Forget the CDs and digital files,
- I'm still using the great old tapes (as in cassette tapes) for my music and let me tell you, ELO, BTO, Eddie Money, etc all sound better on a tape than any digital media you can ever find.
- —Guest Compgeke
Vinyl is Superlative.
- MP3 files have a maximum bitrate of what, 320kbps? 44100hz? Boooooooo. CDs can hold up to what, 1200kbps? Even if you rip to lossless audio files (i.e., FLAC), you are still not getting the highest quality sound. It is not possible in the digital realm, unless the master was recorded at these low qualities as well. Records store the original analog media, not a watered down approximation. Plus all the unreleased music that you can only find on records, such as rare Promo mixes from artists that died off a long time ago. The full artwork, the full sound, the full EXPERIENCE that the author intended is on records. Booklets, lyrics, posters. And unlike tapes, you can still select a track without fast forwarding, etc. Also something that CDs can't do: Play backwards. And at different speeds. Get out there and buy yourself a nice phonograph with all those pretty attachments. And don't forget to register to vote.
- —Guest Richard Pumpaloaf
Vinyl all the way
- I always used to buy CDs - now it's Vinyl all the way. It just has something about it. The artwork, something tangible to display, great sound. CDs lost their value once anyone could burn one. Buying a digital copy seems no better than having a copy from a friend - I would be depressed to think that MP3s were the only way to buy music
- —Guest Are CDs Really Dead?
- I love CD's over digital media. I usually rip them, but i also buy online. Pop 'em in the car, great sound quality, soon I hope to buy vinyl too. I always love physical media, less to go wrong/
- —Guest C
cds are excellent
- it would be crazy to ever get rid of cds they are the best format ever mp3s are a load of crap
- —Guest lex law
- i like the cds cos if your laptop and ipod or whatever gets stolen or the donwload dont work u have to buy it again unlike cds
- —Guest tah
Cd's all the way
- I am a music fan, unlike those who prefer downloading a single disposable song to the actual physical album. Downloads are a scam, if your hdd crashes or anythimg goes wrong, have fun buying it all over.
- —Guest Jslam17
Are CDs Really Dead?
- i still buy cds and download music on my ipod i didnt stop buying cds just because i had a ipod or a mp3 player i injoy listen to my music on my ipod and i aslo listen to cds on my stereo or in the car . just because people say listen to music on the internet is cooler than buying cds doesnt mean you should stop buying cds or stoping listening to cds . i dont think cds are dead or they will die i mean think about it how is the band or singer going make music without cds and how do you think they get on the itunes frostwire or napster ?
- —Guest Sean
- Of course i'm still buying CDs! I can't imagine ever stopping, to be quite honest. There is absolutely nothing better than owning a physical copy of your favourite CD, which is almost like a certificate saying, 'Hey, you truely OWN this album!' I don't really understand the whole iTunes fad [Yes, i said fad, because in my opinion, it just is.] and how it's making music 'better'. Honestly, it's wrecked the music industry, so why should i support such a thing? But to conclude this, i just think there is nothing better than owning a physical copy of an album you love!
- —Guest Azoshi
I LOVE CDs
- I always feel like that if I don't have the actual physical object, I don't own it. And besides album artwork is the best!
- —Guest nirvanarocks
I Don't Buy Music!
- In my opinion, it is unethical to fund the music industry because music is an auditory sensation. For me, I've never purchased a song in my life. I only pirate my songs. :D
- —Guest Katie S
Stopped buying MP3's
- About a year ago I switched back to buying CDs and recently I've been buying vinyl. A lot of vinyl albums come with a mp3 download card. That is THE BEST because I get the huge album artwork that is inherent to the vinyl format plus I can easily load the album onto my iPhone. To me, having the album artwork (including lyrics, liner notes, poster etc) is hugely important. I like to look at the artwork etc while I'm listening to the music the first time. If I buy the mp3 files only, I feel like I am missing out! Also I had a hard drive crash and lost a ton of music, so that really turned me off to mp3s. I didn't think it would happen to me but it did!
- —Guest tr
- With pros and cons of each, I tend to buy the cheaper of the two. If the price is within a dollar, it is a tougher call. Depending on how good the album is, I would probably prefer the CD, so I can burn my own MP3s.
- —Guest Joel J.
I will in a short time
- I have a feeling that if i download, i just dont have it! Technology is going forward, but i wanna stay here! I download now, but i'm planning of buying cd's! I mainly listen AC/DC, Zeppelin, GnR: Rock. And i wanna do it out of respect for these bands! They make art, and i feel i must buy their art!
- —Guest YOOOWWW
Can't let go.
- My response would be that I'm struggling to let go of CDs! I'm 15, so I suppose i would be expected to be 'in' with the MP3s-all-round craze of the new technological music world but I'm really wondering if they can ever be as good as something real, something you can hold and see? Apart from the slight inconvenience of CDs, and the issue of them getting damaged, CDs are, well i can't think of a better way of putting it - real. I admit to having the same paranoia as a previous reviewer of losing mp3 files, their intangibility causing me to worry about my music collection. I guess I just don't like the idea of stopping buying CDs and consqeuently having the rest of my life's music buys saved as no more than MP3s. Someone also said that now they don't buy CDs they don't really listen to a whole album anymore. This would be another concern for me - that you lose real connection with the music... I am being forced to cut short;(character limit), but basically, i'm torn. :(
- —Guest Fresketic