For decades avid music fans have poured hard earned cash and their passionate souls into attaining that perfect music collection, a tentatively unreachable target yet an enjoyable endeavour nonetheless. All of this was an accepted aspect of the music-lover’s existence, until very recently when technology decided to move the goalposts: the advent of the digital download.
Ever since the mp3 arrived those shelves have looked rather bare. iPod giants Apple saw the potential in shaking off bulky music collections, launching iTunes and sending the digital era of music into orbit. Of course portable music is nothing new (ask anyone who was the proud owner of a Walkman in the 80s) but the opportunity to buy all of your music from the comfort of your living room has revolutionised the way the majority of the world get their audio kicks.
Moving with the times technology-wise is rarely a step in the wrong direction; having a band’s entire discography stored on one little media player is surely the epitome of convenience. But at what cost? Does several gigabytes worth of music on a laptop equate to hundreds of CDs arranged lovingly in your bedroom? Or that limited edition Bowie record that your dad prizes above all else?