Every now and then I am reminded why the internet is one of the greatest things for a massive music fan. In high school, before CDRs were common, my friend Trevor offered a service to make a mix CD for $20. You provided all the source files (on CD, of course), with tracks indicated in order, and he put them all together. He was 8tracks or soundcloud or garageband or grooveshark or hype machine or some type of music blog before music blogs existed (Unless you count Matthew Good’s Manifestos).
I’m glad that I don’t need to lug 18 jewel cases to school in my over-just-one-shoulder-army-green-backpack, and wait for a week while the songs are ripped, ordered and burned to a shiny expensive CDR. I can just type a few words, click a few things, ctrl+a, ctrl+c, ctrl+v and BAM – afternoon mini-mix.
Title credit, Van Halen, Why Can’t This Be Love