Is it time to give up CD’s?

I have been buying CD’s for oooh about 15 years now. I remember the first one I bought – The Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. I remember the first tape I bought, Quincy Jones and Baby Face and Tamia – Slow Jams, the single. Yep, I used to buy tape singles, because $5 was all I had in my hand. And I bought CD singles too when I found tapes didn’t last as long. However, reading an article on copyright by Consumer.org.nz – http://www.consumer.org.nz/reports/copyright-law is making me think perhaps it’s time to move on from CD’s.

At what point do you move on to the latest format? When your existing format no longer serves your needs? I don’t have that many needs when it comes to what format my music is in.

I don’t download music, I don’t download movies. I don’t copy music, I don’t copy movies. I don’t electronically share music (ok I do share songs sort of, I’ve been on blip.fm for a couple of years) and I don’t electronically share movies.

I just need to be able to play music at home, which is currently on a PC setup, and in the car via CD’s.  And occasionally on my ipod which doesn’t really get much use anymore unfortunately.

What are your thoughts on copyright, music and formats? It’s a topic of conversation that intrigues me.

What format of music do you mostly listen to? I’m interested to know.

1 thought on “Is it time to give up CD’s?”

  1. I have cassettes, cassingles, CD singles and CDs at home, none of which I really listen to anymore! I keep them not so much as a repository of music, but as a cache of memories.
    I listen to mixed CDs in the car, but the way I listen to music at home is from the PC on iTunes, or on my iPod to and from work. Most of what is on iTunes has been ripped from the home collection, which is pretty massive (husband is a musician), with a bit downloaded from iTunes and other sites. We don’t download movies, as we prefer DVDs and watching them on a bigger screen than the PC :).
    I think that as music and movies have become available as data that is easily transferrable, their intrinsic value has diminshed in the eyes of the users. Technological innovations have moved faster than the law, so there is always a legally grey area in which people now operate when it comes to downloading music and movies (and tv shows).
    Books seem to be a different matter, with e-books becoming mired in digital rights management, licensing agreements which seem to overrule copyright law.
    Keep on buying music in whatever format suits your lifestyle. Hold on to the old formats, if only as a conversation piece to show little people how you used to listen to music:).

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