Poll: What will you do with your old CDs?

People are dumping entire CD collections, selling them, giving them away, or "repurposing" them. What will you do with yours?

Steve Guttenberg

I have around 3,000 CDs, and I don't plan on getting rid of them anytime soon, but I'm seeing more and more CDs in the garbage, and it makes me sad.

The fate of old CDs

What do you do with your old CDs?

I remember the same sort of mass purging of LPs, back in CDs' golden age. Back then people were buying CDs as fast as they could, and luckily for me I had my pick of their LP collections. Back then it was clear (to me) that LPs sounded better than CDs, especially those first- and second-generation digital monstrosities. So it's like deja vu now that so many folks are dumping CDs, and opting for crappier-sounding downloads.

This is the last physical music purge; when you replace downloads for the next delivery system, you'll just hit Delete.

Life is strange, but I'm not complaining; I'm getting lossless, uncompressed music for free, or really cheap.

Some CDs are repurposed and made into art or animal sculptures. I've seen CDs used as party coasters. I wonder how many people who transfer CDs to files really listen to them? I remember transferring LPs to cassettes to make them more portable, but not playing them all that much.

What about you? What are you going to do with your CDs?

About the author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.


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