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Here’s a question for you, and for myself as well. Why do I buy cd’s? Or vinyl for that matter? Sure, lets talk about the easy answers – I like holding a physical and tangible object in my hands. I like reading the liner notes. I like the little buzz I get from opening the plastic packaging and seeing all the art work for the first time. I enjoy the fact that I can see a complete piece of art the way the artist intended it to be presented.
Typing this now I’m a little struck by the fact that my initial defences of disc purchasing are all visually related reasons. Â What about the music??
If I want to be completely realistic about how much time I spend at home listening to music on our stereo, it probably accounts for 3 and half percent of my total listening time in general, which on the average week is not a whole lot sadly. Lately when I buy a cd, it comes home with me, gets unwrapped and looked over, liner notes read, disc popped into the computer and ripped, then cd shelved. And there it sits for the most part, unless we have people over or are spending an extended period of time in the living room. Looking at it this way, my cd buying habit is extremely wasteful in an environmental Â sense. The amount of packaging, ink, and plastics that go into the manufacturing of the object is large, and then coupled with the fact that this object will realistically get taken out and used a limited number of times makes it all seem really unnecessary. Most download sites like bandcamp offer your choice of audio formats, so loss of fidelity due to bad mp3 compression is becoming a thing of the past. Apple does their own encoding which isn’t as great as getting a full WAV file but it’s getting better.
I essentially thinking out loud here, I think artists have a variety of amazing ways to present their products at this point with enhanced material for usage on an iphone/ipad for example, without having to print a physical product.Â I’m also really curious how many people out there either buy 1 – cds 2 – vinyl 3 – just digital. Any thoughts?