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Poll: still buying cds?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Noel Patterson, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. 911s55

    911s55 Forum Resident

    Wa state
    Sure am, just bought Barbara Lewis on Rhino today.

    I won't find that material on LP, because I don't look!
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  2. Vinny123

    Vinny123 Forum Resident

    I buy cds all the time.
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  3. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Yeah, I still love them.

    I'm anticipating that I'll be buying them well into the future. I do generally prefer vinyl and always have but that's increasingly becoming a rich man's hobby. Space is also an issue. With vinyl I'm very happy with my collection as it is, but in the future I can imagine buying a few vinyl albums but a lot of CDs. They're so cheap but I have noticed prices of out of print CDs going up recently along with a lot going out of print.
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  4. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    It's hard to get on CD. I'm after a good Barbara Lewis compilation. One of the few Atlantic soul artists I don't have an LP or CD by.
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  5. soundboy

    soundboy Senior Member

    Just purchased Huey Lewis and The News' latest on CD.

    I waited until my local brick and mortar music store opened up to give them my $$$. Bezos is not getting my money on CDs.
    Giobacco and F1nut like this.
  6. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    If the LP costs more than ten dollars more than the CD, I'll buy the CD. This means I buy the LP 9 times out of 10.
  7. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Dayton, Ohio USA
    I mostly buy vinyl. I will make several trips to my local record store & mostly ignore the CDs. Although occasionally I'll flip through them.
    Rarely find much.

  8. tvstrategies

    tvstrategies Multicast is dead

    Only if it’s not on LP will I buy on CD. Otherwise, imho, music initially released on vinyl should be played from vinyl. Also, I try to buy the originals, not MFSL etc. Most of the many used record stores in Seattle are VG to EX at reasonable prices (a few bucks each, often).

    With reasonable exceptions, like the Giles Martin Beatles re-dos, Miles Davis complete sessions box sets, Gong special editions. Recent Zappa box sets like Roxy and Meat. The remix releases from Steven Wilson (Tull, Crim, Yes...) - which have been such major improvements that I saw no justification to wait for the vinyl versions
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020
  9. Remurmur

    Remurmur Music is THE BEST! -FZ

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  10. Remurmur

    Remurmur Music is THE BEST! -FZ

    As I've argued many times, CD's and Vinyl both have advantages and disadvantages over the other. I still own and play vinyl but have always been very sensitive to the pops, clicks, hiss, skips, warps, and off center issues that back in the pre-CD 80's , sent me back to the record store at least once and sometimes twice to three times trying to get a reasonably quiet copy of my most recent album purchase.

    Even with the possibility of the bad CD pressing or possible loudness/brick walling, I do not miss the above vinyl issues at all.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020
  11. Remurmur

    Remurmur Music is THE BEST! -FZ

    Every Saturday morning, I get up early and as my wife is a night owl and sleeps in , I let her sleep and head out to the thrifts looking for CD's. I have 5-6 stores that I hit in a logistical ,circular fashion every excursion.

    I have a system. I am looking mostly for near mint, unscratched CD's. If a desirable CD is scratched but still in print where I can still buy it through a regular music store , I pass. If it is desirable and out of print , I will allow a certain amount of scratches and will still buy it if it looks playable. That will be my copy until I find a better one at which point the scratched CD is donated back to the thrift store.

    I will happily buy duplicates of favorite albums, both to have a safety copy for myself, or to give out as gifts. I also watch out for label issued CD's to replace my BMG or Columbia Record Club copies.

    Sometimes I am lucky to bring one or two home. Sometimes I hit big. Just a few weeks ago, prior to the shutdown, and ironically, just after finishing Ken Burn's Country Music series, I found 22 classic country CD's , all in excellent shape or still sealed. We're talking Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson , Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, and a really nice Carter Family compilation among others.

    $.99 cents each.

    I do it for fun but mostly for the thrill of the hunt. When I sort through all the chaff and find that one CD in NM shape that makes it all worthwhile, it always brings a smile to my face.

    So, am I still buying CD's ?

    Hell, yeah...:righton:
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020
  12. Claude Benshaul

    Claude Benshaul Forum Resident

    I still buy CD occasionally but I never play them.
  13. Retro Music Man

    Retro Music Man Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    Even though I'm in my early 20s and have a Spotify subscription, I still buy quite a few CDs. And for a very interesting reason:

    It limits my choice of music.

    I'm serious. You can only own a finite number of albums on CD, which gives you a chance to fully appreciate each one. Streaming lets you flick between tracks & artists so quickly that you don't give any particular album a chance to sink in.
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  14. roxy17

    roxy17 Active Member

    athens (GR)
    enjoying this great forum, this is my first message>:edthumbs:
    As about CD's i like to buy CD-boxes, as i usually find nice content (mostly rock & classic music).
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  15. shug4476

    shug4476 Forum Resident

    Yep - second hand off eBay usually. In fact, I have just bought 21 CDs for about $40, delivered.

    I am loving it! If I find an album I really like, or if one is newly released that I really want, then I will get the vinyl.

    I've gone a step further and gotten a vintage iPod and rip all the CDs to AAC and listen on the go. I have cancelled Spotify etc subscriptions. For the cost of spotify I can get 5 CDs per month and own them forever. Much better.

    I would really like to get more HD music downloaded, but it really is hit and miss what you are buying. There is no way of knowing whether you are buying a scaled up 44.1/16 source, or a new source, a new master, or anything else.
  16. Still buying CDs and ripping them to FLAC on my music server.
    Then they go into the current box for storage - when it's full a new box starts.
    Don't have a CD player at home, and haven't had one for over a decade.

    I haven't played the hunt for the CD game since I started doing networked music streaming.
    Crawdad likes this.
  17. Yes, I buy used CDs and a rare new CD.
  18. box of frogs

    box of frogs Forum Resident

    Lincolnshire, UK
    I buy as many CDs / SACDs as vinyl albums, possibly more so (around 150 a year combined). As silver disc purchases are mainly jazz-related - where the mastering is more 'gentle' than rock/pop - SQ is more than acceptable.
  19. moonshiner

    moonshiner Forum Resident

  20. JorgeGvb

    JorgeGvb Senior Member

    Virginia Beach
    I’m still buying CDs, but mostly SACDs.
  21. Alan2

    Alan2 Forum Resident

    No you're not alone. I still buy them and there seem to be plenty in the shops and online. I picked up 2 bargains just recently, each £2.99.
  22. dcottrell6

    dcottrell6 Forum Resident

    Eastampton, NJ
    I buy new and used , rip them, then put them away.
    Also buy some downloads.
  23. Brenald79

    Brenald79 Forum Resident

    I didn’t buy a CD since March until 2 weeks ago I returned to the record stores for the first time and bought 17 used and 2 new CDs. I’ve stopped buying digital FLAC albums since getting Tidal.
  24. Grower of Mushrooms

    Grower of Mushrooms Omnivorous mammalian bipedal entity.

    Yes. I like vinyl, but purchases are extremely rare, it's just too expensive.

    So I buy CDs, 80% used, 20% new.

    I don't buy downloads.
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  25. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    Same here

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