I Miss Making CD Mixtapes and Discovering Music

That’s probably the thing I miss most about mix CDs that doesn’t really translate to the playlists I now create in the cloud: They were so often dictated by discovery. Back in middle school, in those earliest days of mix CDs, I found music either through the recommendation of friends, channels like the radio and TV, or in the CD aisles of Circuit City. Magazines and online forums became an obsessive source of music literacy later on, as did live shows with openers and tour guests that were newer to the music scene. Discover Weekly playlists and Apple Music recommendations just don’t offer the same level of gratification for uncovering new music that other avenues of discovery once did. Finding new music once felt like a massive research undertaking—you’d only get the good stuff if you dug deep. But now, even obscure artists and recordings are served to me weekly thanks to powerful algorithms that draw from my past listening habits. Most of the time, the algorithms do a decent job. But the process of finding new music I enjoy feels far less rewarding these days… More here. Thanks to Kirk.

No such thing as CD Mixtapes (tapes are tapes) and I have personally discovered more music since streaming than ever before. I do get the premise of the article, however.



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  1. Maybe not totally related, but I miss the feel of turning over lp’s and cassettes. Didn’t really notice until I bought Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on CD. There needs to be a 3 minute pause between The Great Gig in the Sky and the cash register bell in Money. Just doesn’t sound right to go directly from one into the other.

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