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For those of you who have quite a few CDs, but now nearly always download:

Will you bother trying now to sell off your existing CDs?
Will you leave them as a record of 80s/90s to early 00s buying?
Will you continuing buying CDs selectively alongside downloading, for reasons of completing certain artists or genres?

paulhw, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:49 (fifteen years ago) link

1. Oh, sure. I keep trying to reduce using the rule of 'if I get another CD I sell at least one back if not more.' It helps that I always get some credit at Amoeba, sometimes a surprising amount.

2. I guess? A lot of stuff that would serve as a very honest record is long since purged.

3. Yup, but via taking advantage of their nearly-flat value. Amoeba again is very good for this -- their clearance section is always stuffed with good finds amid the crud, I can pick up an armload for a song (almost literally in some cases).

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:52 (fifteen years ago) link

1) Nope or at least not more than I ever did.

2) Uh not exactly.

3) I don't download very much and I still buy CDs and the occassional piece of vinyl.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

am getting it down to about 150 left which i guess i'll keep on shelves for a while before just donating them. they never get played once ripped.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

I picture Ned strolling into Amoeba, reciting a few bars of "Englande" and the guys behind the counter just give him a shopping cart and say "go for it."

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Selling them all seems like a daunting and infuriating task, so I'll probably keep them, but only out of laziness.

John Justen, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, i've got a few boxes of old stuff in the closet that i can't bear to sell for pennies, yet i'm sick of taking them somewhere to have them cherry pick a couple good ones and refuse the rest.

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:02 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm keeping mine just in case a neutron bomb comes along and fries everyone's hard drives. (but, uh, not the cd players)

also, it's good to have cds around to loan to friends. it's easier than zipping up and uploading an entire album, and while sharing entire hard drives is in theory the best thing to do, it doesn't happen that often

i've never sold cds, so i won't be starting now.

Billy Pilgrim, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:07 (fifteen years ago) link

i still buy cds.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:08 (fifteen years ago) link

(a) Too much trouble.
(b) I suppose, but they serve more of a function than that.
(c) Yes.

While downloading is invariably simpler, quicker, cheaper, etc., I'm still a sucker for the tactile artifact. I like liner notes, lyrics, cover art, all that. I'll download stuff I'm curious about, but if I really like it, I'll still buy the disc.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:09 (fifteen years ago) link

i'd love to get rid of everything, but i'm just not good enough at backing shit up to trust it.

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:11 (fifteen years ago) link

i wouldn't really part with them unless i had one of those fancy things that lets you use your mp3s on a good stereo, but it's like i just picked u a real nice old NAD cd player for only $30 off craigslist so why bother.

plus yeah like ned said it's gonna be sweet in the next few years, lots of crewsh older stuff for dirt cheap.

although...it is weird seems like some CDs are really picking up in value on ebay, out of print stuff...

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah I don't see anything that indicates that rare CDs are any less valuable then they ever were.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:13 (fifteen years ago) link

I am keeping my cds because I want backups in case I have hard drive failure. Even with two hard drive copies of my music, I prefer to have the backup. Also, I may want to rip at a higher bitrate later once hd prices come down.

Euler, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm going to keep my CD's in case I ever need to build a fortress of solitude out of them, Jor-El stylee

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:25 (fifteen years ago) link

a) no, except for ones i get sick of.
b) no
c) i download tracks and sometimes albums, but if i really like what i'm hearing i'll buy it in CD or vinyl form. artwork, liner notes, etc.

i'll never say never though, because maybe someday in the distant future i'll sell everything and have it all digitized.

omar little, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm keeping my CDs.

I'm too lazy to sell and also I have a suspicion that some kind of new digital format will emerge (MP5?) that will make MP3s sound tinny and useless, and that I'll want to re-rip my CDs.

