I remember using, barely a decade ago, a little thing they called VHS. Something the young kids today will either say "What is that ?" or "It's prehistoric !!". The last movie I bought on VHS was around 2003 (But I don't remember what it was). Then I was forced to update all my VHS collection on this new thing called DVD. I started updating to DVD, when, suddenly, in 2006 - 3 years after starting buying DVD's - A new product arrived..... Blu-Ray/HD-DVD. I am lucky I went to Blu-Ray and not HD-DVD... I still buy DVD's today, but it seems in a few year, I will be forced to updating my movie collection a 2nd time in about 10 years... I can't keep up. It seems people already are already beyond Blu-Ray's - they are going to external hard drive to store these wonderful avi. files... and now you can even have your own collection of 1080p Blu-Ray's right on your computer without paying one cent apart from your internet connection... given you have enough download speed to not spend a week downloading 1 film... I know people that still have the dual DVD+VHS players... Don't you remember the TV's with VHS players in them ?
I also remember the good old cassette tapes - you know, the thing you could never scratch... just cut a bit of the magnetic band, and you'll loose less than a second of music. I still have some of them, with such unknown albums and music that were never transfered to CD's... And it didn't took very long for the first iPods to appear... No longer need to stack up my CD's... just put them on your iPod... With bigger and bigger storage pace on those, you can now have a collection of music that a CD collectioner would need a lot of money and a big house to get... Now I have a hard time finding a radio station/CD player that has a cassette player instead of a USB cord for my iPod... And about the iPods... thank god they play downloaded music... Because with an iPod of 34 Gb, it would cost you the same amount of money than a new Aston Martin to fill it up with music and movies...
When I was a kid back in the late 90's, I had a walkman for my cassettes... Great stuff... But soon I had to get a CD-walkman to be 'cool' with other kids in my school.
Don't you remember this :
Those were cool when I was young. I remember 10 years ago my electronics store had a big stack of those. How cool was it to walk on the street. with this on your shoulder, and sharing your music with other people ?? Back in the day's when moving your head back-and-forth to the music's beat was cool, and not 'sad' when kids today do it when listening to the music in their earphones... and you can't hear the music yourself.
My dad was sad when the decline of vinyls arrived... He still has a huge collection. Damn the vinyl covers were awesome !! Now it seems it is slowly starting to be 'vintage cool'. But they are made in limited numbers now... I know some people who still buy vinyls to this day.
The TV's... Good god. I still remember my dad buying these huge TV's... so thick it barely fit on the shelf !! I've only bought my first plasma TV in 2003... Now I have a Full-HD (1080p) 42 inch TV... Now I have to buy a 3D one ? Haha like I'm going to watch 3D movies all day with 3D glasses on- my eyes would gouge out... Now it seems they are doing 3D TV's where you don't need glasses ? When will it stop... I could also buy a TV that has internet on it... I don't watch TV for browsing videos on youtube... that's for my computer...
Video games... I remember having the Super Nintendo. Then in the late 90's I got my N64... Still got it today - for me, it's the best console in history... I skipped the PS1 and went straight to PS2... Now I have an XBOX 360... I don't have kinect - like I'm going to jump up and down/dance all day in front my TV... Now, after spending 50 euros on a game... I have to spend 15 euros more on downloaded content, extra maps, zombie fights ?? *coughblackopscough*. The solo campaigns are getting smaller and smaller... I don't care about online multiplayer - where is the good old split screen ?
I still remember the Gameboy... then I went to Gameboy Advance... and how to PSP... And now they expect me to spend 250 euros on PSPVista ?? On a design that barely changes ?
My god, how fast did the world change in a decade... too fast for me and my wallet... where will it go next ?