A TEENAGE boy believes he is the coolest person in his university halls thanks to his arsenal of outdated digital downloads.
Oliver O’Connor, aged 19, thinks vinyl has become so ubiquitous that it is no longer interesting and has started collecting illegally ripped early-2000s MP3s instead.
O’Connor said “If too many people enjoy something then it must be shit, which is why I have decided to become obsessed with a totally outmoded method of listening to music.
“It’s a bit tricky to show off about, as you can’t display MP3s on your wall like you can with record sleeves, so I’ve printed out screenshots of the digital files and stuck them up instead. I guess it’s like an ironic commentary on physical media. That’s what I tell people anyway.”
O’Connor has found that girls have mixed feelings about being asked to come back to his and sit around a tiny portable player sharing wired earphones while he rambles about his enthusiasm for pirated Avril Lavigne songs.
He said: “They don’t get it and just say it would be way easier to stream stuff on my phone. And I have to ask myself if I really want to be hanging out with people like that?
“I mean, obviously I do, they’re girls. But what would Bob Dylan think?”