Question: How small does something have to be before you can lose it? And I'm not talking about leaving your cell phone on the train--I'm talking like I know it is somewhere in this house, I can't find it and it is driving me nuts.
One thing I've never lost is an LP. At 12 inches square it's just too big; if it was missing from my room it was stolen. Smaller CDs and cassettes, never lost them either, if I couldn't find one I'd often recover it by rooting around in the couch or under a car seat.
But SanDisk's slotRadio cards, forget about it. They're now selling 500 Motown classics on something the size of a postage stamp. If I had one I'd immediately transfer the files to my laptop, since the chances of my dog eating that in one bite, or me sending that through the washing machine, are slim. But you can't; the slotRadio cards are proprietary and have to go in a SanDisk MP3 player like the one above. I can't understand why you'd take something that's easily transferable and preservable by digital means and turn that into something easily lost. I suppose the motive is profit.
It also occurs to me that if you could take the Hot Tub Time Machine back to 1987 or 1967, grab an album cover designer and bring them back to our time, they'd be horrified. Here's the square foot they had to play around with back then:
And here's the comparative size of the slotRadio Motown Card:
Music media shrank and eventually disappeared into bits, and to me it seems a step backwards to bring it back into tiny physical media.