CDs once seemed so precious.
Packaged in "jewel cases", there was indeed something gem-like about them.
The way they caught the light in their mirrored surface was just so pretty - they contained rainbows!
The technology behind CDs to this day seems something closer to magic. How is it possible to lace music into a thin silver disc, and then tease it out again with a laser?
It makes no sense at all, and I've never met anyone in my life remotely smart enough to figure out such a thing.
Then again, I move in pretty stupid circles.
Anyway, I haven't bought a CD in years, and I suspect that you haven't either - which probably explains why Gramophone and HMV are dropping like flies of late.
The last disc I actually purchased was for my son's fifth birthday, Blondie's Parallel Lines Deluxe Collector's Edition.
Putting aside the fact that it's weird to buy a five-year-old a Blondie CD, it's an absolutely gorgeous object.
There's a little booklet with stunning pictures and quotes from the band.
There's an extra DVD containing music videos for Heart Of Glass and other hits.
There are bonus tracks.