For this discussion, we wanted to cover the different ways we now have access to music.
We talked about the advantages and disadvantages of various formats, such as vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and digital-only releases.
The discussiom was also open to new ways of listening to, sharing, and organizing music, like Spotify, Turntable.fm, Ex.fm, Bandcamp, etc.
Denton (Little Advances):When was the last time any of you bought a CD? Serious question. I don’t think I’ve bought one for myself one in over 3 years. Pretty sure it was a used 400 Blows album I saw in the $0.99 rack at a liquidation sale.
I can sort of see why bands still want a cheap, physical format to sell at the merch booth, but it’s just not a format that holds any interest for me any longer. Once I rip it to my hard drive, it just sits on the shelf. CDs are the first things to go when the moving boxes come out.
Christina (Promising Chord):Great question. I bought a CD last week. Buying CDs is something that I have always done and will continue to do as long as they don’t become obsolete.
There is something about physically holding a CD, reading the liner notes, and admiring the art work that is so special to me. I have roughly 20 CDs in my car that I rotate through at the moment and I don’t own a fancy MP3 player.
I know it’s a dying format and saddens me to see it go. This year, however, I have been buying more vinyl than CDs depending on the artist or style of music.