During the late 90s and early this century, I kept buying more and more CDs. (Must have spent between 10 to 15 grand in all.) In addition to that, I downloaded a lot of CDs from friends and libraries. I used to pride myself for having a huge music collection on my computer (exclusively classical).
Just around 2005-2006, I found myself listening to Youtube videos more often than my own collection. Even if it was a piece that I had on my PC, I still founded it easier to just type the name in YouTube and get it right there, often with the option to hear different versions.
I think we have arrived a time in history, that instead of each person having their own collection, we have one huge collection for all.
I, for one, celebrate this. Any ideas?