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    CDs, for the most part. I buy a lot used off of Amazon and Ebay, generally. I do download FLAC and MP3 recordings, but generally burn them to a CD if it's something I really enjoy and will listen to a lot. I have 2 2 Terabyte external drives almost filled with stuff I've archived.

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    CD's (hybrid SACD's if available) and FLAC files when I can not purchase material in physical format.
    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Lately, I buy tons of CDs and transfer them to digital, and then listen on my laptop with headphones. While driving, it's either CDs themselves, or streaming on my phone. I was all digital for a while, and my whole life I have been interested in vinyl, but I have been buying less vinyl LPs ever since moving, as my current turntable is complete garbage.

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    I use everything.

    I receive streaming from Qobuz and Tidal.

    I download digital files from several vendors.

    I buy CDs, mostly from Amazon, but also from other vendors, including bootleg.

    I buy physical media, in other formats than CD.

    Just about anything. But no problem, only my wallet complains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    I use everything.

    I receive streaming from Qobuz and Tidal.

    I download digital files from several vendors.

    I buy CDs, mostly from Amazon, but also from other vendors, including bootleg.

    I buy physical media, in other formats than CD.

    Just about anything. But no problem, only my wallet complains.
    So recognizable.....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Lately, I buy tons of CDs and transfer them to digital, and then listen on my laptop with headphones. While driving, it's either CDs themselves, or streaming on my phone. I was all digital for a while, and my whole life I have been interested in vinyl, but I have been buying less vinyl LPs ever since moving, as my current turntable is complete garbage.
    Simple just get a better turntable

    PS I shun anything digital, in fact I better turn this PC off now
    Last edited by EddieRUKiddingVarese; Sep-15-2019 at 05:22.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese View Post
    Simple just get a better turntable

    PS I shun anything digital, in fact I better turn this PC off now
    I can guarantee, whatever you hear, it's analog (sound waves in air, usually).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blancrocher View Post
    I'm curious: for those who rip/download their collections, how much storage space do you need? My computer came with 121GB, and I feel that would get eaten up pretty quickly if I were to rip my collection.
    I have ripped perhaps 250 albums to FLAC files. Depending on the album, of course, the average is around 300mb per disc. If they were all CD rips (they're not), that would run about 75gb. So, if you use 300mb as a rule of thumb, you can easily purchase a Micro-SD card that will hold a ton of music (400 CDs would warrant a 128gb card, 800 CDs a 256gb card, 1,300 CDs a 400gb card, 1,700 CDs a 512gb card).

    Now, I have my entire collection on a 400gb Micro-SD card in my Sony NW-A45 Walkman, and there is about 156gb free. But a fair number of my files are high-res, and they take up more space. My 192k/24b Beethoven cycle, for instance, takes up 11gb on its own (CD quality would take up perhaps 1.5gb).

    Anyway, long story short, you should get a Micro-SD card, because 121gb onboard storage probably won't cut it. But Micro-SD storage is dirt cheap even at the 256gb level. A relatively inexpensive alternative would be a portable USB SSD drive (1tb is not too terrible expensive, I have a 512gb drive that I back up my music collection onto) or even a thumb drive, but those don't have the virtue of being playable in a portable media player.
    Last edited by MatthewWeflen; Sep-15-2019 at 06:17.

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    Typical 60-minute CD ripped to WAV: 700 MB
    Ripped to FLAC: 300-350 MB
    Ripped to 320 CBR MP3: 150-200 MB
    Ripped to 256K VBR MP3: 100 MB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blancrocher View Post
    I'm curious: for those who rip/download their collections, how much storage space do you need? My computer came with 121GB, and I feel that would get eaten up pretty quickly if I were to rip my collection.
    I have my entire CD collection ripped and now mostly buy digital when I can for the ease of organization and access to my collection. My computer definitely doesn't have enough storage, and I wouldn't trust having all my music on my computer without a backup anyways for fear of it crashing and losing everything. So I buy external hard drives and back my collection up on those. A 2TB hard drive costs less than $100, 1TB costs about $50.

    I don't pay for streaming because I have enough music in my own collection to keep me happy, and I upload everything to my Google Play account which allows me to access my music anywhere I have an internet connection. The only time I'll jump on spotify is to sample a recording they have that I'm considering purchasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Some news I haven’t seen mentioned here, but which may be of interest to some.

    The RIAA has issued its 2018 year-end report on the US music industry. It shows that trends of the last few years are continuing. Here’s what it says about the overall music market:

    Streaming – Now 75% of all recorded music revenues; dollar value up 30% from 2017 levels.

    Digital file downloads – 11% of revenues, down 26% from 2017 levels.

    Physical media – 12% of revenues, down 23% from 2017 levels. CD sales revenues were down 34% and dropped below $1 billion for the first time since 1986. LP sales revenues were up a bit and are now 60% of CD sales revenues.
    This means: This is, right now, the "golden age" of CDs. They're going for dirt-cheap, in multi-disc editions, so buy 'em up NOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Typical 60-minute CD ripped to WAV: 700 MB
    Ripped to FLAC: 300-350 MB
    Ripped to 320 CBR MP3: 150-200 MB
    Ripped to 256K VBR MP3: 100 MB.
    No problem with wav and flac, because quality extern HD's are relatively inexpensive nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    This means: This is, right now, the "golden age" of CDs. They're going for dirt-cheap, in multi-disc editions, so buy 'em up NOW!
    Yes. There is eventually going to be a "CD Renaissance" akin to the current vinyl revival, and CD prices are going to go way up. In this day and age, brand new, single-disc vinyl LPs go for $20-30. It's outrageous.

    Anyway, I'm glad to have rediscovered CDs in this past year. I think they are the best media, though sometimes I do indeed prefer the warmth of vinyl.

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    I am 100% CDs. I have been thinking for a few years now about converting to a digital collection, probably by putting a laptop computer by my stereo, but so far thinking about it is as far as I've gotten.

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    For serious listening:
    Mostly CDs
    I prefer LPs for pre-1980s jazz and rock

    Streaming for something to listen to while I'm working or falling asleep.

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