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#1
I don't understand why shops like HMV are so busy with teenagers buying mainstream rock and pop CDs. The same albums cost less on itunes, and only take a few minutes to buy, instead of having to go out to a shop. Digital downloads don't scratch or get lost under cupboards, and they don't take up a ton of room space. Everyone just goes home and rips CDs onto their computer anyway, no-one walks around with a CD walkman and a big stack of discs. Plus with downloads, you get the option to spend less by just ditching any shit tracks or interludes that the artist has decided to chuck on as filler.

The argument everyone gives is that you get the artwork, but the majority of CDs coming out now are barely more than a jewel case and a little booklet; it's nothing like the old LP covers which were a huge part of the album.

Come on, there has to be a better reason that I'm missing here. Any ideas?
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#2
I only buy certain cd's if I reaalllyyy like the band. I have Neverender proudly displayed on my shelf, so that anyone walks in gets a big smack of "Yeah I like Coheed."
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BENJEDITY: Other than that, the idea of buying music, even on itunes, is laughable.
...In my opinion.
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#3
feels less tacky to have a proper CD, off amazon where I get them is often cheaper than itunes, and makes for good presents. but if they're buying from hmv as you said it would be more expensive anyway, and people often say that buying off itunes means you just get singles and miss out on hidden gems, but if you buy the album of itunes then you < hmvers.
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#4
When I pay for something, I like to be able to touch it. With downloads this is quite difficult.



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#7
hey, c'mon guys! CD's are still cool! I feel good when I own a CD especially if it's of a band which i love and want to support. Everyone has to have a hobby and buying CDs of bands that i love seems to be mine even if the $$$ may get to you after a while, i still do it.
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#11
im actually just about done buying cds. im all mp3 and vinyl at the moment. i only get a new cd if there is a serious perk to buying it as opposed to downloading it. like the new Ben Gibbard/Jay Fararr album. you get the cd, a full length documentary about Kerouac's Big Sur, and a fairly-hefty-for-inside-a-cd-book.
i just might pick that one up.
#12
So I can have a good quality physical copy with a nice picture on the front and a nice little booklet.
And, so if I want to, I can play my CD in a good solid record player.

Plus, if my laptops, and mp3 players get ****ed, or ****ed over, I still have copies.

And having a large visual collection looks nice.
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#13
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i buy em because i just feel better having a physical copy of an album. It's something to hold onto, something to store and a collection to look at.



+1. I like having physical CDs and records. I like browsing through CD shops. I enjoy having a small CD collection apart from the vast amount of music on my computer.
#14
I like to physically have and album. It's more complete innit? I'd take a vinyl copy over a CD, but half the time, it's too awkward to find a copy.
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#15
Some people just like actually having the CDs. As an example: Hospital of Death release all of their albums and are free to download yet their MySpace is FULL of people waiting until they release the hard copy that you have to buy next year. They choose a hard copy over free download cause just having the CDs is better in someway.

I just download though.
#16
Theres something special about putting a CD in, waiting for it to load, and spending ages to find a certain song... Rather than just searching it on iTunes.
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#17
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So I can have a good quality physical copy with a nice picture on the front and a nice little booklet.
And, so if I want to, I can play my CD in a good solid record player.

Plus, if my laptops, and mp3 players get ****ed, or ****ed over, I still have copies.

And having a large visual collection looks nice.


This, I'm not a big fan of downloading music.
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#18
If it's a band i like that i ant to introduce to friends i can pass the cd on. I guess i could with downloads but it's not quite the same. I'm also far more likely to actually "listen" to a CD rather than just sit for an hour with an album i downloaded, so i buy stuff i actually really 'want' as opposed to just stuff i listen at.

I also buy CDs for friends, downloads just aren't the same there.
#19
aside from having a cd player in my room there are times when places like hot topic sell new cds for really cheap sometimes
#20
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I don't understand why shops like HMV are so busy with teenagers buying mainstream rock and pop CDs. The same albums cost less on itunes, and only take a few minutes to buy, instead of having to go out to a shop. Digital downloads don't scratch or get lost under cupboards, and they don't take up a ton of room space. Everyone just goes home and rips CDs onto their computer anyway, no-one walks around with a CD walkman and a big stack of discs. Plus with downloads, you get the option to spend less by just ditching any shit tracks or interludes that the artist has decided to chuck on as filler.

The argument everyone gives is that you get the artwork, but the majority of CDs coming out now are barely more than a jewel case and a little booklet; it's nothing like the old LP covers which were a huge part of the album.

Come on, there has to be a better reason that I'm missing here. Any ideas?
Well I like to have a physical copy when I buy something, especially when it's music related anyway. I don't find any attraction to downloading the mp3s from Itunes & just having a bunch of files on my PC. & anyway, can you download lossless files of songs on Itunes? Not that it would change my mind if you could because I'm always going to buy compact discs and gramophone records over buying dowloads.

But to argue against compact discs, listening to the same album on a record sounds so much nicer and has a warmer feel to it.
#21
- I like to have a material collection that i can actually physically touch and display

- iTunes has crashed on me once already, deleting all my music library for no reason. I can blame iTunes or Windows, but at least i can rip the music off the CDs again.

- Artwork/ lyrics?

- Bonus tracks?

- You're supporting the actual artists if you actually pay for the music- (downloads too)- you wouldn't like it if someone simply obtained and shared about any songs you'd made, right?

