Love your CD burner, hate your CD burner -- Salon offers a point-counterpoint discussion today on the merits of making mixes on your home computer, instead of the old nostalgic cassette deck method, a la High Fidelity. Speaking as someone who still uses the tape deck in her car, to play ancient warped mix tapes I made on endless nights over a cheesy portable radio in my youth, I have to say there are advantages to the digital version: speed, speed, and speed. You may lose the "hand of the maker" quality, but I just don't have three hours at a stretch to sit around and dub stuff for the one I love...who, incidentally, is something of an expert in this area anyway. (Get the day pass to read the Salon content -- sorry, it's worth it!)

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