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How many cd's do you have?
« on: 29 Apr 2007, 08:53 »

I've got 461 proper releases, not counting burnt albums, mixes, etc.

And 3 records.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #1 on: 29 Apr 2007, 09:41 »

 This should go in the music forum.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #2 on: 29 Apr 2007, 09:47 »

I have The Chemical Brothers - Surrender.

I have Fugazi - Repeater on vinyl.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #3 on: 29 Apr 2007, 10:12 »

CDs are the worst format of music ever devised.

Discuss.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #4 on: 29 Apr 2007, 10:14 »

 I think CD's are pretty alright.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #5 on: 29 Apr 2007, 10:23 »

I can put a cd into my computer, but I cannot put a record in there. Also I can make mixes with cds, but not with records (due to the technology I own, I guess). I can't even play a record in my car!

The worst format that's still even a little bit around though is cassette, and I say that with love because I make mixtapes all the time. The sound quality is not so good.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #6 on: 29 Apr 2007, 10:24 »

I love cassettes and I'm keeping the cassette player in my car but it's easily the worst format by a long shot.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #7 on: 29 Apr 2007, 10:27 »

CDs were a necessary evil in the journey between vinyl and digital.

Unsure about cassettes
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #8 on: 29 Apr 2007, 10:28 »

I have a couple dozen records and some 750 albums. Of course I didn't pay for all, most, or even a few of them. But I have them nonetheless.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #9 on: 29 Apr 2007, 10:38 »

The worst format that's still even a little bit around though is cassette, and I say that with love because I make mixtapes all the time. The sound quality is not so good.

You should know that you are wrong here. Cassettes are actually very cool because they were much cheaper than CDs and Records, which for an emerging technology was utterly unique. They also basically spawned the DIY, tape-trading scene and made it accessible to people who could not afford expensive equipment to participate. Of course you could also record things for free which was a great equalizer in itself. Also, they made music properly portable for the first time, which was an incredible feat. Another advatage was the variable tape sizes, which meant you could sometimes fit something like four albums on one tape. Also, when you bought a tape you could hear the album as it was meant to be heard - as two distinct sides rather than one continuous playlist. The sound quality of tapes is fine and I would much prefer to hear most bands I enjoy on tape. Find 'Murmur' by REM on tape if you need clarification of this.

Seriously, tapes were fucking amazing.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #10 on: 29 Apr 2007, 10:51 »

I didn't say tapes sucked, I said the sound quality isn't as hot as it could/should(? ) be. There always seems to be some fuzz that shouldn't be there, which in some cases can improve the aesthetics of the band overall, but sucky if you're going for a clean sound. Same with vinyl, the pops in my Loretta Lynn record or my Johnny Cash record enhance the sound of the recording (to my ears), but I would not want pops in my LCD Soundsystem or post-Satanic Panic Of Montreal.

Keep in mind that I did say that I love cassettes, I have cassette earrings that I wear all the time, but they're still the worst.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #11 on: 29 Apr 2007, 11:14 »

Also, cassettes decay with time. If it wasn't for the gradual decay that using/fast forwarding/rewinding a cassette, I'd still be using one. Well, maybe if my cassette player hadn't broken.

Edit: Oh right, I have about 300 CDs. That's about 250 too many. The rest were either really great and worth it, limited edition or bought directly from the artist.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #12 on: 29 Apr 2007, 11:26 »

LCD Soundsystem or post-Satanic Panic Of Montreal.

I would argue that the mp3 format is sufficient for the albums you mentioned. Thus, beyond wanting to own one of those annoying plastic cases that shatters into a trillion shards the second you open it, I can't see any reason to rank the CD above any other obsolete format such as 8-Track or MiniDisk. Plus they made people think we need 80 minute albums. Worst of all - they made people think that records should cost $20.

Also, cassettes decay with time.

Okay, that's the one area you don't want to even mention with CDs. They scratch to fucking buggery the second time you pick them up out of their case. I still have the first ten or so cassettes I ever bought and they sound fine fifteen years later. So do the records. The CDs became coasters or just unplayable after a month.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #13 on: 29 Apr 2007, 12:28 »

God, who gives a shit what format you listen to your music on?! Just listen to what you like and stop arguing. In my opinion every format has its advantages and disadvantages.

For what it's worth, I have 300ish CDs and maybe a dozen vinyl albums, not counting my parents records that I listen to.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #14 on: 29 Apr 2007, 13:07 »

If the subject is raised, we may as well discuss it.

If every thread was "Who cares about X, why don't we all Y?" it would get silly very quickly.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #15 on: 29 Apr 2007, 13:08 »

CDs are the worst format of music ever devised.

Discuss.
Agreed.

CDs were a necessary evil in the journey between vinyl and digital.

