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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Old School C




Today's letter C old school gadgets are Cassette Tapes, CDs and Catalogs.

Kids nowadays wouldn't even know what a cassette tape is. Well, some of them. However, there are still cars that have a cassette deck on their dashboards, and electronic stores sell an adapter that would plug a better gadget to it and play songs. Slowly, it will be like other obsolete and unused gadgets. I have this recorder I use for interviews. It has a mini-cassette tape in it. I know there are digital recorders now, but it's vintage! *laughs*

You'd probably wonder why CDs are included in this "old school" list. With music downloads booming, CDs are on the edge of goodbye. I used to buy a lot of CDs so I can play my favorite songs in the car, but with my ability to buy songs through my phone and save it on my phone disabled my purchase of CDs. Sad but true. Well, I guess not really sad. That's a lot of space saved in my book shelf at home, too.

Last but not the least, catalogs. I wish they're totally gone, but a few companies are consistent of mailing them out. I get a lot of emails promoting certain products which used to be promoted through mailed out catalogs. I prefer the emails than killing trees. I wish the catalogs would totally end and banned from being mailed out, but I guess that's just me. I wouldn't want souvenir brochures gone, though. Oh well.


40 comments:

  1. I love catalog shopping b/c I prefer to pay by check rather than put something else on the credit card, but I don't do much of it anymore. For one thing their shipping & handling charges are outrageous. I'm not going to spend $5.95 for an item that costs the same.

    I still make mix tapes and am reluctant to get a new car b/c I won't have any way to play my tapes. I have no idea how to download music and I don't own an ipod.

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    1. My mailbox gets a truck load of catalogs. Some of them I browse through, but some are just junk. I wish they'd stop. I don't really shop through catalogs. I still log online and find their website.

      I did mix tapes before when combining ballroom dance songs. Those were the days...

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  2. Hi Sonnia.
    Great theme! I still love books and bookstores (but I do have a Kindle now), still visit the library when I get the chance to... still have stacks of cassette tapes which I need to sort through... still have tons of CD's...
    Very nostalgic post!
    Happy A to Z'ing.....

    http://writer-in-transit.co.za/

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    1. I still have a lot of CDs, but no tapes at all.

      Thanks for visiting. I'll visit your blog, too.

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  3. I love the old cassette tapes, making mix-tapes for friends, or taping songs from the radio. I have a tape deck in my car, and I wouldn't change it for the world. I've still got some old mix-tapes and I love playing them in my car.

    I have moved on to CDs at home, but I can't ever see myself moving on to MP3. I like to have an object to hold. How can you hold an MP3?!

    http://rebeccahgiltrow.blogspot.co.uk/p/a-to-z.html

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    1. Ever since my last tape deck spit out the film-tape and garbled it, I didn't go back to having cassette. I bought a new CD unit. I always have a problem with tape. Weird. LOL

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  4. I still make my own mix CDs for playing in the car.

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    1. That's cool! I bought a satellite radio, that's why I no longer buy CDs. I do contribute to the artist royalties by paying a monthly account. *giggles*

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  5. I wish I could get rid of catalogs! I try and still they come...Great idea for C!

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    1. Thanks Talya! I know how it feels when it comes to catalogs. It's a p.i.t.a.

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  6. Soon everything will change. But change is the only thing that is permanent no? Great idea for A-Z posts. Following! :)

    Sania at Embracing Dawn

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    1. I agree. Change is permanent, unless one gets lazy. LOL

      Thanks! I followed back. I love to read blogs!

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  7. Great use of C, and I love the title. I certainly don't miss cassette tapes, or even CDs. I do like having a turntable, however, for the times when I miss that rich, full sound. And you are totally right about catalogs. It's so much easier to find what you want online!

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    1. I wish I can get rid of catalogs. They eat up a lot of space in my post office box. It's irritating.

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  8. Ah, yes! I still have my CD collection, but I hardly even need it since most of that music is on my computer. Great for less clutter, I suppose!

    Best wished on the challenge!

    Ana

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    1. I rely too much on Pandora and Sirius XM nowadays. I haven't bought any music lately. I do pay for Sirius XM, though, so I guess that's my contribution to music.

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  9. Not sure why, but catalogs sometimes kidnap me for an hour. I'm getting better at tossing them, but you're right--most are a waste of money (and often time). Just saying 'hi' in the a-z. Good use of the letter C!

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    1. Hi Sharon! I agree with waste of time. As much as possible, I want my time used on writing instead of browsing catalogs, but I get kidnap, too! Just like you. LOL

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  10. That reminds me - I need to tell LLBean to stop sending catalogs. :) I'm not in the challenge this year, but visiting in support. Stop by for a visit - I'm at http://writeryogini.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting Melissa! Yes, tell LLBean to stop. Teehee.

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  11. Great C day! Those things will be like antiques to my son.

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    1. Yeah. Don't throw it away. You might have a museum of old stuff. Entrance fee $5. LOL

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  12. Great C post! I don't miss cassette tapes at all!

    TaMara
    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

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  13. I like my CD's, I don't have an IPhone. I am so not hip.

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    1. Don't worry, I don't have an iPhone either. I actually don't like their operating system. Go Droid!

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  14. I keep nagging the Husband to get rid of all those dusty cassette tapes. Visiting from the A-Z challenge. Good post!

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    1. Thanks Coffee Lady! Now you reminded me I need coffee. *grins*

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  15. I can't remember the last time I listened to a CD,now that I have an iPod and use my phone and goodness, cassettes, my kids would not even know what to with one LOL Funny, how quickly times change with technology.

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    1. My husband and I are members of The California Repercussions Marching Band. They produced a CD and I had it in my car. That's the one I always play because it's not on Pandora and Sirius XM. HeHeHe All other music are in the cloud for me.

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  16. I kind of keep everything so I'm one of those people who will have her cassette tapes and Walkman stored for a while.

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    1. I do know other who do the same. It's memorabilia. Some of them have sold it to collectors. :-)

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  17. That's technology for you. One innovation comes in, only to be phased out by another somewhere down the line. I wonder what would be next to go. Dead-tree books perhaps.

    I'm hopping over from the A-Z Challenge list of participants by the way, so nice to meet you.

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    1. CDs will eventually going bye-bye because the micro-CDs are coming. Remember the movie Minority Report? The micro-CDs were first displayed there. Tom Cruise played a video micro-CD. Everything's becoming smaller. Sooner or later, cellphones will be out. Everything's going to be on a wristwatch, includinig TV. LOL

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  18. I spent hours and hours as a kid, sitting by the radio and waiting for songs to come on that I liked, so I could make a horrible recording of them with my tape recorder. haha. Can you imagine any kid nowadays doing that? Crazy how times have changed...

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    1. Oh my, I did that, too! The recordings were indeed crappy. LOL

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  19. Cassette tapes!! I'm with Karen, I use to sit by the radio wait for my favorite song and then no doubt the dj would cut in and WRECK my wonderful recording!!
    Connie #133
    A to Z Challenge.
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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    1. Those DJs and commercials ruin everything all the time. HaHaHa!

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  20. My car has a cassette player but I hardly use it now ! I have a box load of cassette tapes that I don't use anymore but I cant get myself to throw away !
    Hopped over here part of the A to Z challenge. Lovely blog !

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    1. My previous car originally had a cassette tape deck. I bought a new car stereo and had it installed. Someone broke in my car and took it! Twice it happened. Sigh. The car was obviously unlucky for me. When I got a new car, no more cassette deck. Nobody has broken in it either. Knock on wood!

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