As I write this, I am a guest researcher at Nottingham University in the U.K., staying at a grungy teacher's flat. In such circumstances, having access to your own music makes life a lot more agreeable, but of course I could not bring my CD collection with me. Fortunately, by buying some small speakers and hooking them up to my iPod, I can now listen to my records even though I am hundreds of miles from where the discs are physically located. For music, the physical storage medium is becoming increasingly irrelevant, being replaced by devices that access bits…
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