Bob Six, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I still buy cds and vinyl. I will keep them all unless I needed the money.
I barely download now, but like always, I still try to buy what I downloaded as long as I liked it.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:42 (fifteen years ago) link

im continuing! cd's are beautiful

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:43 (fifteen years ago) link

1. No, never.
2. I will keep them as the art objects/media that they are.
3. Until I can buy whole albums from iTunes or Amazon as .wav files, I will continue buying essential CDs.

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

A lot of good reasons to hang onto CDs in this thread. I still enjoy cases and liner notes and having a good thing around to throw my disposable income at. In a lot of ways, I also find them easier to store and maintain than digital music, where you need at least two forms of backup and need to keep an organized file/folder structure together if you're going to find stuff easily. Finally, I still can hear the difference between reasonably good-quality CDs and mp3s, and with formats, storage methods, etc. changing frequently keeping CDs around seems like less of a long-term headache.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I'll still buy a lot, taking advantage of the lower cost and because I like having the little cardboard boxes from Caiman in the post to look forward to after returning from work.

I keep the price stickers on my CDs, and it amazes me just how much I was paying for music in the 90s. £15 - £16 for some CDs was not unusual.

Bob Six, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:48 (fifteen years ago) link

ridic

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:49 (fifteen years ago) link

its like 12 bux tops for me now. unless its brand new and too good

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:49 (fifteen years ago) link

I'll continue keeping 100s of cds in a sock drawer which I occasionally pull out for a car ride. I wont sell them. But I oughta clean them all. I hate when a cd skips and I hate how I lost some of my cds even though I dont listen to any of my cds much. But I did lose Roxy Music - The Early Years and Tangerine Dream - Rubycon. I broke Thrakattak. And I can't remember what else at the moment. Kinda sucks. Kinda not.

CaptainLorax, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail. If you're lucky, you'll have it backed up to another drive. But then that one could fail as you're trying to dump it to your new hard drive. Then I will point and laugh.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

i hate that too, captain -- i'm actually making a list of CD's i have that are too scratched up/missing. i replace a few ever year

it's like i just realized how to properly take care of a cd.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Fastnbulbous accurate enough, which is why the CDs I sell back are the ones I never listen to, or have only heard once and thought, "Nice" and never went back to at all. Ergo, why keep 'em around?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:56 (fifteen years ago) link

I moved into a new place two months ago and never bothered taking my CDs out of their boxes. I have a few lying around that I've bought recently, but there's no real reason for me to have them out, since the majority are on my iTunes/iPod, anyway.

Back when I started to download albums, I told myself that if I really liked something I downloaded I'd buy it on CD. But then it just seemed silly to go to the trouble of buying it, only to put it on a shelf and forget about it as soon as it was out of its shrink wrap.

Now the albums I buy are the ones I simply can't find online. I don't use p2p, but I can find most major new indie releases on a couple of choice websites or through friends. So what I buy ends up being not necessarily indicative of what I'm really excited about. A lot of times this amounts to used CDs I stumble across and take a chance on.

jaymc, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail.
This is exactly right — CDs have become nothing more than backup.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:14 (fifteen years ago) link

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ian, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:19 (fifteen years ago) link

1) nah, I'm the kind of person who saves everything
2) ???
3) I never exclusively bought CDs, it was always a mix of vinyl, cassette (back in the day), or mp3 formats. I see no reason why this will change for me in the near future.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

1) too lazy really - and they're not worth that much anyway
2) never completely stopped buying vinyl, so it's not even an accurate record
3) I''ve bought maybe 6 cds this year and maybe 300 LPs (and some cassettes, second hand for the car)

sonofstan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Also, I may want to rip at a higher bitrate later once hd prices come down.

yeah i thought about that. A couple weeks ago I embarked on digitizing my collection, starting with albums I didn't like that much; I ripped ~ 30 cds @ 320 which is fine for those but my main collection I'm probably gonna want to do in flac or whatever for posterity but i haven't done the math on what i'll need for space. I got 2 500G drives on black friday and I was gonna send one back but maybe I won't. than again i've been latched to rhapsody pretty hard lately and soon even the mp3s might be ancillary to how i'm listening to music. so much up in the air.

tremendoid, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:03 (fifteen years ago) link

soon as I'm satisfied with backing up, and keeping the habit, I'm selling all my CDs. I need the space and I need the money.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:04 (fifteen years ago) link

i've sold all of my cds. still buy vinyl, which i also sell sometimes. while it's impractical, it retains its value better (and escalates in value far more often) and is more 'fun'. sue me

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I keep the price stickers on my CDs, and it amazes me just how much I was paying for music in the 90s. £15 - £16 for some CDs was not unusual.

