These will soon be things of the past. Enjoy them while they last

Vyralize: Thinking back, the CD player and Sony Walkman felt like things I used just the other day, but in reality those products that are at least 15 years old depending on when you’re counting from. It’s crazy to see how much has changed since then. Here are a few places, jobs, and items that are soon to become a thing of the past. Better save them. Might be worth a fortune 50 years from now.

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Tiqila1799d ago

I stopped enjoying swapping discs when internet connections got faster

fr0sty1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

Though the convenience is better... the audio quality has really taken a plunge in recent years. CD killed a good bit of the dynamic range that vinyl offered... and MP3's continued to clamp down on that range even more. Most people don't notice a difference, but I definitely can. I wish the industry would adopt a multichannel, 24 bit or higher lossless format that could replace MP3.

Tiqila1799d ago

for music there is the flac format, which is higher quality than any mp3/vinyl. It doesn't matter whether you have a disc or the content of the disc on your hdd, quality stays the same, but you don't need discs anymore.

fr0sty1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

The problem is, with FLAC you still have to have a high quality source. I want the original studio masters presented in a multichannel lossless format. SACD came close, but we need a digital equivalent. Vinyl is a good source to start from, but it has too high of a noise floor for my tastes. I want the original as they heard it in the studio.

kevnb1799d ago

It's not CDs themselves or even mp3s it's the way they record now. They boost the volume so much they clip large portions of the sound out.

fr0sty1798d ago (Edited 1798d ago )

Yes, they do compress the hell out of the audio when mastering. Even bands like Tool have traded dynamic range for the ability to sound good on ipod earbuds with their last album. Compared to the album before, Lateralus, 10k days has nowhere near the same range. However, not everybody is making the tradeoff.

However, I'd rather lose dynamic range to a decision by the artist rather than by the format I chose to listen to the song on.

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sjaakiejj1799d ago

Enjoy the illegality of weed? I don't think that one belongs on this list lol.

TheSaint1798d ago

More places are legalising all the time.

grifter0241799d ago

I will actually be sad for 3 of these things.

1.'ll be weird when almost all paperbacks will become E..backs.

2. Cursive. It's weird that you don't see alot of people writing that way anymore.

3. Maldives. I actually knew about this a while ago and am trying to save up money before it actually goes away completely.

Pillsbury11799d ago

There will always be a market for retro. I love buying classic games I grew up with as a kid and will never get tired of them.

RE_L_MAYER1799d ago

most things probably wont be worth a fortune,but if you have a ton of older items some might be in high demand and if its in good working condition

hazelamy1799d ago

people keep saying that CDs, DVDs and the like will be gone soon.
in the time of MP3s, yet you can still get vinyl, hell, in Japan you can still get music on tape.

DVDs are still selling despite the HD on demand services being readily available.

books still sell despite the rise of E Readers.

the reason MP3s are as big as they are is because they're so small, you can have thousands of songs on something the size of a cigarette packet.

with videos and games, the file sizes are getting huge, an average song would be a few megabtytes, an HD movie can be gigabytes.

these "death of physical media" articles are a bit premature.

Speed-Racer1799d ago

The advantage with vinyl is that barely any digital formats come close to the quality being outputted at studio level. If you have an ear for music, sometimes even music at 320kbps may not be enough for your listening pleasure. As mentioned above, FLAC is a better alternative as well, but you just can't beat that high definition from a vinyl.

Statistically, most other physical media sales are dropping though.

kevnb1799d ago

Vinyl sucks, but analog recording prevented recording so loud that almost all the dynamic range is gone.

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