I've been into music and hi-fi since the early and late 70’s, respectively. The first 45rpm singles that I purchased, with my own money, were “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” and “Dueling Banjos”. But most of my music was in album form, since both of my parents worked on the LP pressing lines at the Columbia Records plants (Terre Haute, IN & Carrollton, GA). Every Christmas and birthday, I would get a nice, fat stack of LPs. So that set in motion the music collecting. As far as the hi-fi stuff, well I remember drooling over the very large Pioneer receivers and open-reel machines of the day (late 70’s) and I was hooked. Been collecting and upgrading on a budget scale, ever since.
As far as computers, I started using them in the earlier 80’s, but PC based audio would need to wait until the late 90’s. I remember recording LPs or cassettes to wave files, then worrying about hard drive space, until I burned the files to a CD. I am so glad the days of small HDDs are history. Hi-Res files are the future, IMHO.