I’m an old school gal, most people already figure that out the moment they meet me. In the digital world where you can easily read books off of a kindle, you can rent and stream movies and TV shows on Netflix or Hulu, and you can download digital music files or stream it on Spotify, amidst it all, here I am enjoying physical media.
I love reading physical books, having DVD box sets of movies and series, and I love to listen to music on CDs.
Don’t get me wrong, I still buy music digitally from time to time, but if it’s a band I really love, I go physical. People tell me that streaming/digital is more convenient, but as I have said before numerous times, I care more about ownership, quality, and security than convenience.
So, why do I love CD’s despite their lack of popularity?
My collection isn’t that large compared to others because I’m very selective with what I add to it. Some bands I don’t have all of their discography like Megadeth for instance, I bought one of their albums and disliked it so I sold it.
Although vinyls are making a comeback, I prefer CDs because they’re cheaper and easier to store. Plus I love the little slide-out booklet that contains any art, lyrics, promotional photos and thank you notes from the band members. The latter makes me feel like the band appreciates that I bought the album rather than streamed it.
Of course there are disadvantages such as taking up storage space. I want to be able to take my collection with me when I move out of my parent’s home one day, so that’s another reason why I am selective with what I add and sometimes I even remove what I don’t listen to anymore. Then there’s also the matter of plastic waste so. Say I didn’t want a CD anymore it’s not really a reusable thing! If there were CDs I didn’t want anymore, I would end up giving them to charity or trying to sell them on eBay.
I also see music as a work of art rather than just something to listen to while eating or commuting. I like to really take in the sound in all its forms: melody, bass, riffs, vocals, beat, etc. If that’s not passive listening that streaming provides, then I don’t know what to call it.
The other great thing about my CDs is they tell a personal story of my expanding music taste. It has evolved from pop only to pop along with rock, metal, and other genres. I always enjoy going through my collection to pick something to listen to. Sure, it’s not as convenient as scrolling through Spotify and instantly accessible, but I honestly don’t mind doing extra tasks that take a few seconds to access my collection.
The last great thing about physical music is you can listen without any disruptions. When you stream, there’s always the risk of the servers going down and most streaming services require an Internet connection. What are you going to do if the Internet is down for whatever the reason? The other issue is a big one for me, licensing. Spotify cannot license every song that has ever existed. Sometimes songs, albums, and even entire artists either get pulled from streaming or just don’t want it to be there. So in that case, I’d be screwed. The ultimate solution to have access to my music at all times without any disruptions is to buy it.
That way, the music is mine forever and nobody can come between me and my music. Music is like art to me and plus I love to support my favourite bands by buying as it ensures my money goes directly to them. If I were to talk to any band member of any band, they would likely share with me how much they appreciate fans supporting them directly.
Don’t even get me started on Spotify’s tiny income they give artists.
When I tell people that streaming isn’t the ultimate bulletproof solution to preserve your music cause of the issues above, nobody takes into account that none of these issues would be present if you just bought the music, they just instead choose to mope about it.
Oh well, I guess I’ll just be the last one standing who likes to own their music.