We still quite frequently pay $25-$35 AUD for some CD albums in this country. And they wonder why ppl use torrents.

Trayce, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:03 (fifteen years ago) link

resolved, did you just rip your CDs into FLAC format and keep them on your hard drive or something?

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:08 (fifteen years ago) link

i ripped the ones that deserved it to FLAC + mp3 (for ipod), most of them just to variable rate mp3. and then a lot i just sold without bothering.

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Will you bother trying now to sell off your existing CDs?

maybe. next year I might be compelled to "monetize" my vinyl collection.

Will you leave them as a record of 80s/90s to early 00s buying?

hate to say it but after sitting there unplayed for awhile they just take up space.

Will you continuing buying CDs selectively alongside downloading, for reasons of completing certain artists or genres?

Barely. I stream music on my computer, listen to old CDs less & less often. CDs/itunes I buy as gifts.

m coleman, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:14 (fifteen years ago) link

First off, CDs are still the primary way i listen to music, and I don't download very often.

1.) I'll hang onto my CDs for a long, long time, until they rot away (none of them have). I stopped selling back CDs a few years ago, because I tend to regret it later on. I used to regularly purge my collection of stuff if I hadn't played it in awhile, but there are too many CDs that I'm kicking myself now for selling then.

Plus, it always killed me when I tried to sell stuff that I knew was of really high musical quality or that someone would love to have, and the clerk would offer a pathetic couple of bucks (usually less!) for it. Most used stores never offer very much for CDs, and now when I think about it, the best offer I've ever received (about $3 for a CD, not common at all) is just not worth it to me. I'd rather hang on to the album, sorry, then take your 50 cents.

2. I'll keep my CDs as much more than just a record of this particular time, as they have fucking music on them!!

3. I'll probably buy CDs for quite a while. As others have mentioned, there are so many good finds on used CDs right now, it's great. So much stuff that I would never expect to find in used shops. It's only going to get better over the next few years, too.

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Newbury Comics usually gives about $3 per CD.

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:41 (fifteen years ago) link

1) No - mainly because CDs are not worth much now, particularly when trying to trade them in at a record store.

2) Most of the CDs I listen to regularly have been ripped now, but I'll keep them as a backup and also because of the possibilty of ripping in higher quality formats/higher bitrates later.

3) I still buy CDs sometimes but nowhere near as often as I used to - I've gone from half a dozen a week in 2001 to a couple a month now. But if I see a box set at a cheap price I'll probably buy it.

snoball, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail. If you're lucky, you'll have it backed up to another drive. But then that one could fail as you're trying to dump it to your new hard drive. Then I will point and laugh.

I've never had a hard drive die on me ever before. Meanwhile in that time a lot of my records and CDs got damaged in a flood. Life's funneee.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:50 (fifteen years ago) link

I wonder how homeowner's insurance would cover a hard drive filled with burned FLACs. Are you just screwed or could you reasonably claim the full value of replacing them on iTunes or whatever?

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:53 (fifteen years ago) link

i sold them on amazon btw, the run of the mill ones at least. you get a lot more money that way if you're prepared to go to spend an hour going packing/going to the post office every few days.

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:54 (fifteen years ago) link

x-post
but when your hd dies it's all gone. and the probability is much higher than all your cds being destroyed at once...

