I rushed back home and got out my old Stanton turntable. I still have a few vinyl albums left so I pulled out Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon and put the needle on… And got nothing. I checked the connections and it looked like I had a bad cable. I fixed that and it played but sounded really muffled. After some experimenting it turned out the port on my receiver was bad so I switched to a different port and I finally had music. I sat and listened to about 5 songs and realized that the first side of the album was over. I carefully took off the needle, flipped the record, used the duster to make sure is clean of dust and lint and then carefully replaced the needle to listen to… 5 more songs. Songs filled with pops and scratches. When it was over I carefully replaced it in the sleeve and then equally carefully slid it into its jacket and the put it back in its place on the shelf. I sat thinking about it for a moment before reaching for the next vinyl album.
Aaaaaannnnd then I promptly packed it all back up, put it back in storage and opened Spotify and my bluetooth speakers. What a hassle just to listen to a few songs! How did music even get listened to back in the day?
As I write this I am at Starbucks enjoying music on my Chromebook through wireless headphones while eating a muffin and sipping on orange juice. Endless music over wi-fi. Crystal clear.
Long live streaming and free wi-fi!