By Reed Fisher
A vintage Columbia House ad from some hellish year in the past.
Remember the first time you listened to music using a computer? This is a moot question for people under the age of twenty.
I was at a friend's house sometime in the mid '90s. He loaded a program called Winamp on his computer, and played one of a dozen or so MP3 files he had. It was the 1985 Falco synthpop masterwork "Rock Me Amadeus." Did I chastise him for daring to listen to compressed audio through computer speakers? Was I pissed that he didn't have to special-order a CD single and drive miles to drop $14 on it? I was absolutely not whispering, "This is the end" under my breath.
It was one of the most incredible days of my life.More »