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:56 (fifteen years ago) link

word. i'm still reeling from getting over £30 for a tatty Sasha & Digweed CD. xp

what is with you hd-failure doomsayers? you have to fuck a hd up pretty bad before the data on it is completely irretrievable.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh I'm just curious from an insurance standpoint. Like what if someone broke into your house and stole your HD. Can you only claim the HD or could you reasonably claim the cost of replacing the MP3s (I just talked to my boss-a former underwriter--and he's gonna find out for me)?

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 22:00 (fifteen years ago) link

once i had a hd which seemed perfectly ok. but suddenly it crashed. it had been formatted a couple of megabytes too high. when i reached the limit it was all over.

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 22:01 (fifteen years ago) link

lol I hope so, then I can sell them

sleeve, Friday, 20 January 2023 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

Saw this story from earlier this month about Canadian labels, can't imagine this wouldn't also impact US prices:

Independent music stores shared the heartless news Wednesday that major record labels like Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada are increasing their prices for vinyl albums two days after Valentine’s Day.

“So, Universal, Warner (and likely Sony soon) are all raising their prices considerably over the next month,” Ottawa music store Vertigo Records shared on Instagram Wednesday afternoon.

“We always keep out prices low, but will have to adjust,” the store added. “The major labels need to get every last drop of blood from that stone. Sorry!”

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:41 (two weeks ago) link

I live in the Boston area, and the CD stock at the Newbury Comics stores has seriously shriveled over the last few years, to make way for more vinyl and tchotchkes. Like, the entire CD section now is typically about 8' wide, including all genres.

henry s, Friday, 20 January 2023 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, seems like it's happening to so many chains. The few Barnes and Nobles that still even have a music section are increasingly turning space over to vinyl. A new B&N recently opened near me and I was happy to see they still even had a CD section at all, even if it was only a 4'-0" wide stretch of shelf space. Bafflingly, however, they stocked it by jamming every inch with only the spines facing out. Hello neck pain for browsing.

Some stores still have incredible CD sections. I really loved Music Millennium in Portland when I was out there, they managed to have ample space for huge floor space for both formats.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

Music Millenium is one of the last places I've found in the last 5 years to still have a good CD selection. Not long before, the Rough Trade in Brooklyn still had lots of good CDs, but I'm guessing they've gone all vinyl since moving into their smaller Manhattan space. I'm hoping Dusty Groove in Chicago hasn't gone all-vinyl... Ah, for the days when Other Music's mostly-CDs shelves weren't even the best in New York. Would be a miracle to see well-curared CD shelves, today. Guess I need to take a trip to Japan...

Soundslike, Saturday, 21 January 2023 01:02 (two weeks ago) link

The Barnes & Noble near me moved from a large space to a smaller space a few hundred feet away recently. Before the move, cashiers told me that the movie/music section would not be in the new location, and that’s technically true, as the original section was a good chunk of the store (albeit one that shoppers rarely visited).

In the new space, there’s a sort of CD/vinyl shelf or wall stocked with a bare minimum of music that they know will sell, primarily Taylor Swift. But there’s also a floor to ceiling shelf that’s entirely k-pop CDs.

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 21 January 2023 01:52 (two weeks ago) link

Haven't been to the Dusty Groove store in a few years but they still show a good number of new/used CDs on their weekly mailout. Another place in Midwest that's still great for CDs is Dearborn Music near Detroit.

Jeff Wright, Saturday, 21 January 2023 03:32 (two weeks ago) link

Yes, Dearborn Music is absolutely amazing for CDs. My hometown! And where I first bought music (45 rpm singles) many years ago.

henry s, Saturday, 21 January 2023 04:05 (two weeks ago) link

Silver Platters (3 locations in WA) is great for both new and used CDs, and used CDs are usually in good or great condition

scanner darkly, Saturday, 21 January 2023 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

going to be visiting NYC from UK in april - where's the best spots for CD shopping?

