I recently bought the 2009 "The Beatles in Mono" box set. I have bought all my music on itunes over the years, but this was a special set I wanted to own. After owning it though, I realized that I just imported the disks 1 by 1 and then didn't bother with the CD's again. Now, I am sure that some people use the CD's in their car to listen to music and if I have a car with a CD player ( mine only has a tape deck ) then I may listen to CD's more. But my point is that I realized all the music I bought over the years is digital and was wondering if anyone else out there is buying CD's or, in the music world, has everyone pretty much went digital a long time ago and never looked back? ( At least outside the cases of special editions or so on )
I love having some collectors sets and limited editions sets of bands I love. I am a huge Beatles fan and their "Mono Box Set" was a great investment to me. As the mono remasters are only available in the set and the care and attention to detail in the set was some special and worth owning for me. Other than these small exceptions, I just can't find it too beneficial for me to buy CD's when they are barely even used. Digital has become too convenient.
I buy vinyls and cds, i have a sweet Marantz set-up at home, listening to music is important enough to me that the lower res of mp3s is a negative, as is the hum of a computer in the background, plus i've had more than one drive go down on me before and lost a ton of tunes because of it, whereas i still have all the records i bought as a kid in the 80s, i use digitized FLACs on my pod, and i download mp3s to try new stuff out, but i never buy digital, if i like something i buy a hard copy and add it to the collection.
I don't buy very many songs anyway (usually if I do, they are one song that I happen to like by a specific artist or it's by a singer from Youtube and so digital distribution is usually the only avenue anyway). However, if there is an artist I know I like or I want the album of, I will usually get the physical copy so then I can share it with people (usually my sister).
I buy many more OSTs for videogames though. My usual reason for pre-ordering a collectors edition is to get the soundtrack. In these cases, I just get them in whatever state I can get them (again, I usually prefer to get a CD so that I don't feel bad sharing it with my sister but I don't usually mind). But in general, I still usually buy them from iTunes anyway (this way I can pick specific songs that I really like) as well as at least knowing that some of the money I am paying will at least go to the artist (or just someone who may see it and think "maybe we should get them to make more music for us") this usually comes into play when it is dealing with music from years back where I am unsure even a new CD on Amazon will give them any money (such as old FF music).
I just bought a CD a few hours ago hehe. Usually, if I want to listen to a song, I can just use Youtube but when I do decide to buy music I like getting physical copies of it. Even if I DO just convert it and put it on my mp3 player. Kind of sucks that some OSTs come only in digital format. I'd like a CD for all of my favorite OSTs but it's understandable that sometimes they just can't release physical copies and that digital is just easier to sell.
I've maybe bought 5 cd's in the past 5 years (3 of them from the same artist). most of it i just get digitally although i am getting more disappointed in stuff that is less than 320kbps. Then again alot of the music i've been buying recently is foreign anyways so it costs too much to get the cd compared to the digital version.