Although i do actually buy most CDs from play.com and stuff. Tis cheaper. Usually i'll only buy the 2 for £10 section in HMV, or if i REALLY want an album that's just come out and can't wait.
#22
Downloads just feel like i'm paying for air. Doesn't seem worth it which is why I seriously don't see myself ever buying them. I also HATE not having full albums at hand cos I like to hear albums all the way through. I just like to have physical copys really.

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#23
i like to play CDs in my car
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#24
I like physically having the CDs.

Also, if you don't buy half the songs on an album then it's not really an album anymore is it? The best albums are the ones that are better combined than every song on it alone.
#25
I was on CDs for my first music interests, then ended downloading billions of singles of Napster, realised I owed my mums account £70, and that i never played many of the songs any more, then went back to CDs as for me its way more cost effective than unplayed singles, you can hold it and you get songs that you didn't hear about before. But this is more against downloads of singles than just downloads.
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#26
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Plus with downloads, you get the option to spend less by just ditching any shit tracks or interludes that the artist has decided to chuck on as filler.

That's only if you listen to crap artists. Some CDs you just can't skip tracks, it messes with the concept/flow/whatever.

Plus I can imagine alot of people have a better stereosystem that's separate from their computer. It's a different quality putting your CD into your stereo than computer.

It's like watching porn on your HD quality TV with surround sound compared to jerking off infront of your computer. It's just a different thing. And kind of more exciting. Sexually.
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#27
Of course some music is not worth the buy, but a lot of music I listen to (black metal) comes with a lot more than just the music. A lot of artwork is valuable to me aesthetically. In addition, amazon and ebay are cheaper than itunes frequently if you buy used.
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#28
i also want a physical copy for when all technology becomes far too advanced for humankind to control. The day my mp3 players tries to kill me is the day i denounce anything more advanced than early 2000 technologically. And by keeping CD's and a good old CD player i can still listen to my music.
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#30
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The same albums cost less on itunes



Older stuff is cheaper on Amazon. Deep Purple's In Rock costs £4.99 on iTunes, it cost me under £4 when I bought the CD from Amazon.

Also, people who don't have mp3 adapters in their cars buy CD's so that they have something to listen whilst they're driving.

I prefer to have a CD rather than a download because my ipod is broken, and would require updating to put the downloaded stuff on it anyway, and I can only listen to albums that I haven't downloaded. I also hate putting the albums I've downloaded onto CD's so that I can listen to them in my room or in the car. It's also a physical back up for if my computers cocks in, like I'm worried it will do because it's shockingly shite.

EDIT: Also if someone hasn't got, and doesn't want or need a computer.

Collectors also prefer physical copies.
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#31
I can understand why somebody would argue for the 'cds are too expensive' side, cds in many retailers are horrendously overpriced.
every single one of the 50+ cds ive bought this year have been from second hand record shops: places where people rid themselves of huge numbers of cds and you buy them for cheap prices.
Electric Ladyland in HMV was £16, whereas i found in my beloved second hand shop for £3.
So i strongly suggest the preowned option. I have bought classic, 5 star cds there for less than 3 quid.
#33
I have physical copies of a few CD's that I want in particularly high quality (I own war of the worlds & the police's greatest hits because I use certain tracks from both to test PA systems & listen to rooms) or that I'm given as gifts, but a good 98% of the time I'll download or spotify music. I don't think that makes me a bad person - if I like a band enough to want to support them financially I'll go to see them live if I get a chance, or buy a live DVD, or some merch.
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#34
I like having a physical copy of something. Plus, I enjoy looking at artwork, lyrics etc. It also makes me feel good when I buy the disc.
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#35
If you buy used albums from amazon, you can get them for around $2. All you have to do is wait a few days, it's around $8-10 cheaper than buying from itunes. If you want it on your itunes you just have to pop it in your computer.

Although, you will occasionally have a problems buying used CDs. I got a CD that wouldn't play a couple tracks, and one that never came. But considering the dozens of CD's I bought, it's still by far a better deal than buying on itunes.


and another note.... has anyone tried playing an ipod in their car? (New cars don't have this problem). It's a nightmare, you have to pay a ton of money for the right jack, and those things break real easily. It's 10x easier just to pop a CD in.
#36
2 for 10 pound deal at hmv? thats cheaper than itunes i think

Plus you have much higher quality audio from a CD than a 128mbps mp3.
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I like browsing the shelves.
I like having a big collection of CDs, even if they do take up a lot of space.
I think its feels like the CD is worth more than just a digital copy.
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#37
In my opinion

Vinyl > CDs > Downloads

I barely ever download music because I barely ever listen to my iPod, and my computer speakers are terrible compared to my stereo-system.
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#38
You own a CD when you buy it. You get a copy of a master file when you buy off iTunes, and if you change computers you can't take it with you.

Besides, nothing beats having something physical tbh.
#39
cd quality > itunes quality
I like to touch what I buy
I can rip it to my computer
I can play it in my car
I can play it over my homes surround sound system
the album booklets are fun to look through too
and if you're not rich enough to afford an mp3 player, what happens if you get a virus that wipes out memory or your HD crashes
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#40
I still buy physical CD's because of album artwork, although some of it isn't worth it.
I also buy them because I work in a record shop so I can get my CD's at a discounted price.