|Second Wave Compilation, Talking Heads, and SOM all purchased at a used book store|
Are CD's obsolete? With all of this digital downloading, most people don't even bother with them. Even vinyls (which are technically obsolete) have a vintage charm which CD's currently lack. I have a friend who jokes, "It's 2013. Who listens to CD's anymore?" while knowing full well that I still buy them. It might seem that I have luddite tendencies--I don't use an e reader either. However, I can make some very good arguments for purchasing CD's.
Buying your music on compact disks nowadays is really cheap, especially if you know where to look. I tend to shop for them at Goodwill, thrift stores, and used book stores. I found Ministry's Psalm 69 (in very good condition) at my local Goodwill for only $1. Keep in mind, many people pay that much for a digital copy of one song. When I shop for them at my local used book store, the CD's are guaranteed to be in good condition. They're a little more expensive, but I can also use trade credit to purchase them.
I also enjoy the fact that having a CD is more than just the music. Sometimes it's an experience. It's like owning a hard copy of a book. It's more than just the words, but the feel of the pages and the smell of the paper. When you purchase music on disc, you have the album art and CD booklet that may include band pictures, song lyrics, and other information that you wouldn't otherwise see on iTunes.
|She Wants Revenge, Ministry, and Gothic Rock 2 purchased from a thrift shop, Goodwill, and CD store sale, respectively.|
You also have a hard copy as backup since technology is not always reliable. I, personally, have had trouble with iTunes in the past. There have been a few instances in which I have purchased faulty song files on iTunes. If you have digital copies from a less reliable source, you run high risk of losing those songs. (I still download music, but I like to purchase CD's when I can)
Song and artist discovery is another advantage of CD shopping. I bought some Leaether Strip albums from the used book store before I knew who they were. I recognized the band name, so I picked up the case, which has interesting cover art. I had money to spend, so I thought it would be worth a try. I was right. Sometimes, there are compilation CD's where you might recognize a couple songs, but end up discovering new artists to check out. A couple of days ago, I purchased "The Second Wave." It's a compilation CD. I knew some of the songs on there, but I was curious about the rest. I now have a soundtrack to my summer, which I can pop in my car's CD player, let the wind blow through my hair, and enjoy.
Here's the playlist I made with all the tracks on "The Second Wave."
CD's may be out of style and obsolete, but I think I've listed some pretty good reasons why you music enthusiasts who don't purchase them, should start. If I haven't managed to convince you, well, you're probably just as stubborn as I am. If any of you readers still listen to CD's, let me know why in the comments.