― maelin, Friday, January 20, 2023 8:25 AM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

yesterday I went to the Jazz Record Center for the first time in a few years. It's on the 8th floor of a building on W. 26th St, so it feels off the beaten path and like a bit of a time warp. mostly older folks in there. anyway i didn't look through it much but they have a decent sized CD section, mostly jazz as implied by the name. although they have new and used CDs together, which bugs me.

mizzell, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 16:19 (one week ago) link

I think I bought a Mingus CD box set there in the mid 00s. It was really a weird setup iirc, like it's in a random old office building. Does the elevator just dump you off inside or am I making that up?

Unfairport Convention (PBKR), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 16:41 (one week ago) link

No, there's a hallway and a door into the shop. there must be other things in on the same floor.

mizzell, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 16:59 (one week ago) link

Bought my first CD in a long time recently, tricky’s nearly god album (not on streaming) and it was only $2. A steal.

omar little, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 17:05 (one week ago) link

Silver Platters was where I bought my first CDs when I was a Seattleite. Happy to hear they're still extant.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 17:08 (one week ago) link

although they have new and used CDs together, which bugs me.

There was a point where that bugged me, but at this point I actually prefer things this way, as long as they do a good job of delineating new and used CDs at a glance. Especially since more and more people started dumping their CD collections, I'd prefer to only have to look in one location for, say, all of the Miles Davis they have, new and used. The best stores will have like a "Miles Davis" divider, then a sub-divider within between the new and used product.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 17:10 (one week ago) link

Recently bought a new CD for the first time in like 10 years or more I think. Was very nostalgic...

Evan, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 17:13 (one week ago) link

I inherited one of those little Bose CDs players recently and hooked in up in my office. More enjoyable than headphones for me. Sounds better than it looks.

not too strange just bad audio (brimstead), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 17:26 (one week ago) link

Re: NYC: just remembered Westsider Records on W. 72nd - they're definitely CD-heavy. Might be worth calling ahead to check on genre.

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 19:14 (one week ago) link

In October I sold early my entire record and CD collection to a store for 12 grand. It’s paying for my wedding, but I can’t lie it stings a little. But my collection was becoming a burden rather than a joy and moving was the last straw. I’m happy with less, I am convincing myself. It’s like mourning a pet.

Alicia Silver Stone (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 19:14 (one week ago) link

in my will i am going to have to put an apology clause re my cd collection for my lads.
i am like a secret hoarder, with boxes and boxes hidden all over the house/attic so that they are not on display to the casual visitor.
there are a lot of of special/$$ cds throughout the collection but i know that they will just dump the lot.
that said, i have put my FAX collection into a special box and explained the situation.

mark e, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 19:37 (one week ago) link


Crazy to look at 30 years, all in one spot:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Fm2txKeXEAAx5st?format=jpg&name=large

My wife and I live in a wide-open loft apartment, so it's super cool of her to be open to letting my CDs dominate an entire wall.

― Soundslike, Thursday, January 19, 2023 7:24 PM (one week ago)

Another box of about 150 more showed up, somehow separated from the other 8 boxes my folks sent with the last of my CDs, and messed up the whole shelves, because I had room for about +/- 30 more. So piled as many more small box sets as I could on the top. Bit stilleans I'm going to have to get rid of maybe 80 to 100... First cull I'll have done since my early 20s...

I'll probably just try giving them away to the one shop in all of Rhode Island that still sells CDs. Combined with the doubles I already culled out, bound to be some really good stuff.

Soundslike, Friday, 27 January 2023 02:40 (one week ago) link

For any nerds who like lookey-louing through other people's collections (like I do), here are all my CDs (well, minus the 150 that showed up yesterdsy and the hundred-odd that seem to have gone missing)

https://www.twitter.com/musicophiliamix/status/1616208899887230976

Soundslike, Friday, 27 January 2023 02:42 (one week ago) link

my physical collection is much smaller (according to discogs it's like 600 pieces which sounds surprisingly big) but i was still able to cut a couple hundred off a few years ago pretty easily by feeling confident about what I really don't need to hear ever again (but could via the internet anyways). Do you miss some things you got rid of in your 20s cull.. or am I missing the point?

