Fast forward to 2000 and making audio CD compilations was the norm. I made a bunch of these discs and just stashed them in the car for road trips. I played this one and it sounds just as good as the first time I made it. Digital is perfect and repeatable, in the event I want to make another CD with the exact same songs in the same order. I still make some comp CDs today just because I like the convenience of not having to think about what to play in the car. Each CD took about 30 minutes to make and the hard part is actually marking up the CD with the artist/song selection. (No Doubt, 2Pac and Ice Cube made my playlist back then but most definitely won't make it in today. )
And the last evolution (at least the one I've embraced) is the Ipod playlist. As "must have" for the daily commuter like me each playlist can be created and edited in seconds and adding to the list is as simple as holding down a button for a few seconds. At work today, as I was listening to songs, I would do just that -- add it to the On-The-Go playlist with the push of a button. What I added today? Rage, Audioslave, Rise Against, Foo Fighters. Ten years from now? I'll probably still be listening to Rage consider I was listening to it 13 years ago.