The CD wallet versus the iPod: they both store music, but in two entirely different ways. I bought a CD case on eBay last week that holds 416 CD’s and went through all my CD’s tonight, pulled them out of their cases and put each one into its own sleeve inside the the new case; I filled 414 spots, it took me 2 hours. After I was done I had a pile of empty CD cases that spread halfway across my living room floor. The CD case now weighs 15 pounds and is 7″ thick. It’s an absolute beast and contains every CD I’ve ever purchased. By contrast my iPod weighs 4.8 ounces, is only .43″ thick and contains even more music than can be stored in that massive CD case. My iPod cost $299, that CD case cost me $25 bucks. It’s all relative I suppose. The CD’s sound far better on my 2-channel stereo than my iPod does, which goes without saying. But lugging around 414 CD’s in my car, on an airplane, or into work just sort of doesn’t make much sense, does it? Even though I love my iPod, I’d rather listen to an actual CD on the pair of speakers I spent months designing and building than listen to some compressed, lossy version of what used to be a decent recording of a song. I only wish over the years I had kept better care of my CD’s, since so many of them are scratched beyond repair and skip endlessly. I used to be so particular about keeping such good care of them, when I was younger, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve just grown lax about caring for them. Anyway, now that I’ve bought the case, hopefully I can keep them from getting scratched any worse and I can enjoy the great sound that only CD’s can offer. Only it takes me 10 minutes to find the CD I want, instead of just a few seconds and a couple of clicks. Ah, but it’s worth it for that great CD-quality sound.