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What’s your preferred way of buying and listening to music?

DagenhamFox

Blue Roofer
Are you old school vinyl all the way?

CD’s?

Downloads?

I’ve recently hooked up my record player and am enjoying listening to some vinyl both new and old.I’m just listening to a Parlophone Promo record I bought a couple of years ago for the first time, one obscure song from 14 different bands, from Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Mansun who I obviously know of to My Life Story, Grass Show and Spearhead who I don’t know at all.

It’s decent and makes a change.

I’m mostly a CD man though at home and downloads on my phone when I’m out and about.
 

Richardvanles

Season Ticket Holder
CD’s for the car. Apple play or google in the house/ cabin.
Can’t beat physically owning a CD.
Was hoping the Reytons would release Headache as a cd but they didn’t. Thought my luck was in when it was listed on the “and they call us Reytons” EP but didn’t bother because they only released it in vinyl. Changing hands now for £250. Doh!
 

Rodneyfernsfeet

We must be in heaven man
Have bought a fair few vinyl albums from oxfam shops, still buy cds, play them in the car and put them onto i-tunes on my laptop then onto my i-pod classic, trouble is you need the hubble telescope to read the liner notes on cds.
 

Gothicfox

Dark Roofer
I moved over to Spotify and Bandcamp a few years ago and it has enabled me to hear so much more music. I'm lucky that with my job I can listen to music most of the day, so I regularly listen to 60 odd albums a week, at least 10-15 of them being new to me. (i listen to ones I own on cd via Spotify too)

I know Spotify has it's issues but I wish I had it when I was younger. I was definitely in the school of buying an album/tape/cd on the strength of a single or two and finding the rest of tracks were not as good and rarely listening to it again. With Spotify at least i can listen to the album a few times and then downloading it knowing I will like most, if not all of the tracks. I download the music still so I still help the artists and I then have library of music I already know and like, can play on random and listen to when I just want familiar tunes.

I can never understand vinyl coming back though. Granted It may sound a bit better, but you still have to get up every half hour or so to turn the damn thing over. Can you imagine going back to to a TV with no remote control? No thanks!
 

Tinhatter

Steward
got rid of all my vinyl,8 track,cassettes,mini discs and cd's many years ago, 8000 tracks on my ipod,9.99 a month for apple music, great quality sound and equalised ,streamed to some great jbl speakers .....merry xmas
 

buz_not_buzz

Occasional Poster
Never moved away from vinyl regardless of diminishing quality so still buy it as first choice. Have and continue to buy CDs if that is the only physical copy available or it's an album which I am a bit meh about apart from a few must-have tracks (and where it inevitably costs less than a vinyl version). Will randomly stream for new music occasionally if nothing is grabbing my attention but with the aim of buying a physical copy if I like it. I still want to own physical stuff (same with books). Not to look at or collect (that is incidental) but to listen to (or read!).

Most of the stuff from the last 15 years that I have on vinyl or CD I have also on my computer so I can listen around the house if needed but whilst the bluetooth speakers I have for that are very good (and which obviously I have to relocate with me), they are not a patch on my actual system which is not currently enabled for listening to files.

Never understand people who have music on whilst working. Used to drive me bonkers when I was in an office & at home I just wouldn't be able to give the music the attention it deserved without losing my job.
 

sabredunce

Silver Surfer
I can never understand vinyl coming back though. Granted It may sound a bit better, but you still have to get up every half hour or so to turn the damn thing over. Can you imagine going back to to a TV with no remote control? No thanks!

Considering music died in 1963, moving beyond any technology after vinyl is superfluous. Try collecting 45's with a playing time of 1 1/2 - 3 minute songs.
Position yourself comfortably by your record player and turn it into your command centre. Surround yourself with alcohol and ashtrays. With great power comes great responsibility.
When physical effort is required to change the record, you tend not to be so frivolous as to what you play and your taste in music will rise to the occasion.
 
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