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Physical or Download Music

by brianooomac / February 5, 2008 11:28 AM PST

What type of music do you prefer whether it be CDs, Vinyl, Downloads subcribtion, or even radio? And if you prefer physical media then what do you think is a good idea to keep the concept alive and well?

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it depends
by ktreb / February 5, 2008 1:02 PM PST

For my long-time favorite artists (been following 10-20 years), I go with CDs. I enjoy hearing their albums as a whole. Otherwise, I go with downloads so I don't have to commit to the expense of a whole album. These songs are more "disposeable" to me and if I lose them through system crashes (I do back up) or unsupported DRM (such as the March 31st end for Sony Connect songs) I won't feel such a great loss.

I've been buying CDs for nearly 25 years and while my collection numbers in the thousands, at least half of it is crap that I was forced to buy in order to get the one or two songs I really wanted. So, how to keep the concept alive and well? Better overall albums with little filler crap.

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by Nicholas Buenk / February 5, 2008 11:45 PM PST

CD's have advantages, no need to backup..... no compression...
But I never listen to them any more I always rip them... And they take too long to get to you if you order them.
I mostly stick to downloaded music.

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by n74jw / February 6, 2008 2:02 AM PST

The convenience is just much better than going to a music store. Even the Mom & Pop music stores don't compare as well. The live previews and the ease of use works for me.

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Download only
by PuT6hpcu2Xh3f / February 6, 2008 2:15 AM PST

I write a music blog and download about 25 albums a month. I just don't have the space to store that many CDs (let alone vinyl). I only by a CD if I can't find it at a DRM-free online service.

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Long Live CDs!!
by skellener / February 6, 2008 6:10 AM PST

I still by CDs. Sure when there's one measly track I like from an artist I will head over to Amazon or iTunes. But I really prefer buying CDs for bands I really like. Many times I find CDs in the used bins even cheaper than a digital download. I like owning the physical media. I like lending CDs to friends. I like having a built-in back-up (I rip the music to my drive/iPod and the CD is the back up!). I like being able to rip to whatever format I want. Ipods won't be around forever. I like that CDs are DRM free.I like being able to sell it back to the used CD store if I want. As long as they keep making CDs, I will always buy them.

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Physical or Download Music
by wizkids32 / February 6, 2008 6:31 AM PST

I download Music from itunes and both I don't buy CD's any more.

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The Cheapest
by Renegade Knight / February 7, 2008 4:06 AM PST

Digital suffers from "You can't transfer or modify this file" so it's disposable. Plus I like the orginal album art. If I buy a compolation CD I'd rather see the orignal art over someones cheese "best of the hard rock" art. If I want a single though it's a lot better than buying the CD.

However where I can I buy the CD. If I get sick of it I can give it to someone who likes it. I can also modify the file, or update my format when MP3 gives way to whatever is next. Physical media that you can convirt to digital is the best for me.

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