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Disney Makes Everyone Who’s Ever Owned a Record Player Feel Old

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This morning I was crunching some cereal with my almost-two-year-old daughter while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse when they discovered a giant record player. Mickey described what a record player is to Goofy life this, “An ancient machine. A long long time ago folks used to play music on them.”

Ancient? Ouch, that hurts.

Needless to say, dad here felt a little “old” after he heard that dig.

The episode I’m talking about was called Mickey’s Mystery! You can see the clip I’m talking about here on YouTube. They not only call record players ancient, but the one they discover is buried as ancient ruins and is made of stone. (Straight out of the friggen’ Flinstones!)

Now, I will concede that by the time I got into music, records had taken a back seat to cassette tapes and CDs were just starting to become the norm, but calling something that was in everyone’s home just 30 years ago ‘ancient’ seems like a bit of a jump. (Although, as fast as technology ages these days that would seem ancient.)

However, in 2013 digital music sales decreased, while sales of vinyl albums were at their highest mark since 1991. (That only account for 2% of all album sales, but I guarantee there are enough vinyl junkies to keep pressing records for years to come.)When was the last time a company released a new cassette, VHS tape or 8-track? Somehow vinyl has created its own staying power.

Yes, records are old, even outdated…but ancient? Come on!

I’ll get off of my high-horse now and wallow in the fact that my child will grow up learning about ‘ancient’ technologies like record players that her dad used before she was born. I guess I need to start making up stories about walking uphill both ways in the snow to school to tell her too…

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