I am currently listening to a true-crime podcast episode about an event that happened in the 80s and mentions a broken Sony Walkman found along the highway and realized: cassette tapes were actually a thing.
Once upon a time if you wanted to throw a bunch of favourite songs together, you would need to gather all the albums in tape or record form, have a blank cassette ready at the start, then press PLAY+RECORD for each song to record as it played either from it’s source vinyl or tape.
End of every song: stop the blank tape, change songs or records or tapes and find the place where the next song you want to add begins, carefully press play then start recording on your destination cassette and nope, no such thing as shuffle-play - whatever order you’ve laid-down those song on the tape are set in stone, changing them requiring a repeat of the entire ordeal.
Not to mention having to FAST-FOWARD through a physical cassette and guessing when to stop at the start of another song - every time you want to change songs.
Man, what a hassle…
For so many years we’ve been simply copy/pasting files to organize our music I can’t even imagine what a royal pain in the a$#e analog music was my goodness.
That is all, except to highlight how thankful I am everything now comes in files - easily moved and accessed from anywhere since we no longer require a physical medium.
Thank you, technology