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When it comes to purchasing music, do you still buy CDs?

Response Percent Votes
Yes, I like having a hard copy
47% 363
No, I download music
33% 259
I don’t purchase music
19% 147
Total 769


Mike Hatch 7 years ago

Sometimes, but I have more on vinyl and wax (cylendars).

John Spencer 7 years ago

You should probably look up how to spell "cylinders" before making up a story that you own them. :^)

squarepusher 7 years ago

Dang, wax cylinders. I heard those are crazy brittle. And very expensive.

Mike Hatch 7 years ago

They are brittle. More often than not, when I'd see them at estate sales and antique shops, they'd be in pieces when you'd look inside of the cardboard container. I haven't bought any in years, but in the 80s and 90s, they were usually around $5 each. Was a casual passing interest. Never got a player, though. Those things are really pricey if they work.

Mike Hatch 7 years ago

Thanks for the spelling tip.

Believe what you want, no nevermind to me.

Chris Bohling 7 years ago

Absolutely. Lots of CDs have interesting cover art and/or liner notes. Furthermore, I've found that mp3s/m4as are still more easily damaged/lost than hard copies, and I've had too many bad experiences with the iTunes store giving me damaged files after I've paid for them to entrust my CD money to Apple.

gccs14r 7 years ago

I pretty much quit buying CDs when RIAA started suing people. I liked the idea of being able to listen to a few songs from an album to see if it was worth purchasing. Now that they're willing to sue people into the poor house for it, screw 'em.

Bill Lee 7 years ago

I buy new and used CDs and vinyl. If I find an old cassette I want, I'll get it, too. People also give me a lot of music. Since I lost a very large collection that incuded many one-of-a-kind recordings in a fire five years ago (Boardwalk), it will take me many more years to build up my collection.

northtowngrl 7 years ago

Glad to see so many vinyl lovers are still around. I buy music in almost any format. if you have a discriminating ear, you can pick up different sounds and nuances with different formats. CDs sometimes sound flatter than vinyl so I keep my classics on good ole vinyl. But CDs provide a much better overall experience than simply downloading individual songs.

Lawrence Morgan 7 years ago

Apparently the artist works for free, as far as you are concerned. I don't take that point of view. Artists and musicians work hard at their professions, and they deserve to be paid for their work.

Chris Bohling 7 years ago

Yes, but more often than not it's the labels financing the tours, for better or for worse. No record sales usually equals no tour.

Shadysides 7 years ago

Here are the thoughts on that from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, who last I checked makes a living in the arts. BTW, I do buy vinyl frequently.

WN: What if the efforts to stop unauthorized music file sharing are successful? How would that change culture? Tweedy: If they succeed, it will damage the culture and industry they say they're trying to save. What if there was a movement to shut down libraries because book publishers and authors were up in arms over the idea that people are reading books for free? It would send a message that books are only for the elite who can afford them. Stop trying to treat music like it's a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can't be cheap, either.

WN: How do you feel about efforts to control how music flows through the online world with digital rights management technologies? Tweedy: A piece of art is not a loaf of bread. When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that's it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it's just data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience. How they perceive your work changes your work. Treating your audience like thieves is absurd. Anyone who chooses to listen to our music becomes a collaborator. People who look at music as commerce don't understand that. They are talking about pieces of plastic they want to sell, packages of intellectual property. I'm not interested in selling pieces of plastic.

beatrice 7 years ago

Oh yes, I buy CDs. I like having complete records, much more so than just a collection of songs. I often find I like the buried tracks more than the familiar or popular tunes. I also still have my vinyl records, but I haven't purchased new vinyl in probably 25 years.

Thanks for reminding me I'm old.

northtowngrl 7 years ago

Not old... just....well seasoned. :)

anomicbomb 7 years ago

Wow, 51%? I'm a bit surprised...with 1 or 2 exceptions, I don't think I've bought CDs in 11-12 years...

booyalab 7 years ago

I'll download or listen online to learn about new music, but I always eventually buy the hard copy if I like the artist. It's not just a symbolic gesture. CDs are of significantly better quality than the 128 kbps you get from a typical mp3.

somedude20 7 years ago

use to by em now I just spend my loot on hookers and coke (the drink of course, hi whitney) and I am still bi-winning

slowplay 7 years ago

It's been 10 years since I bought a CD. Gave all my vinyl and CD's (about 1,000 albums) to my son and he digitized them for me.

squarepusher 7 years ago

Definitely the CD. Holds value more than a digital download. Can't resell a download (legally). Cover art, misprints, extras like stickers, gate-folds, posters, signatures, the smell of paper are very important. My secondary is cassette tapes. Thirdly LP's. Never found anything on 8-track that appealed to me for collecting.

squarepusher 7 years ago

Although if Tonto's Expanding Headband was found on 8-track I might change my mind out that format.

pizzapete 7 years ago

I still buy vinyl, I found a Lost Poets album yesterday for cheap, it made my day.

lounger 7 years ago

Vinyl or download. Compact Disks are horrible! You can treat them very nicely and they still get scratched! I have a mini disk player and it is far superior to the big compact disk (think back to DVD's and Beta's). C.D.'s are old technology and the sound is not as "Fat" as vinyl-clearer, yes-but not as "Fat".

7texdude 7 years ago


I download a lot of stuff, but if I can find a used CD I want, then I'll buy it. Used CDs are still cheaper than a lot of downloads.

Mike Hatch 7 years ago

If you like vinyl, the library book sales here and Topeka (bigger selection and cheaper prices than Lawrence) are pretty good places to get them. It's a fun dig if you've got the time.

George_Braziller 7 years ago

The Social Service League dumpster is a great place to get them for free. All the donated recordings on vinyl go into the trash. Doesn't matter what it is. Jean Ann doesn't want to deal with any of it because it would cut into her two hour coffee breaks at the Pig.

FredGarvin_MP 7 years ago

Here's a nice way to preview new CD's. New music every Tuesday.

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