I had a portable record player as a kid and I played it non-stop. In truth I bought only a few records before tapes took over. I had mostly tapes when H and I met and moved in together. He had the CDs and I eventually sold my tapes and either replaced them with CDs or did without.
Now we have iPods and download the music we want. I haven't bought a non-kid related CD in years.
I remember my mom had these inserts for the 45s, which made it easy to play them on the turn table. They were red and yellow and looked like poker chips with holes in the center. She kept them in the console record player in a baby food jar. I had a portable record player in my bed room. I listened to story records and music. When I was older it was audio books on tape from the library. Records from the library were a mixed bag, so often they were scratched.
The kids have CD players in their rooms. Once upon a time L wouldn't go to sleep without music, now she wants the room quiet. E loves his music. He won't go to sleep without it.
H refuses to have any music on when we go to sleep, I like to listen to audio books or music, so I listen to my iPod before bed. It works.
So here it is, the first music I ever spent money on. I still like this song, it makes me smile, for a variety of reasons.
Dexys Midnight Runners, Come on Eileen