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 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

And yet CDs still, by and large, offer better sound quality than downloads. The general public is a bit thick really, following trends whether they make sense or not.

Ah yes, the superior intellect and insight of the niche soundtrack collecting market rears it's head...

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

And yet CDs still, by and large, offer better sound quality than downloads. The general public is a bit thick really, following trends whether they make sense or not.

An mp3 encoded at 320 is practically indistinguishable from a CD to the ear. Even if someone could discern a difference... well then they're probably too busy splitting sonic hairs to be actually enjoying the music anyway.

I haven't played a CD since the last time I ripped one to mp3. BUT they are a valuable hard-copy archive asset. They should certainly last far far longer than most hard drives. I would not want to see them discontinued for that reason.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

As a rule I keep my physical collection around 500 titles because I know it will be a logistical nightmare to even get to listen to everything and it covers my interests in film music for the most part. I've also had a lot of titles signed in the last years which I wont get rid of anytime soon. But for me, the main reason for holding on to my cd collection is that I still enjoy putting on a CD and listening to it while I am working on something. I also have my CDs ripped in Itunes and in that case it is more background to me. I'll put something on while I am doing some tedious design job or gaming but the tendency to interrupt the album is much bigger (checking out a youtube vid or something else online). Playing the CD to me means I pay more attention to the music; Playing the mp3 it's more in the background.

I have thought about getting rid of my CD collection, but to me there will always be a desire to own a product of the movie or score I love and not just a digital copy of it that tends to get lost in the database; but for some of you who have 1000+ CDs, I can imagine that will already be the case.

Anyway, I will check out your trading post threads. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Ah yes, the superior intellect and insight of the niche soundtrack collecting market rears it's head...

Merely the truth!

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

That's my problem with downloads: it's like putting the CD in a box, inside a box, inside a box-room. I never want to play music off my computer. I forget it's even there. With CDs I walk past and idly browse them all the time. Send me all the CDs you don't want.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   General Kael   (Member)

So as I move boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of CDs into storage, I'm wondering what the point of all these silvery-plastic discs is.

I'm ready for a post-CD world!


I enjoy the best of BOTH worlds. I rip the CD in lossless onto a hard drive that gets backed up online. Then I place the CDs onto spindles with the rest of 'em, stack all the booklets/liners in shoe boxes, and throw away the case. It reduces storage space by 90%.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

I like my collection too.
It's been developed over many years and I look upon it with great pride.
I don't count music on my computer as part of my collection proper. It feels more like those 'boot' titles that sit amongst my CD collection...those dirty cousins wink
If I have to move in the future, I will pack it all up safe and re-stack it in my new abode.
I like the interraction with the physical media that downloads can never reproduce.
I will buy CD's until it's no longer possible to buy CD's.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

I've mentioned this a number of times before, but one consolation I made was getting sleeves to replace the jewel cases. You get about 5 times as much space. Yes it means one can't see most of the spines and stuff, and that the things one can't put into the sleeves (because there's three or more discs or because there's a special case) but the amount of space it saves it IMMENSE. And it certainly makes moving them all a lot easier...

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   petek66   (Member)

I also went with sleeves.... I bought 1000 CD sleeves from DiscSox that can hold booklet, unfolded tray card, and 1 or 2 discs. I loaded up the CDs, and filed them in a chest from Ikea
that fits them perfectly into three drawers. I gave the jewel cases away in a community freecycle
group, holding back the best 50 or so of different types in case I ever decide to sell one. Box sets, 3-disc+ sets, CDs with unique jewel boxes, and CDs with exceptionally thick booklets (I'm looking at you, Star Trek reissues...), I kept as is.

Total cost was around $600, but it solved my storage problems and keeps the discs protected, accessible, and browsable (even more so because I can flip through the covers like LPs)

Here's photos- I don't know how to pull them into the post.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/petek66/10457367775/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/petek66/10457367605/

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)


I will always buy the CD – no matter what the cost, and – as mentioned – I am buying 2 copies of Cocoon, because that is how much I love it.


I don't want to say this is idiotic, because who am I to judge? I've bought say, a CD and a vinyl of the same album, but why would you buy two copies of the same exact CD? Are you that dangerous with your media that you really need a Vice Cocoon, just in case?

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Just want to say that this thread, other than the initial post, is driving me completely crazy.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Gee whiz how lazy have we become? Besides a little exercise is a good thing. I wish I had boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of CD's. What a good "problem" to have. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Gee whiz how lazy have we become? Besides a little exercise is a good thing. I wish I had boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of CD's. What a good "problem" to have. wink

It's not about laziness for some of us. It's about physical space.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Smitty   (Member)

Gee whiz how lazy have we become? Besides a little exercise is a good thing. I wish I had boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of CD's. What a good "problem" to have. wink

It's not about laziness for some of us. It's about physical space.


Exactly. I run 30-40 miles a week in addition to strength training, so my lack of interest in CDs has nothing to do with laziness.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Portability of massive collections is always a problem.

However, you either "collect" soundtracks or you do not. Collecting has its own set of rewards and being able to touch and see, feel and play these CDs is part/parcel of the listening experience.

Certainly, if this no longer appeals to you, then you should divest yourself of your "collection" and retain only those titles you consider essential to your well-being.

You'd be amazed at what the thought of parting with a single title does to my sense of well-being.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I can see the space issue if you live in a trailer or in prison. Otherwise a thousand CD's takes up a whole 4' wide by 7" deep area against a wall. Did you all ever have books or LP's in the days? smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

This is why I don't buy insane numbers of CDs just for the sake of a collection. I buy only what I enjoy listening to and the rest of it can stay in download form. This helps keep my collection from getting so huge that i need boxes and boxes to move. Without knowing exactly how many CDs fit in a moving box I would wager that my entire CD collection (not just film scores) could fit in four or five boxes.

I absolutely support the move towards lossless downloads once that becomes the norm, as long as they keep the prices close to CDs. I would hate to see CDs disappear and then be replaced with $20 per album lossless downloads for mainstream releases.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I quite like this topicsmile

For last year I lost almost every joy in buying CD´s because of CUSTOMS OFFICE.
I know that customs office is doing what is legal but paying 20% VATS of final price with shipping charge for music CD´s is crime + add 5USD taken by POST as some kind of "holding" charge.
I even return package once, when the price of CD´s was about 20 cents over limit and with all customs and postal fees I would pay almost 30% of price of package.

For 30USD (1 limited ed. CD+shipping) it is another 11USD for customs and post.
Not very funny to pay it for every CD from US or Japan.


German customs also love to hold packages for weeks if the envelope does not feature a detailed invoice on the outside of the package. It happens all the time.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I love my music but am thoroughly sick of my collection. We live in a reasonable sized house in south London but I'm fed up with the storage cases and boxes and the constant updating of my spreadsheet to keep records of what I've got and where it is, up to date.

If I could exchange the whole lot for 320 quality mp3s I'd go for it.

If I die tomorrow, I suspect my girl friend would happily bin the lot!!

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I have named all of my CDs 'George,' and I hug them, and pet them, and squeeze them, and pat them, and rub them, and caress them.

 
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