Unsure about cassettes
Agreed again.

They were a necessary middle-step but these days I don't know why you would even bother purchasing a cd.  MP3s are infinitely more convenient, are easily manipulated and usually cheaper than a cd.  Vinyl is much more fun to listen to, actually sounds better IMHO and much more collectible if that's your thing (which in my case it is).  I personally am a huge fan of Sub Pop's new policy where if you mail-order a vinyl album they will send you a code with it so that you can legally download the mp3s for your computer as well.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #16 on: 29 Apr 2007, 13:42 »

Tommy is pretty much right, with one disclaimer.  MOST tapes - and all tapes made before 1988 or so - don't decay in sound quality (unless they get eaten).  Around 1988 to push CD sales, they started making commercial tapes intentionally out of lower quality material.  This was called "planned obsolescence", to ensure people would eventually have to buy CD versions of tapes they owned.
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« Reply #17 on: 29 Apr 2007, 13:45 »

CDs are pretty useful for backing things up and storing files. Not as useful as DVDs, but still useful. This makes them NOT CRAP in my opinion.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #18 on: 29 Apr 2007, 14:06 »

Digital music media allows for easy and accurate rewinding/fast-forwarding and or looping of sections of music which can be very helpful for musicians transcribing music, not to mention that cassettes sometimes seem to have a tendency to play things at variable speed and pitch which makes transcription even more difficult.
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« Reply #19 on: 29 Apr 2007, 14:21 »

They were a necessary middle-step but these days I don't know why you would even bother purchasing a cd.  MP3s are infinitely more convenient, are easily manipulated and usually cheaper than a cd.  Vinyl is much more fun to listen to, actually sounds better IMHO and much more collectible if that's your thing (which in my case it is).  I personally am a huge fan of Sub Pop's new policy where if you mail-order a vinyl album they will send you a code with it so that you can legally download the mp3s for your computer as well.

I still buy cds for a number of reasons. For one thing most music I buy is only released on cd, vinyl or occasionally cassette, not mp3, and is frequently hard to download from file-sharing programs. And mp3s are only cheaper if you ignore the cost of the hardware. I can't afford an mp3 player which would store more songs than a burnt cd and considering the rate of muggings around where I live it would be pretty stupid of me to spend over ?100 on something I'd carry around with me. My cd walkman was cheap and has lasted me years, same with my cassette walkman.

Tapes are still great for recording when you start to consider cost. A friend and I have been using an old cassette recorder for working on songs. Sure the quality isn't great (this is more to do with the recorder itself rather than the cassette as a medium) but it's affordable, whereas digital recording isn't at the moment.

In the end I prefer vinyl to cds and tapes though, it's more physical. But if I'm to release something myself cd all the way. It's cheaper than vinyl and faster to reproduce than tapes.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #20 on: 29 Apr 2007, 15:05 »

I have about 350 CDs.

Currently, I view CDs and mp3s as equally necessary. I need mp3 format because I can't have a CD carrying case for all 350 CDs that is anywhere near as small as my mp3s player.

But I don't do any downloading. I rip all my mp3s from my CDs, which is what I still need CDs for. The problem with downloading is that you don't always get stuff at the same bit rate, or you get a live version that wasn't properly labeled as such, or the volume levels aren't all the same. Furthermore, it makes it too easy to break apart the unity of the album. I always listen to my music as complete albums, never individual songs.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #21 on: 29 Apr 2007, 16:10 »

Reading about your download problems, I feel tempted to break a lance for slsk in public :) Yep it is a sin to do so, but I'll have my holy wine with a holy cow steak today....
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #22 on: 29 Apr 2007, 16:32 »

As someone with a cassette player that isn't a Walkman and cassettes made prior to '88 which have in fact degraded, I can assure you that a large chunk of you are viewing the medium through rose-tinted glasses; as someone without a credit card, I can also assure you that purchased MP3s are difficult to come by and at any rate they lack the physical album art, which in many cases with CDs can be quite a good thing to have.

I understand your dislike of CDs, guys, but they aren't the completely insanely bad medium everyone makes them out to be. I buy LPs when I can get away with it but CDs are for sure the primary medium in which I own music.
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« Reply #23 on: 29 Apr 2007, 16:35 »

Okay, that's the one area you don't want to even mention with CDs. They scratch to fucking buggery the second time you pick them up out of their case. I still have the first ten or so cassettes I ever bought and they sound fine fifteen years later. So do the records. The CDs became coasters or just unplayable after a month.

Are you listening to your CD's, or sodomizing them? Jesus fucking christ. If I kept my Vinyl in the same conditions I keep my CDs (lying around not in a case) they would be fucked by now, whereas all my CDs are still perfectly playable, no matter how poorly I treat them.

