I like to read through the little booklet that sometimes comes with them.
Me too. That's one of the things I look forward to every time I buy a CD. It's fun to read the lyrics, look at the pictures, read a few blurbs from the band and also to sniff that awesome booklet. :P
I very rarely buy music at all. I tend to just listen to free podcasts or, seeing as my work is pretty relaxed about that stuff, listen to music on last.fm or youtube
If I do buy anything it tends to be by D&B artists that I want to support, and when I do it's always digital.
I would never dream of purchasing music digitally, unless it was rare and in HIGH quality... and even then I would most likely just download it (wink wink) and send a donation directly to the artist. Generally speaking though, physical only. I used to buy a couple albums every week but the last year I've had to be more frugal. Hopefully I can pick back up soon.
Buy CD's and Vinyl, me. Only buy digital if its the only format available or if the price difference is huge between that and a physical copy.
Surprisingly I almost always find the CD to be the cheapest version, even with printing costs, case etc. Sometimes you'll get a digital copy for free when you purchase the release on CD or Vinyl, which is fucking brilliant and something more record labels should do.
Those Vinyl & CD bundles are great too, recently saw a brand new release in a bundle - 3x12" in a beautiful gate-fold cover along with the CD, all for just £20. Love it! Saves me a few bob as I do like to double dip sometimes.
No, music is one item where I agree that the clutter is unnecessary. I used to have hundreds of CDs, cassettes and record albums, but now I have one small drawer full. Everything else is on various hard drives. An Ipod is so much easier to keep than a box of CDs flipping all around the foot-space of my car.
I will only buy digital if that's my only option. I greatly prefer to own the physical disc, though. I have a pretty large and always-expanding CD collection that I take pride in. There's a special feeling and certain satisfaction you get when buying a CD that just isn't there when you download an album. I have a general disdain for digital distribution.
I stopped buying CDs like over 10 years ago, when I just ripped my whole collection and started pirating everything (I was a stupid kid) but then iTunes came to Canada in like 2005, so I started buying my music from there. Now I've gone even more backwards and have started buying vinyl copies of albums. Gets annoying though if I really like an album, I'll have bought it on iTunes on on vinyl.
Why would you buy something from an artist or genre you don't like? Weird poll. No option for me.
I use a music streaming service. Last CD I bought was Radiohead's latest album. If there's music I can't find on my music streaming service, I buy it digitally. I used to buy stuff from iTunes, but I have since realized that they suck. A lot of the bands I like allow you to buy digital downloads of their music from their sites, so I do that instead.