How soon we forget. Yeah, all those old vinyl records that I've been hanging onto since, well, since before CD's. Er, wait a minute... before cassette tapes! So from what I can decipher, the last "album" or should I say, "vinyl album" I purchased was a bootleg Elton John I picked up at the of Django's downtown in the late 70's. I pretty much switched to cassette tapes in the mid-seventies. Angie's last vinyl album was Steely Dan's Aja, which was her first cassette tape as well.
This weekend, after several attempts over the past year, we picked up a Crosley "Director" CD Recorder that plays vinyl records in 33-1/3, 45 and 78 (yes, it came with an "adapter" for the 45's). It also plays three sizes of platters (7", 10" and 12"). It has a built-in CD recorder that captures the record being played. From there, once it's on a CD, it's an easy step to insert in the computer and transfer the entire album into iTunes for easy audio bliss.
And there's a rub to this saga (continued below image).
Remember the scratches? the pops? when playing those vinyl records? Well, those I can live with. It's the goddamned SKIPPING that I hate. Totally forgot about it. The first album Angie picked to transfer was Stevie Wonder's two-album opus "Songs In The Key of Life" from 1976. First side - great, second side, okay. Third side - skip after skip after fucking skip. After the first few I was getting very irritated - possibly from my advancing age.
Who the hell need this crap? What was so great about the "good old days" of vinyl?? So I did what any geek would do - I said fuck it, I'll just download the songs that have the skips.
And that brings me to the realization that, other than a few bootlegs and several weird, strange, odd albums that I've collected in the early years, why in the hell should I waste my time trying to transfer this songs that I can easily download off the internet or purchase on iTunes?