Oh, and about 350 CDs and about fifty LPs.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #24 on: 29 Apr 2007, 16:51 »

I'm with you, JC. I don't download insane amounts of music, mostly just individual songs so I can sample different bands and artists. I don't have the fastest internet connection in the world so this is all I can afford to do. Most of my music is on CDs, and I like to own the cover art and flip through the little booklets and all that. I keep 'em all in great condition and if a case breaks, I replace it!

Basically I am pretty down with CDs, though I can see the reasons why people would prefer mp3 or vinyl. It all seems pretty moot. CDs can get scratched, but vinyl can too, and your harddrive could get fried or stolen... All present formats will obsolete at some point... You may prefer the fuzzy sound of an album on tape, or the crackle of your old LP, but I know the album on CD and I prefer it the way that I know it. What's the difference?

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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #25 on: 29 Apr 2007, 17:53 »

568 CDs.  I have about the same amount of vinyl, at a guess, maybe a bit more.
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« Reply #26 on: 29 Apr 2007, 17:59 »

568 CDs.  I have about the same amount of vinyl, at a guess, maybe a bit more.

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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #27 on: 29 Apr 2007, 18:39 »

FWIW I am 31, so I've been buying CDs for maybe 15 or 16 years - I'm actually pretty heartless about getting rid of things I don't like, so I've probably bought at least a thousand CDs in my life. 

Also, a large chunk of the vinyl is either singles (hip-hop and dance stuff that never made it to CD) or the result of second-hand bargain bin trawling.
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« Reply #28 on: 29 Apr 2007, 19:00 »

I have far too many considering I have not really bought any for thet 5 or 6 years. One day I will catch up. When I am a millionaire!

I would also like to declare my love for MiniDiscs. They were fucking awesome. I still have my player and it is quite frankly beautiful. It looks way better than most mp3 players. I was gutted when the minidisc player in my hifi went. (This was years ago as well)
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #29 on: 29 Apr 2007, 19:00 »

No format is going to last forever. Even digital media degrade over time. I've grown up with C.D.s so they're what's familiar to me (I can remember when they first started becoming common, and it coincided with when I first started buying music). MP3s will never entirely replace C.D.s for me because there's a strong aesthetic and tactile enjoyment that I derive from the act of turning on the C.D. player, taking a C.D. out of its case, putting it in the C.D. player, pressing "play", and then holding the C.D. case and liner notes in my hand while I listen to the music. Scrolling through a menu on a screen and then pushing a button to start the music doesn't really compare.

787 C.D.s. Huh, thought I had more than that.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #30 on: 29 Apr 2007, 21:12 »

Probably around 600 cds, 100 LPs, and 50 or so 45s.

On the whole, I really, really, hate mp3s. I think it's partly because I like physically holding something. The booklet/artwork/sleeve of a cd/record/etc is part of the experience to me.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #31 on: 29 Apr 2007, 22:05 »

Make that 788. I found an Okkervil River C.D. I'd missed.
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« Reply #32 on: 29 Apr 2007, 22:08 »

From now on, when I get into arguments with Tommy/see other people do the same, I'm going to start a game where I see how many posts Tommy makes before he mentions Fugazi, vinyl, Steve Albini, and/or Silkworm.
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« Reply #33 on: 29 Apr 2007, 22:12 »

Actually, make that 787 again. I've just remembered that my Charlie Hunter Trio C.D. is mysteriously missing, although the case is still there on the shelf. Fuck.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #34 on: 29 Apr 2007, 22:38 »

About 150 or so CDs, about 10 or so Vinyl (only started buying them. They're all limited edition Isis or Pelican LPs thus far  :-o )

For the record, while I prefer the sound of Vinyl (and all the artwork) CDs are way more convienient, and sound pretty decent, so I'm happy with em.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #35 on: 29 Apr 2007, 22:44 »

3, 4, something like that.

How many hard drives I have is another question entirely.
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« Reply #36 on: 30 Apr 2007, 00:19 »

I've got about 400-odd CDs and 30 to 40 LPs.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #37 on: 30 Apr 2007, 00:40 »

I'd estimate I have somewhere between 350 - 400 cd's.
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« Reply #38 on: 30 Apr 2007, 00:46 »

From now on, when I get into arguments with Tommy/see other people do the same, I'm going to start a game where I see how many posts Tommy makes before he mentions Fugazi, vinyl, Steve Albini, and/or Silkworm.

Can we make a drinking game out of it?

We can also add in a rule where if I'm involved in a conversation and I mention a Canadian band you drink.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #39 on: 30 Apr 2007, 02:10 »

Since starting to listen to music I've bought about one album a week.
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« Reply #40 on: 30 Apr 2007, 04:03 »

50ish or so, 1 vinyl
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« Reply #41 on: 30 Apr 2007, 05:57 »

From now on, when I get into arguments with Tommy/see other people do the same, I'm going to start a game where I see how many posts Tommy makes before he mentions Fugazi, vinyl, Steve Albini, and/or Silkworm.

