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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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3:20p
Bear Enters 21st Century
I have always loved music. I built up a nice collection of vinyl back in the 80's. I switched over to cd's in the 90's. Once again I built up up a nice collection. As the Ipod revolutionized music, I decided to let this train pull out of the station without me. To me there was nothing like actually OWNING the music physically. There were also other issues like the retarded attempt to control how many times you could copy a song. I also had issues with the quality. What was I buying? Was it as good or better than a cd? Tell me! While not as important issue, I do enjoy the packaging of music. Album covers were works of art! After seeing the Warhol Museum I can certainly say that! CD's shrank the art, but it was still there. You could also fit a nice booklet of liner notes in the jewel case for you to read while listening.

Finally I started to enter the digital age by ripping my cd collection to mp3. It took a few months, but I finally accomplished the task. I finally decided to take the next step and actually buy music online. The safest route was to just go through Amazon. I went back through old cassette tapes and found the names of dozens of songs from the 90's that I would love to have. I then subscribed to E-Music, an online service which I call "The Dollar Tree of online music." They have a lot of stuff, but a lot is also total crap. They must have recently bought the rights to a lot of Columbia stuff because they now have the catalogs of folks like Michael Jackson and Billy Joel. They also have a little perk that if you download their toolbar, you can download a free song every day. Usually it's a alt rock/pop selection which is just fine with me. I have discovered a few interesting artists this way. One such group is Love Is Chemicals. I had never heard of them before. I was intrigued by their furry album cover. I visited their website and saw that they had their entire album there which I downloaded for free. It's great stuff! If this is the new trend to put your stuff online for free, then I shall welcome the new technology. Yeah, I know this sort of thing has been going on for years, but the older you get, the more inertia you have against new trends. I guess you CAN teach an old bear new tricks. It just takes a little longer.

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