Parting with CDs

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Adam9, Aug 10, 2019.

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  1. Ned Bode

    Ned Bode You don't know how I wash dishes

    I wouldn’t blame any of this nonsense on liking music. Most people enjoy music just fine without twisting themselves into knots over it. It takes an audiophile perspective to achieve the hassle and headache.
     
  2. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

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    It's not just that he has different views, he used the term zeitgeist, for Heaven's sake!
     
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  3. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

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    This is a very interesting subject, at least for me. I'm Argentine and let's say I'm not fond of my country due to many reasons I will not mention here since we are not allowed to discuss politics in the forum (and rightly so!). One of the reasons I'm still living here are, believe it or not, my cd's. I know it would be impossible to move all my collection to another country without expending lots of money or jeopardizing its integrity. My collection consists of 1860 titles, and dozens of them are box sets, many of which feature very large packagings (Grateful Dead, I'm looking at you).
    My brother emigrated to Spain in 2002 and took with him a hundred or so of his cd's in one of those cases with inner wallets, a procedure that implied carrying the booklets separately and leaving the jewel boxes behind, of course. He had to leave many of his cd's here, anyway.
    I know I don't need all 1860 titles, but I don't imagine myself making a selection and trimming the quantity down to a hundred, it's absolutely impossible.
    Lately I've been avoiding box sets as much as possible, since I feel I should stop adding further burden to a potential emigration (being unemployed for the last three months has helped, but not that much, though :laugh: ).
    First world problem? Probably, but I know music fans will understand me.
     
  4. Guy E

    Guy E Senior Member

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    I was lucky when we relocated overseas; my wife was a returning national so we could bring a full container into the country, duty-free. I had designed a shelving unit for my music room in our apartment here. I knew how much space I'd have, so I gave about 800 LP's to a friend who does eBay auctions. Before leaving the US, I bought three Can-Am metal drawer units for my CD collection and I shipped it all over here, nearly 10,000 in number.
    [​IMG] ...not clutter. Definitely not clutter. I mean, what good would a few empty drawers do for anybody?
     
  5. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

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    And people here aren’t ever over the top?
     
  6. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

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    After reading this article, I'm not ready to call him a writer just yet.
     
  7. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

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    Those people get put on the ignore list, if need be.
     
  8. Guy E

    Guy E Senior Member

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    Back in the robust brick & mortar music shop days, the sale of Used LPs and CDs was often the most profitable part of running an independent music shop. It allowed the stores to discount the retail price on new product to compete with the big chains, while simultaneously keeping their businesses afloat.

    Nobody's blood pressure should go up fretting about used CD sales. It's silly. Taking a $4.99 punt on a CD often led to my buying multiple CDs by the same artist.
     
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  9. Rodz42

    Rodz42 Forum Resident

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    Fantastic article! I felt as liberated as this man did when I greatly paired down my collection. All killer no filler as they say!
     
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  10. Eric_Generic

    Eric_Generic Enigma

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    Exactly. It's a whole economy in itself, since the shops have to pay tax on the buying and selling of used items, places like Amazon take a cut from the sale of all used media on their platform, and the availability of OOP and rare titles on the second hand market keeps websites and indie shops in business. The majority of these CDs are no longer in print, or if they are they are in a different version.

    And this is before you also factor in the use of couriers and Royal Mail to send out used media, the interest in generates in often long-marginalised and forgotten artists, and so on.

    But no, let's just hand over the entire history of recorded music to a select few corporations to provide for us, dependent on internet connection, granted access and monthly fees.

    EG.
     
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  11. Rodz42

    Rodz42 Forum Resident

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    sounds like you just don't like an opinion that differs from yours....me personally I like hearing all sides and angles. Even some of the ridiculous comments in this particular thread
     
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  12. LloydTheVoid

    LloydTheVoid Well-Known Member

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    After reading the article and the posts on this thread, I'm headed out to get some more CDs for my collection. Happy listening everyone! :wiggle:
     
  13. 93curr

    93curr Senior Member

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    What do you do when you've pared your collection down to the bare minimum of nothing but killer and you still have about 13,000 CDs?
     
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  14. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

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    Hopefully, you LISTEN to it!
     
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  15. danielkov86

    danielkov86 Forum Resident

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    I bought my last CD in 2008 and started selling them off soon thereafter. Haven't played a CD in years. I enjoy vinyl at home and mp3s in my car.
     
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  16. Rodz42

    Rodz42 Forum Resident

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    the people on this forum take everything personal. I can't imagine how they do on facebook or twitter
     
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  17. Ned Bode

    Ned Bode You don't know how I wash dishes

    Reminds me of this bit:
     
  18. ANALOGUE OR DEATH

    ANALOGUE OR DEATH Forum Resident

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    Agreed,minimalism is the scourge of the 21st century.
     
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  19. Marty T

    Marty T Stereo Fan

    Yeah, I'm fairly similar in my disposition on CDs. I have em all on hard drive (backed up on an additional drive at home and on a 3rd drive off-site). I didn't believe I had any particular attachment either and had them boxed up for a few years after a move. But after a while, I missed them too much. So, after the purchase of several CD shelve units - out they came. Hence, I no longer think about getting rid of even those that have some value. The back up thing you mentioned is big along with the low resale value. I still play them on occasion in a 1961 Fisher console system I refurbished replacing the turntable with a 5-disk player.
     
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  20. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

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    I thought he sounded more like a person sharing his perspective on the article- I would assume the OP wants our perspective.. Apparently, you may not actually like "hearing all sides and angles."
     
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  21. ANALOGUE OR DEATH

    ANALOGUE OR DEATH Forum Resident

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    I've read about half of this thread so far.Think the grief the guy who wrote the article is getting is a bit rough.

    Seems that people are a bit unhappy because he seems to have fallen out of love with the medium,and that has touched a nerve with many.

    Myself,I'm mainly a vinyl nut but I have a good few hundred CDS and enjoy owning them.

    From what I understand of the article he is downsizing due to a move,which seems sensible.His choice of which albums he values over others is his personal musical choice,nothing to get bent out of shape by anyone else.
     
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  22. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Forum Resident

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    I've been doing this over time. Even gone through my few classical music cd's, soundtracks and comp cds. It's really a fun process. And liberating as well. Enjoyable to hear stuff you haven't heard in years and just cull stuff you don't like.

    If i only like a couple songs i'll put 'em on my i tunes and get rid of the cd. My i tunes is like a mix tape of songs i dig.
     
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  23. ANALOGUE OR DEATH

    ANALOGUE OR DEATH Forum Resident

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    My heart bleeds for Axel Rose!
     
  24. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Forum Resident

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    This Garth Brooks idea is foolish. What, no more Goodwill? No antique shops? No used appliance stores? No used book stores? These have been staple shops for years. A copy of Appetite For Destruction used ain't a sin. No matter what Garth says. There are used tractor auctions, should these be banned too , Garth?
     
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  25. angelo73

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    Sure they did.
     
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