My poor wee CD player is, in fact, completely lost to me. No amount of coaxing, cheerful talk, comforting petting or rallying cries of "up 'n at 'em!" can get a response. It's dead to me.
So this is what it feels like when doves cry.
And hard as it may be, I'm forced to confront the question no one should have to ask:
Is it time to let it go? And find a new portable music device in my life?
Thing is, from a cold, hard, rational point of view, the answer would be an obvious yes. An iPod or something is clearly what I need, being far superior technically and much more in keeping with the demands I place on my travelling music companion.
THE ARGUMENT IN FAVOUR:
I burn a CD every day or two just to have something new in my ears. This isn't that cheap.
I have nearly 30 GB of music on my computer at work, which makes up over 95% of the thing's hard disk space. It practically spits out smokes and makes shuddering sounds every time I turn it on, that's how weighed down by tunes it is. I near to clear it up a bit.
The cost of fixing the CD player would probably be close to the cost of some kind of mp3 thingy.
Carrying around a bulky discman is pretty awkward sometimes.
THE ARGUMENT AGAINST:
My little CD buddy and I have travelled the world together - we've been in nine countries and three continents by my estimation. And despite the occasional tantrum, he's never let me down.
He was a gift from my ex who is still a close friend, and how often does that happen?
Can I really afford the outlay for a new device? (No).
iPods are kind of a "gateway" technology, and the purchase of one will lead to me buying other, harder devices which may not be in my best interests.
Well, that's it. I've laid out my case.
And so I ask you, the almighty internet, to give me your verdict. I know you aren't really a being capable of sound judgement, instead being more of a collection of electronic signals and wires and stuff. But I have faith, and that's all it needs.
Hear me now.