The shrinkwrap comes off, that pesky label sticker is peeled away… then what? Do you lift the CD out and admire its scuff-free, mirrored perfection? Pop it into a player sight unseen? Rip it to the computer right away? Read the liner notes first? Just glance through them and return for more later? Do you let the disc play in the background or give it your full attention the first time through?
Since many of us buy or otherwise acquire an awful lot of new music, we’ve probably developed certain habits without even thinking about them.
Run me through your new CD ritual.