Man, that is complete Fugazi, vinyl, Steve Albini, Silkworm.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #42 on: 30 Apr 2007, 06:27 »

I have about 160 or so.

I don't really do downloading.
The way I see it, I plan on making money from music, I think through that, I'm obliged to pay for all my music.

I didn't have a job last year. And so I only bought maybe 10 cds.

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« Reply #43 on: 30 Apr 2007, 07:35 »

I love my CDs. I guess its because when I started getting into music, it was still the age of the CD. Also, I don't like paying for digital music, if I'm going to pay money for music (which I do quite regularly) its going to be for something physical that I can archive and display with the rest of my collection, but I guess I'm just old fashioned like that.
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« Reply #44 on: 30 Apr 2007, 08:16 »

I have 507 single/double pre-recorded CDs.  And about another 60 or so in multi-disc collections (Simon and Garfunkel; Donovan; 60's, 70's, and 80's rock; classical pieces, and so forth).  They run the gamut from ABBA to Warren Zevon, with many stops in between. 

I have about 40 CD mixes that I have made.

I also have about 20 albums on vinyl (lost a ton bunch in an accident several years ago, including my 78 rpm recording of "Hound Dog" by Elvis).

I have about 50 pre-recorded cassette tapes.  I have about 30 mix tapes containing various types of mixes (rock, celtic, and so forth).

I have one 8-track tape, a recording of a radio show when my daughter won a prize from a local radio station (but no 8-track player anymore). 

I have some of digital music I have purchased and downloaded into my computer.  The purchase agreement says that I can download them as many times as I want, to as many computers as I want, one flat fee (US$0.88 per song, US$8.88 per album).  (http://www.mp3tunes.com/)  The problem is that they don't have the music I want, for the most part.

I am looking into a program where you can buy music to download, plus you can get the CD for a few extra dollars.  (http://www.anywherecd.com/mp3/home1)  Likewise, they don't have music that I want. 

I have 24 videotapes/DVDs of various music things, some pre-recorded and some recorded off of television.  Plus 11 videotapes of operas recorded from television. 

I have about 6 GB of ripped CDs on my computer in Ogg Vorbis and FLAC formats. 

There are also about 100 or so CDs relating to computer stuff:  backups, downloaded and burnt CDs for various GNU/Linux distros, software applications, and so forth. 

I do not have a portable mp3 player, but I am looking for a portable player that will handle ogg vorbis and FLAC files, and has a reasonable HD size. 

I don't necessarily mind buying all of my music again every few years, but it would be nice to have it all in some sort of semi-permanent state.  I am getting too old for this shit.

Also, I buy quite a few CDs at shows/concerts given by local groups, so if I stand there long enough I can get them signed, which is tough to do with downloaded stuff. 

Oh shit.  If we are counting hard drives I have 23.  Plus the one in my computer.  Plus the one in my wife's computer.  Plus the one in my son's computer.  Plus the two for my laptop (which is dead, by the way).

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« Reply #45 on: 30 Apr 2007, 11:00 »

Man, that is complete Fugazi, vinyl, Steve Albini, Silkworm.

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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #46 on: 30 Apr 2007, 11:09 »

Most of my music is on CDs, and I like to own the cover art and flip through the little booklets and all that. I keep 'em all in great condition and if a case breaks, I replace it!

Basically I am pretty down with CDs, though I can see the reasons why people would prefer mp3 or vinyl. It all seems pretty moot. CDs can get scratched, but vinyl can too, and your harddrive could get fried or stolen... All present formats will obsolete at some point... You may prefer the fuzzy sound of an album on tape, or the crackle of your old LP, but I know the album on CD and I prefer it the way that I know it. What's the difference?

This is pretty much exactly what I was going to say.

Other then that: a little shy of 300 albums on CD format, and 10 on LP.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #47 on: 30 Apr 2007, 11:42 »

Not that mant, really. Probably less than one hundred, more than fifty. I don't have enough money to have a large collection of CDs.
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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #48 on: 30 Apr 2007, 11:53 »

My collection is a glorious 115 cds, one tape and zero LPs. God knows how many GB.

I am going to agree with Misereatur and Gryff in that cds are quite neat and as long as you are a little mindful you'll be fine.

Although it must be said, I would be all over vinyl if I had the necessary equipment.



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Re: How many cd's do you have?
« Reply #49 on: 05 May 2007, 04:17 »

I have 115 CDs and eight LPs (This is one I'm extremely proud to own: Turbonegro - Apocalypse Dudes LP).

CDs are good. You just have to keep them properly.
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