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 27 January 2023 03:37 (one week ago) link

I think I still love most of the music I've ever loved, but I dunno, some detritus builds up. And it's not as if I'm only hanging onto the alll time faves, that would be boring

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 27 January 2023 03:38 (one week ago) link

Weirdly enough, I ran across an email from 2005 with a list of the CDs I sold at the time (partly to fund a move across country) and yeah, there were a good number I would've liked to still have. Looking through last night to begin culling and honestly there weren't a lot I could readily identify as chaff from the wheat, or "detritus". Since I have almost everything ripped and don't actively pull out the CDs to play, it's all a bit abstract, I guess.

But I like not culling the music based on my taste at a given time--I tend to find that many things return to personal relevance at some later date (for example, recently reconnected with a Geoff Farina album I would likely have jettisoned at 25 in my anti-indie zeal, if it'd sold for the $3 I was asking; found it clean and affecting, now). So now I'm eying to cull a lot of 2010s neo-post-punk that leans more "darkwave" or Joy Divisiony, as even the original era post-punk of that flavor was never my favorites. But imagine in 10 or 20 years they might speak to me more.

All very 1st world "problems," obviously. But I find collecting music is like collecting versions of ourselves over time, and I'd prefer my collection not just reflect my current self, but the sum total, the detours and cull du sacs included.

Soundslike, Friday, 27 January 2023 03:58 (one week ago) link

I had a habit of buying used LPs that I kinda liked rather than new ones that I knew I liked, so I have a lot of mildly appreciated LPs that I should get rid of now (Swedish death cleaning idea). But I have a lot of stuff that I don't like so much now but loved when I was younger that I want to hang on to, for the same reason - that was "me" way back then.

nickn, Friday, 27 January 2023 04:43 (one week ago) link

And same with CDs, since is the CD thread.

nickn, Friday, 27 January 2023 04:46 (one week ago) link

You are not a curator for music you MIGHT like one day.

Try not to be a completist and be honest about what you love and what is merely a hole filled, and ditch that.

Or just keep it all and replace the jewel cases with folding plastic sleeves, you'll double your rack space.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 27 January 2023 05:05 (one week ago) link

To each their own, I'd say re: curation of a library.

I don't have anything in my collection I don't at least "like," that I don't see something of value in. Certainly, the vast majority is a lot more than that. But certainly I've never seen a music collection--or life, generally--as something to whittle down to only the most rarified. I want to experience a much fuller gamut, even as of course I build within the broader library a collection of most favorites. But it all adds to the sum, for me.

Soundslike, Friday, 27 January 2023 06:12 (one week ago) link

And I have to say, I don't get those mylar sleeve things at all. Whatever aesthetic value there is to a bunch of CDs on shelves comes from the patwork tapestry of colors their spines present, no?

Soundslike, Friday, 27 January 2023 06:13 (one week ago) link

if you have the space, yes.

mine are in two rotating towers, four other waist high towers against two different walls and two head height towers behind the bedroom door and split up like this you don't get the same effect

koogs, Friday, 27 January 2023 07:37 (one week ago) link

Having recently moved house for the first time in many years, and now on the cusp of moving again (this time overseas), I've decided to give the CD collection a trim round the edges. I pulled out around 450 from a total of 2500 or so, and am in the process of flogging them off as we speak. Almost none of them are actually bad, they're just not things I'm too likely to play again and are often discs I randomly picked up in charity shops or when I was out and in a buying mood. Either that or records I liked when I was in my 20s and I've moved on in one way or another.
The collection looks far more pleasing to me now as a result! So sorry Nels Cline/Violent Femmes/Secret Chiefs 3/Edgar Broughton Band/Shiva Burlesque/bunch of free jazz, 2nd division Krautrock and remnants of the late 90s post-rock phase etc etc, but I can probably live without you. Harsh but fair. Also surprisingly profitable!

