can't speak for everyone who grew up in the 80s, but for this Montana girl, I recall the apprehension that existed in friends when the compact disc (CD) was introduced to the world. Sure, it looked fascinating. You know, innovative, cutting edge, and ultra sparkly. However, the CD's existence meant we would all have to give up our beloved cassette tapes and the Walkman and boom boxes we loved to play them on. Plus, at the time, it was a welcomed challenge to rewind and fast-forward those dinosaurs to find a particular song. But, just like anything, transitioning from cassette tapes to CDs was hard and meant we would have to change how we did things. Lol. Boy, have we come a long way since the days of cassettes and CDs, right? Who knew then that compact discs would be the least of our worries? Today, technology and devices are obsolete on a whim. It's ironic just how much things have changed over the years. I mean, come on, I had friends that still had 8-track players and cassette players in their vehicles when CDs were first introduced in the 80s. Then, just last year, I finally gave in and sold my irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind boom box online. Ouch. I'm still a little bummed about that decision. Sigh. (more lamenting about CDs below)
As time went on, and by the late-80s, my friends and I were ready to ditch our cassette tapes and move on like the rest of the world. By then, many scrambled to buy portable CD players, plus state-of-the-art CD consoles and stereos for their cars and homes. So, when was the first time you bought a music CD, and what one was it? Here are some fun facts as presented by Discogs and Kodak Digitalizing. The band ABBA and musician Billy Joel were the first pop/rock artists to release CDs. ABBA released their 1981 album Visitors on CD in Europe a year later, and Billy Joel released his album 52nd Street in Japan that same year. However, the first commercial CD released in early 1982 was a classical rendition of Chopin Waltzes by Claudio Arrau. The United States finally got a piece of the compact disc pie when Bruce Springsteen released Born in the USA in September of 1984. Merle Haggard and George Strait are said to have the first country music CD crossovers. No doubt the world of technology continues to change, but regardless of how many different devices we've played our favorite music on over the years, one thing is for certain: "The Song Remains the Same". Hmm, yet another great CD!....oh, and cassette...and download...
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