Your music collection?

Aaron

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If you're a big music fan like me, chances are you've amassed a pretty big music collection over the years. I've got hundreds of CD's.

Now that so many of us have found different ways of listening to music... Sirius XM, Slacker, iPod, etc. - I'm wondering what has happened to your music collection? Still listening to it? not as much? Are you still going out and buying music on CD?
 

memebag

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I use an iPod because my car came with a slick interface for it. I can change tracks from the steering wheel. Other than that, I despise the device and its wretched iTunes master. I named mine "doPi", and am forced to re-enter that name every time it locks up and has to be reset. I always have 12,000 of my favorite songs at my finger tips (except when doPi freezes).

Around the house and in the pool, my network storage serves up all of my music. Over 31,000 songs available on two PCs and two Xboxes.

I buy most music as MP3s from Amazon. If it isn't available on MP3, I'll buy CDs, usually from Amazon. The CDs get ripped as soon as they arrive, then go into some hefty filing cabinets to slowly decompose.
 
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HecticArt

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Man, the archives go waaay back.

Mostly sat and mp3 these days. I still buy CD's but don't listen to them nearly as much as I used to. I rip a lot of them, but never manage to take care of them all. I still even have my cassette collection (remember those?) It goes back to something like 1979 or 80. Those are almost never touched. I can't stand the thought of getting rid of them yet. I keep telling myself I'm going to catalog them in Excel or something so I can keep track of which ones I want to replace on CD or mp3, but there never seems to be the time. Some of them have gone bad. I don't know if the metal particles on the tape are realigning, or if they are oxidizing, but every once and a while I'll throw one in and it will sound really muffled with a high pitched squeal over the top. I really need to do my house keeping and say goodbye.

I have a few "enhanced" CD's that are protected so that you can't rip them. Does anybody have a work around? I'd really like to have a few of them on my SL2.
 

Steel Cranium

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Man, the archives go waaay back.

Mostly sat and mp3 these days. I still buy CD's but don't listen to them nearly as much as I used to. I rip a lot of them, but never manage to take care of them all. I still even have my cassette collection (remember those?) It goes back to something like 1979 or 80. Those are almost never touched. I can't stand the thought of getting rid of them yet. I keep telling myself I'm going to catalog them in Excel or something so I can keep track of which ones I want to replace on CD or mp3, but there never seems to be the time. Some of them have gone bad. I don't know if the metal particles on the tape are realigning, or if they are oxidizing, but every once and a while I'll throw one in and it will sound really muffled with a high pitched squeal over the top. I really need to do my house keeping and say goodbye.

I have a few "enhanced" CD's that are protected so that you can't rip them. Does anybody have a work around? I'd really like to have a few of them on my SL2.

Has to do with disabling autoplay for your CD drive. Also getting rid of the hidden device that they use to fire up the software when the disc is loaded (needed if you have run the security software in the past).

Analysis of the MediaMax CD3 Copy-Prevention System
 
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MAJ Badmotherfarker

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I really need to sit down and rip all my CDs before they're all worthless. The constant moving is not good on CDs. Seems like there's always a few that end up scratched to hell.
 

limegrass69

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I hardly listen to my CDs anymore. I'll only pop one in when I am looking for better sound quality.

I have a monthly Rhapsody subscription that I use with my Sonos. They more or less have everything on there. But the sound quality is not pristine. It's been years since I've actually bought something for my collection. I have a boat load of cassette tapes too...those are probably shot at this point.
 

jef

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I still buy CDs more than half the time. I'm an old, old man who needs the reassurance of a physical copy of the music I buy. I also like to get the booklet and lyrics. (Sometimes I miss the old 12" format for that - anyone else spend hours looking at the cover of an Iron Maiden album trying to find all of the hidden items? Some cool stuff, that!) That being said, they get ripped as soon as soon as I get them home and the songs go on the iPod. The cds go into the cd racks. I still have certain special/rare items on vinyl, too, but as an audio format it was easy to let that go for the most part. Perhaps my ears aren't great, but I'll take a nice clean CD over the hiss and pop of vinyl any day -- especially the cheap, craptastic vinyl labels were pumping out toward the end.

Now, though, I have started to let the past go since disk storage is so cheap these days that I have a nice little backup system in place. Digital downloads are the future I guess, and I've been making more purchases that way. Now, YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!! :cuss:
 

limegrass69

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I still buy CDs more than half the time. I'm an old, old man who needs the reassurance of a physical copy of the music I buy. I also like to get the booklet and lyrics. (Sometimes I miss the old 12" format for that - anyone else spend hours looking at the cover of an Iron Maiden album trying to find all of the hidden items? Some cool stuff, that!) That being said, they get ripped as soon as soon as I get them home and the songs go on the iPod. The cds go into the cd racks. I still have certain special/rare items on vinyl, too, but as an audio format it was easy to let that go for the most part. Perhaps my ears aren't great, but I'll take a nice clean CD over the hiss and pop of vinyl any day -- especially the cheap, craptastic vinyl labels were pumping out toward the end.

