Ignoring download cards in vinyl purchases

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Muriel Heslop, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Muriel Heslop

    Muriel Heslop Night is young and the music's high Thread Starter

    Am I the only one?

    I seem to have no penchant for audio stored on a computer.Don' t get me wrong...I love streaming,but when I find something I like while streaming,I buy the physical product i.e. CD or vinyl.Mostly vinyl these days because I almost always prefer that vinyl sound.Many new releases contain a download card.I don't throw the cards away but I also can't be bothered to download.

    Maybe I am way too old school.
  2. Ben Adams

    Ben Adams Forum Resident

    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    You're far from the only one. Download cards typically have less than a 20% redemption rate.
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  3. Guitarded

    Guitarded Forum Resident

    I keep them around to shim turntables. Other than that they are a menace.
  4. JamieLang

    JamieLang Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    I largely do....but, for different reasons, as I have drives full of my whole wall of CDs ripped and HDTracks purchases....even some vinyl rips.

    I don't give a **** about some mp3s. I don't use mp3s even for small "phone over cell network" play--I use mp4.

    They would get me a to buy a LOT more vinyl if it included a choice for the HD files. Because then--I could know when I spend $29 that I will get the best sounding version being released. Might be the vinyl....might be the HD....but, either way, the price of an album is $29. Rather than....$15....then maybe $29 more....
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  5. BeauZooka

    BeauZooka Forum Resident

    I use them 80% of the time, unless I already have a good rip of the record.
    I need ‘em for the car!
  6. Starquest

    Starquest Forum Resident

    Twin Cities, MN
  7. B. Bu Po

    B. Bu Po Senior Member

    I save them for my friends.
  8. c-eling

    c-eling I never dreamed another way.

    I always DL it. For re-issues if it's not a unique mastering I delete it.
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  9. Larry Loves LPs

    Larry Loves LPs Forum Resident

    Alexandria, VA
    I stopped using them a couple of years ago but I do keep the cards as I’m OCD. I stream Apple Music in my car and listen to LPs at home.
  10. Myke

    Myke Listening

    I usually send the codes to my friends here at SH.tv. :hugs:
  11. 131east23

    131east23 Person of Interest

    Never used one... LP's are forever!
  12. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    I keep the cards but don't use them. Download cards may disappear at some point, and if so, they might be an interesting artifact to keep with LPs from this particular period.
  13. Ditmasduke

    Ditmasduke Forum Resident

    The future’s obi strip?
  14. brimuchmuze

    brimuchmuze Forum Resident

    I redeem them, especially if they are high res.
  15. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    I have given every one away.
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  16. JamieLang

    JamieLang Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    Thats what I want. Literally never seen it....who have you bought that did that?
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  17. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    Always redeem them if they are flac or wav. In my limited experience the files are not ripped from a cd and not clipped/maximized, in other words, the best source really. This is al least true for Domino Records.
  18. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    They make handy last minute gifts for millennials. I'm pretty sure they take one look and think "Oh great, physical media... " and toss it in the trash.
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  19. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    I've bought 10 year old secondhand LPs that have working download cards shoved into the sleeve. The only one to have expired was that Dylan triple Sinatra thing.
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  20. LivingForever

    LivingForever Always one more tomorrow...

    I can’t believe that this is considered “old school”, but I am old school in that I want every album I buy to be in my digital library so I can add it to playlists and play in the car, on the plane and so on.

    When albums come with a DL code (yes, even if it’s only MP3), this is perfect for me. When they don’t, I end up spending £20 on the vinyl and then another £8-9 on buying it from iTunes. Which means it costs 3 times as much as buying the CD instead of just twice as much. :realmad:
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  21. dharmabumstead

    dharmabumstead Forum Resident

    Seattle area
    I ignore them because I do my own vinyl rips that sound a lot better to me.

    The few times I've tried redeeming a download card the tracks have sounded like rubbish (the worst was the downloadable tracks for Joe Walsh's Analog Man album, ironically enough - a brickwalled earbleed horror).
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  22. jɑmbo

    jɑmbo AFG Editor-in-Chief

    I normally use them, but there are some where I already own a CD that I have ripped and then I'll share them with a mate.

    Feel free to PM me any unused codes :uhhuh:
  23. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun Incompletist

    I put them in a digital Walkman and walk with them. I also burn them to CD for special occasions. However, I respect your resolve to avoid them.
  24. Razzle123

    Razzle123 Forum Resident

    Bedford, UK
    Pretty much the same for me ... though I wouldn't buy a download, but may well buy the CD as well !
  25. Zongadude

    Zongadude Music is the best

    If it gives Hires files, it's an immediate download.
    If it gives 16/44 lossless files, I download only if I don't have the files already on my music server.
    If it's mp3 I don't even bother.

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