re: collecting and culling: I think a lot about the standard posed in an ILX post by (i think) scott seward), where you only keep things that when you pull them out and look at them, you immediately go "what a great album." thing is, i enjoy way too many mediocre albums, or albums with a few songs i love enough to tolerate some middling-but-charming album tracks in between. i like getting into artists, quickly or over years, and getting to know their less-than-great material. part of the fun and the journey.

so long as you have the space, keeping things that you might only listen to a few more times in your life seems okay to me; in the grand scheme, the space devoted to retaining a particular LP or CD isn't closing off that many avenues in your life. so long as you have the space!

i think the trickiest stuff is where i really haven't listened to something in ages, not sure i really would like it all that much if i did again, but feel some kind of 'loyalty' to it, either because i loved it back in the day, or wanted to love it back in the day, or saw the band live on that tour, or whatever. this is where Konmari standards probably should come into play - it's not sparking joy, so thank the item for what joy it once brought you, and send it on its way. easier said than done. i've done some rounds of filling the 'upcoming listening' rack with stuff i'm not sure i like any more, and basically being like "you better impress me this time or it's out the door with you." not sure that's the best way to listen to any album, but it's produced some purges and some surprise "oh, this is way more my jam now than it was 10 years ago!" moments.

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Friday, 27 January 2023 14:33 (one week ago) link

You folks with too many CDs can mail them to me and I'll pay the shipping. I am happy to do you the favor of taking them off your hands.

Cow_Art, Friday, 27 January 2023 14:46 (one week ago) link

I don't get those mylar sleeve things at all. Whatever aesthetic value there is to a bunch of CDs on shelves comes from the patwork tapestry of colors their spines present, no?

I completely agree, but practical reality forced my hand when we expanded the bathroom adjacent to the music room and I had to eliminate two racks worth of space. It was ditch jewel cases or ditch CDs, so I chose the former.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 27 January 2023 14:59 (one week ago) link

i've done some rounds of filling the 'upcoming listening' rack with stuff i'm not sure i like any more, and basically being like "you better impress me this time or it's out the door with you." not sure that's the best way to listen to any album, but it's produced some purges and some surprise "oh, this is way more my jam now than it was 10 years ago!" moments.

This is exactly my experience. It mostly results in stuff being shown the door (and I've repurchased maybe half a dozen items in my life) but the surprising moments are almost better than buying something new. There's just something special about digging in your own crates and coming up with a winner!

Purging always makes me feel like I'm curating rather than collecting, and ultimately creating a tighter-focused library. As it is, I've got over 75000 tracks in my digital library. I could stop adding to it tomorrow and be satisfied, in theory.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 27 January 2023 15:13 (one week ago) link

i've done some rounds of filling the 'upcoming listening' rack with stuff i'm not sure i like any more, and basically being like "you better impress me this time or it's out the door with you."

I do this too, but it really does feel like homework sometimes. Especially when I have some new thing I just bought that I want to hear, and I feel guilty for playing it rather than deciding whether or not I really need to continue owning VG- CD copies of every New Bomb Turks album

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 27 January 2023 16:25 (one week ago) link

yeah, the homework thing is real. i have a few things that have been in that rack for, uh, months at this point, waiting for the right time/ambience. maybe a sign.

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Friday, 27 January 2023 16:34 (one week ago) link

I just sold 30-40 books last week and took hours agonizing over which ones to jettison to make room on the shelves. And now, sitting here, I can't remember the title of a single one of them.

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Friday, 27 January 2023 16:56 (one week ago) link

^^^

it's very, very rare that i later reach for anything i've gotten rid of in a purge like this. but always, different strokes for different folks.

