Vinyl sounds good and album artwork is frequently living room wall worthy. Its resurgence is based as much on functionality as it is on nostalgia (and if you’re a café, the likelihood of being called ‘hip’ is exponentially greater if you use a record player for your music).
Cassette types bring about nostalgia for the generation who used them. But there’s NO shot of tapes making a hip comeback, because they didn’t sound good to being with, and the tape had a nasty little habit of unraveling, making a mess, and not working again. The cases cracked easy like egg shells, too.
The compact disc, or the CD, that first medium to digitize music? I’m not sure they’re even worthy of nostalgia. The cases cracked easily like cassette cases did, and unless you had the patience to organize them all into an IKEA CD case holder, they ended up in a box or in a cabinet somewhere because the CDs were easier located in a CD sleeve. Plus, when scratched, they skipped. And a skipping CD is annoying like a sneeze that won’t happen. Those suckers ALWAYS scratched.
The only thing I’ll really miss about CDs is the ability to make a mix CD with a definitive track order.
Anyways, I don’t think I’m the only one feeling like this; Chevrolet is pulling the CD player from its Spark supermini, beginning with the 2013 1LT and 2LT versions. Instead of pumping tunes through CDs, new Spark buyers can stream music through Pandora with the MyLink infotainment system or a portable music player (iPod or smartphone).
The most vicious indictment of the CD by Chevy is with the base Spark LS model (which starts out at $12,995, for the curious auto buyer); Chevy will only offer an AM/FM radio and a plug for the portable players. These LS don’t have the MyLink, so if you have a really large CD collection and refuse to upgrade, don’t buy one.
Chevy designed the new Spark with digital natives (folks who’ve grown up and known only the Internet) in mind.
Or kids who DEFINITELY won’t feel nostalgia about CDs.