# Let me tell you a little about myself

Let me tell you a little about myself
Before I'm consigned to history's shelf.
I'm just in my 30s, though I feel so old.
It'll just take a minute for my tale to unfold.

Sometimes I think I have OCD —
I don't function well when I feel dirty,
And cats and dogs really give me fits
Cuz if I get scratched I might lose my --

It used to be I was everywhere.
The shiny new kid without a care.
Got my start in the music industry;
Was just sixteen when I got my Grammy.

Soon everybody wanted to copy me,
Ripping me off like some wannabe —
Hey, it's cool, imitation's just flattery
(Though the lawyers might tend to disagree)

But I wasn't content to just do one thing:
I mastered new stuff I hadn't done before.
Everyone knew I had so much more in store.

Started wearing new colors, started sporting new styles,
Gave photographers more chances to capture my smiles,
Started coming to my fans' houses regularly,
Opened new ways for them to interact with me.

The nerds all loved me; when they took a look,
I had something in common with their dear Thain's book!
They helped me launch yet a new career,
Though that's finally reached its end, I fear.

I held a lot of records in my heyday,
And it doesn't look like they'll be going away.
But time marches on, as it always will
And the last ten years have been all downhill.

I'm not as popular as I was in my prime
but I still make the rounds from time to time.
I'm a big part of some people's memories,
And they may call me up to aid in their reveries.

If you've patiently listened as this tale I told
You'll agree it's ok that I feel so old.
But I think we can both quite safely agree
That you now know my real identity.

Who am I?

• Omg, is enormous. is needed to explain each line? – lois6b Nov 16 '16 at 7:59
• You told me you were doing your first riddle... You sure don't do things half way huh. haha. – stack reader Nov 16 '16 at 8:00
• @stackreader Lol. Yeah, first riddle. I hope people enjoy it. – Rubio Nov 16 '16 at 8:01
• @lois6b I don't think it's necessary to explain each line, but each line certainly could be explained as almost every one adds something to the picture. – Rubio Nov 16 '16 at 8:02
• @rubio mhhh intriguing – lois6b Nov 16 '16 at 8:09

is it

CD(compact disc)

I'm just in my 30s, though I feel so old.

Technology's introduction is in 1982

Sometimes I think I have OCD —
I don't function well when I feel dirty,

I remember cleaning and trying removing the scratches so that cd will stat working

And cats and dogs really give me fits Cuz if I get scratched I might lose my --

bits

It used to be I was everywhere.
The shiny new kid without a care.
Got my start in the music industry;
Was just sixteen when I got my Grammy.

Soon everybody wanted to copy me,
Ripping me off like some wannabe —
Hey, it's cool, imitation's just flattery
(Though the lawyers might tend to disagree)

copying cds

But I wasn't content to just do one thing:
I mastered new stuff I hadn't done before.
Everyone knew I had so much more in store.

CD, DVD, HD-DVD, Blue-ray (also writable ,re-writable)

Started wearing new colors, started sporting new styles,
Gave photographers more chances to capture my smiles,
Started coming to my fans' houses regularly,
Opened new ways for them to interact with me.

maybe photo-CD

I held a lot of records in my heyday,
And it doesn't look like they'll be going away.
But time marches on, as it always will
And the last ten years have been all downhill.

CD records, now the popularity of CD is decreasing

I'm not as popular as I was in my prime
but I still make the rounds from time to time.
I'm a big part of some people's memories,
And they may call me up to aid in their reveries.

of course it is!! I remember boasting to my friends when I bought my first audio cd(and it is still with me, though the back side is all dots and scratches)

• Nice job. And yes, "bits". Why, what else would it be? ;) If you want to fill in more details as they occur to you, feel free, or else if it's ok with you I'll add some additional explanation to your answer sometime tomorrow – Rubio Nov 16 '16 at 8:52
• @Rubio thankx. about adding the explanation, I will try – smriti Nov 16 '16 at 8:58
• Technical Grammy Award for Sony and Philips, 1998. It would have been 16 years since it was introduced. – Sabre Nov 16 '16 at 14:13
• I went ahead and posted all the clues and their intended meanings as a self-answer. – Rubio Nov 16 '16 at 23:31

the Compact Disc, or CD.

Here's the explanation of all the clues in the riddle.
Click the magic button below to show them.

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Yup.} \\\text{And it doesn't look like they'll be going away.}&\ &\textit{CD media is supposed to have a long lifespan.} \\\text{But time marches on, as it always will}&\ &\textit{BMG stopped its mail-order Music Service in 2009;} \\\text{And the last ten years have been all downhill.}&\ &\ \ \ \ \textit{sales of CDs are way down since 2004.} \\\ \\\text{I'm not as popular as I was in my prime}&\ &\textit{MP3 players, smartphones, streaming services have taken over.} \\\text{but I still make the rounds from time to time.}&\ &\textit{Rounds? Get it? I kill myself!} \\\text{I'm a big part of some people's memories,}&\ &\textit{Many people have favorite music or photos on CDs} \\\text{And they may call me up to aid in their reveries.}&\ &\ \ \ \ \textit{and play them to reminisce.} \\\ \\\text{If you've patiently listened as this tale I told} \\\text{You'll agree it's ok that I feel so old.}&\ &\textit{CDs definitely feel dated to most modern folk.} \\\text{But I think we can both quite safely agree} \\\text{That you now know my real identity.}&\ &\textit{Indeed.} \\ \end{array}}\endtoggle$

Note 1

Compact Discs originally came only in silver. Now you can find them in pretty much any color. They also come in different styles (ones that look sort of like vinyl discs, for example), different sizes (mini CDs and "business card" size, as well as 74 and 80 minute capacity).
Moreover, different formats have different specifications, which are colloquially referred to by the color of the cover of their spec documents. Audio CD is defined by the Red Book, Super Audio is the Purple Book, CD-ROMs are the Yellow Book, and so on; in many cases, a single specification document now has extenstions that cover different styles (for example, Red Book covers Audio, and its extensions add CD-Text and CD-MIDI).

Note 2

Another document is also commonly called the Red Book - namely the Red Book of Westmarch, the specific copy called the Thain's Book in particular. Tolkien fans, often considered nerds, might well appreciate the Red Book nomenclature.

Fun Bonus Fact

Anyone old enough probably remembers those AOL CDs that everyone seemed to get in the mail, sometimes monthly, sometimes even more often. They made decent coasters, sure, and putting useless CDs like those in the microwave for 10 seconds with all the lights off is still really cool *, but man ... after the first half dozen or so showing up, it started getting realllllly tiresome.

Well, do you know how much AOL spent sending those out?
According to Jan Brandt, AOL’s former Chief Marketing Officer:
"Over \$300 million :-) At one point, 50% of the CD’s produced worldwide had an AOL logo on it."

I thought you all should know.
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* If you damage your microwave doing this, don't blame me.

• WOW. That spoiler toggling is incredible. How had I never come across this possibility before?!?!?! – Rand al'Thor Nov 18 '16 at 19:47
• MathJax is kinda cool :) but if you look at the source you'll see it's no particular picnic. I end up running things like that through script filters or inputting them gets pretty horribly tedious. – Rubio Nov 18 '16 at 19:48

It's

a CD.

And extending smriti's explanation:

"It used to be I was everywhere. The shiny new kid without a care. Got my start in the music industry; Was just sixteen when I got my Grammy."

Sony and Philips were given a Technical Grammy Award for the development of CD in 1998, so exactly 16 years after technology introduction.