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Last week, I made a huge decision: to stop buying physical copies of albums.

Now, I’m sure many of you have already done this, but I’ve always been a bit of a purist. I like the packaging of CDs, like adding them to my collection, and like having them lined up (yes, in alphabetical order) on a shelf. Or, more accurately, a shitload of shelves.

Over the past twenty years, I’ve accumulated probably… fuck, I don’t even know. Let’s just say a lot of CDs. Easily into the thousands. I have a really nice stereo (one of the only quality/expensive things I own), so listening to my music through iTunes on a computer just never cut it for me.

And then we bought an Apple TV, which changed everything. Having it meant I could stream my music library wirelessly through my stereo. That pretty much made my decision for me.

In 1993, at the age of 17, I bought my first CD.

The first CD I ever purchased: "Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)" by Digable Planets.

It came in a longbox, for those of you old enough to remember.

I owned a few CDs before this one, but I had gotten them as gifts along with my first CD player, a gift I received the previous Christmas. (Sorry to say, Erik, but my true first CD was What Hits!? by Red Hot Chili Peppers.) But Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) by Digable Planets was the first CD I spent my own money own.

Last week, after trading in some DVDs at Amoeba, I purchased what will be the last two CDs ever to be added to my shelf: Rjd2’s More Is Than Isn’t and Deltron 3030’s Event 2.

The last CDs I purchased: "More Is Than Isn't" by Rjd2, and "Event 2" by Deltron 3030.

My collection of music will continue to grow, of course, but from this point on it will do so invisibly.

The end of an era,

-Shady

My buddy Dwellephant (who I am doing a little book called “Missing the Boat” with) sent me a link to the following video.

I’m not even going to set it up for you because it’s truly self-explanatory.

Just sit back and enjoy this: an end of an era.

-Shady

Old Poop!