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Permalink How Do You Buy Your Music These Days? CD’s, LP’s, Digital Downloads? (Quick 30 Second Survey)

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I just took the survey. Q1 is amibigous. A digital format can also be a physical format, like a cd.

I buy vinyl only if the album cover art and/or inserts are kick ass. I don't miss the sound of vinyl.
Never bought or stole streaming anything.
I buy cds & put 'em on my ipod if I like 'em.

I would like to see cds go away in favor of dvd audio or better yet, blu ray audio. 16 bit 44.1 just doesn't get it any more when you know there are better formats. Hopefully soon, all music can be bought on blu ray or some other lossless physical format that we can also play in our cars.

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All Cd for me

I was happy to dump the turntable and cassette player.

Tech moves to fast. Will wait for chip in head before switching formats.

Double-Crown-Records wrote:

In regard to Spotify and other streaming services, they do pay artists and labels, but it's pennies at a time that add up to a buck or two here and there. If there's a time where everyone just used Spotify or Pandora, I'd shut down Double Crown. I think streaming services have their place, but I really hope they don't become the sole source of music. I could write an essay why this scenario would be a complete nightmare for the music fan, and none of it would have to do with the closing of Double Crown. Essentially, nearly all of the labels you know and love would go away, and Spotify would become a worldwide "label", the only "label". I hate to go into grumpy old man mode, but if the world goes streaming only with music it'll ruin the music industry, majors and indies.

Yeah, it always would suck if there's only 1 or 2 outlets for anything, regardless of whether or not the accept all material. It makes it very difficult to get anything done and not deal with the behemoth. Look at Amazon, for example. They'll sell anything, but your buyer has to go through Amazon. And that's a loss of control, one way or another.

Sure individuals can do their own streaming, but then how do you get new listeners? Word of mouth isn't as powerful as word of Facebook. Maybe there will end up being streaming aggregators and search engines to help sort it all out.

Then again, streaming isn't always what anyone wants, anyway. Someone else is coming up with the playlist. How can you combine the control of streaming with the user-friendliness of downloads or physical media? (Then again, with my artist hat on, I don't need a lot of control over what my user does with the media, other than the usual don't put me out of business stuff. Once I get it into their hands, that copy is theirs.)

FWIW - Like most of the replies I prefer a physical copy and enjoy having the artwork/packaging. I buy digital dowmloads and/or stream only when I don't have the option to buy the CD, or when it costs 2 or 3 times the price of the download - which I'm finding more the case with overseas bands. Ultimately I make a audio CD of the digital download to keep a physical copy.

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I buy LPs.

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I just got A Spectrum of an Infinite Scale on vinyl, that is a great sounding LP. One of those albums that just make you aware of how vinyl can be superior.

Please forgive me if this has been mentioned on here in a similar context before. Here's the thing about vinyl...it FORCES you to actively participate in listening!!! Huh??? Yes, active, conscious, present listening--something that is, for the most part, severely lacking in today's "multi-tasking" world. When one puts on a "record," one has to monitor it in order to change the side. Thus, hopefully causing the listener to actually sit there and do nothing but listen! What a concept!!!! Far too often these days, music is relegated to the "background," where no one really concentrates on it or digests it through their ears, brain and spirit, as it is intended.

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Exactly!!
that's why the ipod in my iphone doesn't have any music on it.
I want to listen to music when I put it on.

2 weekends ago, I went down to San Diego to a friends house,
he got a new 3000 dollar turntable.
I brought a big stack of records, and a six pack of beer.
and we sat and listened in amazement.
we truly enjoyed the music and the day.

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Depends. I prefer to buy vinyl. If a release isn't available on vinyl or I just want it quickly, I'll buy a digital download copy. I'll buy a CD if that is all that is available, but my CD purchases have pretty much plummeted within the last couple of years.

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I do buy some digital downloads, but I also get a lot of cds. Mind you, I often rip the cd to the computer and keep the hard copy on the rack.

Ralph
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JONPAUL wrote:

Yes, active, conscious, present listening--something that is, for the most part, severely lacking in today's "multi-tasking" world. Far too often these days, music is relegated to the "background," where no one really concentrates on it or digests it through their ears, brain and spirit, as it is intended.

+1

That could be a thread all its own...

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DNAdude wrote:

JONPAUL wrote:

Yes, active, conscious, present listening--something that is, for the most part, severely lacking in today's "multi-tasking" world. Far too often these days, music is relegated to the "background," where no one really concentrates on it or digests it through their ears, brain and spirit, as it is intended.

+1

That could be a thread all its own...

I agree and I'm certainly guilty of this myself. That said, I stay so damn busy working, gigging, rehearsing, family and other it's just difficult for me to "sit down" and listen to anything for long.

On off weekends during the summer though there's nothing better than beaching the boat on a sandbar, listening to Surf music (mp3 player) and having a cold one!

not to self..do more of that! Yes

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Preferably always CDs, as long as they are a) available and b) at a reasonable price. LPs are my second choice, also if available & at a reasonable price. I might pay a little more for the price of the LP if it comes with a mp3 download.

If the album is download only, or much cheaper/easier to acquire than say a pricey import, then I download (usually always from Amazon). And I always burn to cd what I download. Still, I'd rather have a ready to buy physical copy.

I don't have access to a good printer, so whatever cover art goes with the cd-r I burn won't look nowhere as good as what might be offered as part of the download package.

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