CDs or vinyl?
July 14, 2014 12:39 PM Subscribe
I have a CD player, an iPod, and a record player. What kind of physical media should I buy?
posted by stoneandstar to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
As stated, I have the ~technology~ to play any kind of popular physical media. About 80-90% of the music I buy is purchased from Amazon or iTunes, usually downloaded directly to my phone/mp3 player. The remaining percentage is random vinyl I buy from the record store when I'm in a happy neighborhood-traipsing kind of mood.
Seeing as most music purchased on Amazon as physical media (vinyl or CD) is now instantly delivered to your Cloud as digital music, and vinyl and CDs are both basically outdated media at this point, is there a clear advantage to collecting either one? The only advantage I could think of was if in the future I buy a used car that only has a CD player. Also, new vinyl is more expensive, but old vinyl is cheap. I am a humble lady who will not be spending a ton of money on music or equipment. The advantage of vinyl to me is that it's fun.
I am not opposed to CDs, or super into the "ritual" of vinyl, I just can't think of a solid reason to go with either now that they're both sort of pointless. CDs are smaller and easier to take care of, but if vinyl is more fun, and most of my music is also digital, is there any point in owning CDs at all?
Anyone believe there is a clear advantage I am forgetting? Or anyone in a similar dilemma have data on how they use their CD vs. vinyl collections?