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Friday, 27 January 2023 17:58 (one week ago) link

I could do some purging/selling, but my shelves aren't full so fuck it

I do have a bunch of stuff priced, and can pull it out for the 2-3 record shows a year I sell at

sleeve, Friday, 27 January 2023 18:00 (one week ago) link

The other reason I used to do annual purges was my racks were full, and I integrate the previous years purchases at the end of each year, so in order to make space, some things needed to go out. Does anyone else do that or do you just organize things by year of acquisition?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 27 January 2023 18:49 (one week ago) link

lol what

alphabetical for life

sleeve, Friday, 27 January 2023 18:53 (one week ago) link

Alphabetical AND chronological by release date within that. It's the only thing in life I have OCD about.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 27 January 2023 19:01 (one week ago) link

To each their own, I'd say re: curation of a library.

I don't have anything in my collection I don't at least "like," that I don't see something of value in. Certainly, the vast majority is a lot more than that. But certainly I've never seen a music collection--or life, generally--as something to whittle down to only the most rarified. I want to experience a much fuller gamut, even as of course I build within the broader library a collection of most favorites. But it all adds to the sum, for me.

Definitely to each their own - there's enough differences between people's listening habits (or how they generally use their records - esp. if they're a professional writer, historian or someone in the business) that you ultimately know better than anyone what you should be doing.

And I have to say, I don't get those mylar sleeve things at all. Whatever aesthetic value there is to a bunch of CDs on shelves comes from the patchwork tapestry of colors their spines present, no?

Robert Christgau talked about this on a recent podcast (like in 2020 or 2021). He uses Spotify but still maintains a library of CD's - he says vinyl is "too cumbersome" for him at this point - but unless it's an absolute favorite, he won't keep the jewel cases. The majority of his CD's are in those mylar sleeves.

FWIW I generally keep everything intact, but there are quite a few titles where I'll have a second copy burned on a CD-R. This isn't an exact copy - it's usually a different version (a different mastering, maybe a version I've tweaked to my preferences) that supplements the complete copy I've chosen to keep, and to save space, the CD-R copy will usually be stuck in one of those slim cases that are too thin to have anything on the spine. It's not an issue because they're placed right next to the title they're supplementing (which will be the full package).

And yeah, I organized alphabetically by artist (or the composer for classical recordings), then for each artist I organize their work chronologically (usually by when it's more or less recorded, or for classical recordings when the work was composed). Nothing's separated by genre, they all coexist together.

birdistheword, Friday, 27 January 2023 19:02 (one week ago) link

yeah I mostly gave up on genre filing for vinyl, and entirely for CDs (although I have a separate box for card-style sleeves)

sleeve, Friday, 27 January 2023 19:34 (one week ago) link

my collection is predominantly random.
but in my head i have certain areas of the house for certain genres.
i do however have sections as per the record label.

mark e, Friday, 27 January 2023 19:41 (one week ago) link

My CDs are pretty scattered, though little pockets do exist. All the 4AD stuff seems to wind up together, as do genres like jungle and rave. Box sets, specially-packaged and odd-sized stuff live in a large curio cabinet, and digipaks are mainly kept separate from plastic jewel boxes, as the latter seem to pick on the former.

henry s, Friday, 27 January 2023 19:42 (one week ago) link

I have an unusually large amount of CDs and add 5-10 a week, mostly used in the $1-7 range. They are unorganised, just stacked on shelves in various places in my house, or in boxes, plus the car and my office. I often buy duplicates, triplicates or even more copies of CDs I already own. I keep lots of them in folders and throw away the cases but often there's other intact copies somewhere which I don't have to look too hard to find, I don't have to care for them particularly carefully, and I can give them away if I want to. I gave a friend of mine almost the entire discographies of Sade and EBTG at Christmas, just from duplicates I had lying around. I have joked with my children that each of them are bequeathed an entire Stereolab discography on CD when I die. It's either that or the Salvation Army is going to have an entire bankers box of Stereolab on the $1 rack. No doubt this seems insane to a lot of people, but to me the way other people access their music, or deal with physical media gives me a headache.

everything, Friday, 27 January 2023 20:10 (one week ago) link

Legend

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 28 January 2023 01:46 (one week ago) link


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