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    Default Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    We all have different methods of acquiring our music and I was wondering if you personally prefer to own the actual CD or if owning the digital copy is enough. I personally prefer just the digital copy but there are two CDs that I could see myself purchasing the physical copy. Are there any factors that you consider when deciding whether you'd like the physical versus the digital or vice versa?
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Digital. You can access it anywhere.
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    A few years ago, I would have said a physical copy, but now I'd have say that a digital copy is preferred. I rarely buy music and I couldn't tell you when the last time I bought an actual music CD from a store.
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    For music I prefer digital as I find it much more convenient which is worth the trade off of losing some sound quality. The only time I'll go for physical if it's some sort of collectors item or if it's cheaper then iTunes.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical, I needs that quality.


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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical copy of course. Nothing like looking at the inlay while listening to the music. And the smell of a freshly opened cd...can't beat it. That bring said, I will then rip said cd to my computer for easy access. The driving force behind if I absolutely need the hard copy is if I have the band's whole catalog in cd already, I keep the collection going.


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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Digital...unless it's vinyl, but that is becoming harder and harder to find. I don't keep CD's, and actually went through ripping all of my CD's a few years ago and when completed, gave my whole collection away because they were just collecting dust.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Why choose when I can have both? Amazon MP3 it is. Storage is a nuisance but I would rather rip and manage my content on my own. If I can't get a physical copy of something though, iTunes is my preferred platform for buying it. Less work on my end. I enjoy having physical versions of the album art, liner notes, etc.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    A few years ago, I would have said a physical copy, but now I'd have say that a digital copy is preferred. I rarely buy music and I couldn't tell you when the last time I bought an actual music CD from a store.
    Exactly this ^^
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    I definitely prefer digital copies to CD's
    It's amazing how times have changed. It was a experience going into initially a local record store to buy LP's or 45's and then CD's at a mega Tower Records and the like.
    I miss that experience because it was a social experience for sure.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Digital, I copied all my CD's over to digital a few years ago and put them into my attic, to much of a pain to switch them out in today's world I guess.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Actually like having both.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    I prefer digital. I have enough clutter.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical CDs for me...I like building my collection of music.

    Actually just bought Cole Swindell's album from Target a few minutes ago.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical. I like having a physical copy for back up if my external fails
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Digital for me.
    All my old CD have been uploaded to Google Play Music
    Good Luck
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    Physical, that's the way I went for a good two decades and things will not change.

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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical for sure, digital download quality is lacking. Even a CD can get you varied sound quality depending on what DAC you are using to convert the signal to analog and digital is far from loss less.
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    Default Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Digital, music and photos. Times have changed. Less clutter, and digital is always there when you want it.
    I never really bought much music past or present.
    Anything I did have from years past is gone.
    If I do buy music, my preference is Amazon, and I have my MP3's exported to iTunes.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical. Although I've slacked in buying lately.

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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical, cuz that gives me both. I can rip the songs to the compressed digital format of my choice AND I can listen to uncompressed if I prefer.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical
    It's hard to get lossless through online stores.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    I still LOVE buying physical CDs. I miss the old school record (or music) stores, and now the best option seems to be Best Buy. I buy a lot on Amazon and get great deals.

    If it is just one song that I like from a band, etc., that I am not really into...then I will download a single song. But to me there is still nothing better than a physical copy with the album artwork. It reminds me of being a kid...opening the package and wondering what the label and band decided to include.
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    Physical. It's about the experience for me, and unless you're holding the case and looking at the liners while listening to the music it's just not the same.

    I do prefer vinyl but not enough artists release vinyls. So CD it is! It still contributes to the whole snobbish music experience.

    (I'm not a hipster I promise.)
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    Default Re: Which Do You Prefer: Physical Copy or Digital Album?

    I love both. I will buy a physical copy and then rip it to mp3 myself.
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