Now, though, I have started to let the past go since disk storage is so cheap these days that I have a nice little backup system in place. Digital downloads are the future I guess, and I've been making more purchases that way. Now, YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!! :cuss:

I really miss the warmth of a good vinyl recording. You really don't know what you are missing until you pull out the turntable and fire it up. While clean, CDs are pretty harsh sounding, relatively speaking. Plus the over compression and processing that gets done to music these days is just awful. Everything is so loud, and there is very little depth.
 

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I really miss the warmth of a good vinyl recording. You really don't know what you are missing until you pull out the turntable and fire it up. While clean, CDs are pretty harsh sounding, relatively speaking. Plus the over compression and processing that gets done to music these days is just awful. Everything is so loud, and there is very little depth.

... perfectly designed for your iPod. The latest Metallica release is a perfect example. Drop 'Death Magnetic' onto a high end system and you can easily hear the distortion. Very annoying. Crank the same up when ripped to a personal device or in a noisy car and its more tolerable. Maybe they just want to ensure a cash flow stream from the "remastered" (fixed) version in a few years.

I have heard that the guitar hero version of this disk is very clean - only the CD/download was "remastered" before it went out the door.
 

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We either have trashed or sold our entire CD collection over the past 5 years. Between Sirius and now Slacker, we have no need for archaic CD's.
 

TSSJimmyCoN

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My itunes consists of about 17,000 songs and I've only had my laptop since last July. Desktop, if not counting doubles has another 3-4k. I collect music from everywhere and I listen to everything.... I have about 400 vinyl. probably 1000 cds (maybe more, lost/stolen) a box full of tapes at my childhood home and about a dozen 8track (used to be a huge kiss fan)....keep in mind I'm only 25.
 

TSSJimmyCoN

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I remember back in 2003, my art and business of recording professor told us all that CDs will become irrellevant within 1 year. We all laughed at him and I never again took that class seriously. Who's laughing now? not I.
 

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I have about 8000+ in my personal collection, alot of which was burned from my CD collection which is now in books. And I do listen to all of it at one time or another. Nice to have the undiscovered gem in your collection come up on Shuffle Mode.

I use Slacker and other formats as a music discovery device, although I buy very little music unless it really does something for me. At one point when I was in my 20's I was easily spending $500 a month on CDs alone, and my collection reflects, so does my bank account. :(
 

HecticArt

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Amen brotha

I used to work next door to a record shop. I'd go drinking with the owner on a regular. I was in everyday buying something. They used to give me such sweet deals and a lot of promo's too, but I still went through a lot of cash there. I miss those days. Always crazy new music to drop on my friends.
 

HecticArt

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... perfectly designed for your iPod. The latest Metallica release is a perfect example. Drop 'Death Magnetic' onto a high end system and you can easily hear the distortion. Very annoying. Crank the same up when ripped to a personal device or in a noisy car and its more tolerable. Maybe they just want to ensure a cash flow stream from the "remastered" (fixed) version in a few years.

I have heard that the guitar hero version of this disk is very clean - only the CD/download was "remastered" before it went out the door.

DOOD! It worked like a charm. Now I just have to remember which all of my CD's I wanted to rip. Thanks again!
 

blyons200

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I have about a thousand CD's. Still haven't got around to ripping most of them. I rip them at 256K so they don't so too bad. Every once in a while I still whip some out to listen to the CD itself. I still mostly buy CD's, but not near as many as I used to. I used to be like some and buy a bunch of CD's every week. Sometimes I will buy a digital download from Amazon. It has to be DRM free and at 256K. 128 isn't good enough. I still have about 200 hundred tapes, I'm sure most of them are shot. Should of copied the ones at least that I recorded myself as there are voices of me, my family and friends when we were kids. I probably won't be able to recover most of it, I have recovered some.

I mostly listen to the stuff I have ripped on my iPod or Sirius, though I mostly use Sirius for Howard and sports, I just can't hardly stand the SQ on Sirius anymore. Am I just high or did it sound better 3 or so years ago? So high quality rips and the occasional CD for me. If I really like it I still buy the CD. Gets ripped and the CD gets put away.

I've tried Pandora and Last FM but they just aren't all that convenient. iPod is much more portable.
 
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