If you’ve been reading this blog for any period of time, or if you know me personally, you know that I absolutely love going to record stores. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than digging through stacks of music, all in hopes of finding the one piece that’s been missing from my collection. I love record stores, and that’s something that I don’t think will ever change.
What could change though is my formatting. Because I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, my preferred format for music has always been CD’s. I know that it seems a bit antiquated to still be purchasing CD’s in 2013, but I don’t really know how else to get my music. There are MP3’s and Vinyl, but they both have considerable drawbacks for me.
I probably wouldn’t even be considering buying anything but CD’s, but I’m running out of room. My shelf holds just around 1,000 discs, and wouldn’t you know it, that son of a bitch is packed to the gills. So what am I supposed to do? Read my reasoning for the different formats below and then help me decide how to continue:
- CD’s: My biggest reason for continuing to buy CD’s is because I love getting a physical product. I love reading through liner notes and lyrics and looking at pictures. I’ve discovered so much great music by just reading artist thank you lists. My initial feeling is that I should go through my collection and just ditch some of the stuff I don’t care about anymore, but that still doesn’t help me in the future (surely, manufacturers are going to stop making CD’s at some point.) Not to mention that I don’t even use a CD other than for reference once I rip it (in loss less of course) It just sits on my shelf, and looks cool to me, but that’s about it.
- MP3’s: I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve got no interest in digital music. I’ve got an absolute shit ton of music on my computer through exchanging with friends that also have big collections. Now, I’ve learned about some cool music doing this, but I’m left fairly unsatisfied with the results. The sound is often times really shitty and there is rarely a book or credits to go with the music. My biggest argument is that it takes the social element of buying music away. The discussion is limited to other user reviews that can be helpful but are more often than not just contain stupid internet bullshit. First comment!!!! OMG, this is such a hot track!!! No thanks.
- Vinyl: I’ve been flirting with the idea of making the transition to Vinyl for a couple of years now. The one thing that really keeps me from doing this is the money involved. I’ve got an awesome collection of music that I love. Replacing all of that would cost a whole shit load of money. Vinyl does offer the physical package that I really enjoy and (although I don’t really hear it) in theory it sounds better. It would also allow me to still go to the record store. I do think that (if any) physical format survives, it will be vinyl. Still, the money I would have to pour into the records, not to mention a turntable, makes my butt pucker all types of hard.
Does that help explain things a little bit? So again, I’m gonna ask you, the person reading this for some help with the decision. What format do you prefer and why do you use it? Is there a benefit or drawback that I’m missing here? Let me know what you think in the comments section below or on my Facebook and Twitter page.