Touch It, Please
I find this odd because about the only part of the downloadable revolution that I don't get is the lack of a tactile component. There's nothing to touch. No cover art to gaze at while the music first plays. No lyrics or credits to immediately read. Yeah, I know it's all to be had on the web if you really want it, but it was nice when it all came in one package. Covered in cellophane. With a center hinge for the seeds to run down into.
It strikes me though in watching the iPod addicted generation in action that there is a tactile component, namely the device itself and that little screen where you see artist and song title. Somehow, for me a devoted iPod banger myself, it ain’t quite the same, but then I’m a guy who has shelves full of CDs and LPs and I work at a print magazine, i.e. something weighty you can look at photos in, turn the pages of and hold in your hand. Music being so ethereal and invisible, I can see how the whole need to touch became part of the ritual. Glad to see it carrying on via the mini-screen.