Battle of Who Could Care Less

One of the things which sticks in my mind about the first time I stayed at my then future-wife’s flat in Bristol is the pile of unsorted CDs and empty cases which were strewn haphazardly around her stereo. I couldn’t understand how anybody could take such little care – not just because of the damage they could suffer but also out of convenience.

I have hundreds of CD albums, and when Relly and I met they were all on my CD shelves, alphabetised by artist. She says I’m anal – life’s too short to arrange the CD collection like this, but I say life’s too short NOT to. I don’t want to spend hours searching for a particular CD.

Of course, now that all the music’s in iTunes and on the iPod there’s no argument. I’ve stopped fighting The Battle of the Alphabetised CD Collection.

These days all our CDs just take up space. Maybe they’d look nicer sorted by colour.

3 thoughts on “Battle of Who Could Care Less

  1. Having all my music in iTunes, I do miss being able to browse CDs. Still, my collection has grown to the point where it was taking up way too much room and I decided to throw away the cases and retain just the CDs and sleeves in a nice big metal box. And I found Coverflow (which lets you flip through albums in a nice interface) and Clutter (which lets you dump a big stack of them on your desktop) so I can browse and find things I haven’t listened to in a while.

    Of course, we won’t go into the slightly anal numbering of the CDs in the box being matched to the “Grouping” field in the metadata allowing me to make nice lists of things in spreadsheets…

  2. I’m one of those messy people but I’ll never change. I need technology to rescue me with a 1 terabyte keychain that I can put ridiculous amounts of media on.

    I’d probably fill it up too.

    You’ve got a very well designed blog, btw.

  3. I think after watching the film High Fidelity we had a brief spate of ordering CDs chronologically which was excellent for getting an audio history, but dreadful for finding a particular CD :-)

    They’re now pretty much all stored in the loft after having been ripped onto iTunes.

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