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out of interest. i borrow cds from the library and rip them onto my pc.
I also illegally obtain music. Usually by searching on filestube or googling the album with ".rar" or something after the title.
just go on http://www.filestube.to/ and fill your boots.
i tend to buy it. from amazon or hmv or a record shop. illegally downloading it kinda seems illegal.
i need to man-up and get on it.
I get any rare / osbcure finds from blogs or soulseek, or anything of mine that I can't be bothered to rip.
- buying in record shops (second hand and new)
- buying on the line (2nd hand and new)
- stealing from unsuspecting old women
- illegally downloading
- streaming from a variety of services
depends on my mood/the album/the price/the circumstance. All the ways!
surrounded by beautiful women
Then I queue up for seven hours to pay £30 for a vinyl album of demos and studio off cuts
to myself as I disagree with the idea of 'owning' music on principle. Lately I've realised that I can't really expect others to agree with me and that artists that expect me to pay to listen to their records aren't making music for the reasons I want them to anyway. So now, I almost exclusively download music that's available for free, legally. However, there are certain artists that I'd already fallen in love with prior to this decision. In their case, I still download their stuff illegally (whilst feeling pretty iffy about the whole sorry business). I'm sure I'll do something to sate my conscience at some point, even if I have no idea how.
or discogs/boomkat/normanrecords/amazon occasionally
or if just digitally released I tend to buy from bandcamp. Will stream or download illegally because i like to listen to a lot of new music and a big part of the music high for me is in finding the diamonds in the haystack, but if i like it (as in want to listen to it more than 3 or 4 times) i'll buy it.
Either from Boomkat, Rough Trade, Resident, Rise, Norman records, Piccadilly or Bleep (if I'm feeling adventurous).
Boomkat or Norman Records are usually the cheapest for vinyl.
and maybe once every six weeks or so from an actual shop. Or if it's on bandcamp I'll get it from there.
mail-order via Boomkat/Juno/Sounds Of The Universe/Norman
by that i mean i knock on their door and ask for a copy of the record that i wish to obtain.
Online, record stores, illegally.
I've taken a stand against Rough Trade though. I'll never give those cunts my money ever again. They completely rip their customer off.
It's still awesome, still has everything the world has to offer, still fast, still simple and uncluttered, and still satisfyingly far enough 'under the radar' that I don't worry about getting caught.
Used to buy CDs regularly, then realised how little I listen to the things. I still buy CDs if I can't find a 320kbs rip anywhere, or if it's a pre-order with cool stuff.
ps I still hate sean for removing the links I posted to the Yeezus leak ;)
Do you by any change have an invite for Mutracker where you want to get rid off?
Still buy a fair few CDs online, but increasingly I'm finding great stuff via Twitter and Bandcamp. Plus we have a large CD library at work, so that gets raided & ripped pretty regularly.
which is a private bit torrent site, it basically has everything. So much so it is difficult to actually get a decent ratio as it will have every version of every release I own in every MP3 type, flac etc etc. That is where I get new releases, stuff I have heard good reviews of etc. Then stuff I like gets bought via Amazon, Ebay, Norman Records or direct from the label / band at shows. I barely get time to go record shopping but Bristol has a few places I go to, second hand or new. I kind of feel bad that I get so much illegally but I justify it in that I buy more now than I did before I did try-before-you-buy and I do genuinely get stuff I do like. I missed out on so much older stuff that I happened to miss as they weren't on the radio or found through random reviews or recommendations. I never buy duds any more.
...but has anyone gotten rid of their physical music collection and regretted it afterwards? CDs as opposed to vinyl.
I have 100s and 100s of CDs knocking around and I haven't even owned a CD player in years. Thinking of flogging them all to free up some shelf space, but feel quite attached to them for some reason.
But having said that, I've already done a minor cull using Music Magpie and did OK.
Interestingly, if their iPhone scanning app values the CD at more than a couple of quid, it's worth looking at what they go for on Discogs. I gave Music Magpie a few carriers bags full and got about £50, but managed to make way more than that selling about 10 on Discogs (sold that Danger Mouse Grey Album for £30!). Apparently some people still collect CDs quite fanatically.
I lugged around three massive boxes of CDs and thought 'I should get rid of these' as they haven't moved out of the boxes in all that time. I'll probably still have them when I move to the retirement home.
Complete waste of time.
all the saleable ones anyway. I found the ones that I had some sentimental attachment to were too fucked to sell anyway. This was about 4 years ago, some would get a couple of quid, some even got close to a tenner (very good nick, recent releases, mugs on amazon marketplace or buy it now) but a huge number only got about 99p each maximum on Ebay, or I sold them to a second hand shop. I don't regret it at all as I have everything plus more than I ever need on mp3 and got hold of loads of stuff on vinyl to replace it with the money. The idea being partly that it would keep its value a bit more.
I ripped them all over the course of several months, but increasingly finding that I listen to those albums on Spotify so even the MP3s are just clogging up HD space.
but can imagine using it in future. Even then I like the idea of keeping an mp3 catalogue, I have good v0/320 rips of everything I owned, plus entire discographies of all the artists I can think of, plus anything I hear about in passing or a review gets a download for future listening. This is all on my (very full) hard drive and I have a backup on an external hard drive also. Then it is safe, takes up no physical space and is there for good.
if i like it a lot i buy it on vinyl from the label or at the show
50/50 split a Spotify subscription with my bird.
This covers 90% of my listening. Although I do stream off Grooveshark at work, usually pre-listening to albums before they're out or if I'm too skint to buy them that month. Sometimes illegally download off Soulseek or summat if the record's hard to come by...
I'd say 80% of my music is directly purchased in CD form. Which is probably consistent throughout my lifetime - whereby previously I'd burn CDs off mates or my old man or whatever I now just listen/nab online.
Not perfect, but better than most it seems...
I buy all my records, you need to if you want to keep the record industry alive!