I’m a guy who likes to hold what I own. I like to walk over to the shelf and pull out a CD (or, yes, even a record), let it spark memories, associations. So I have a problem with the cloud, and digital music in general–it’s another way of saying “out of sight, out of mind.” It breeds mindless consumption. You’re just a digital hoarder, a high-tech Collyer brother, throwing it all in the cloud. And when you don’t take possession of the ideas bound in a book or an album–if you don’t live with them–how can you really understand them? I’m sure in fifty years our brains will have been rewired by the singularity and I’ll find it so convenient to store this stuff in the cloud. But for now I’ll stay here, earthbound.
Michael Hainey, GQ Magazine September 2011