Ever since I was a teenager, music has always been very important for me, which is why I have so many CDs. Believe it or not, I've got about 1,200 CDs, 200 DVDs, and about 600 vinyl records. About 6 years ago, I stopped buying these. How do I live without them? Read on to find out more.
I actually stopped buying CDs and DVDs even longer ago. I still kept buying vinyl records because I was DJing techno music, and most people used vinyls. To start out with, you may wonder why. Well, just take a look at the first DVDs you bought. I have and I was sorely disappointed when I saw the quality compared to something more modern, like Blu-Ray disks and HD video. It really sucks to have to buy the same movie over again because your new monitor or HDTV shows you all of the faults of the old media.
One of the main reasons why I stopped buying CDs is the iPod. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an Apple fanboy, but the iPod has one of the largest storage capacities for music. I currently own an iPod Classic that I bought in 2008 that has 160GB of storage. It's 2010, and Apple has still not released a larger iPod. The fact of the matter is that I like having all of my music with me when I am out and about, and the iPod Classic was the only one on which almost all of it fit. Plus it came in a nice, sleek package.
While some people will buy individual songs off iTunes or Amazon, I'd rather buy complete albums from artists directly. Usually, you get high quality releases without any DRM issues. This means that you can do whatever you want with the music, like share it with your spouse on her iPod, or play it on multiple devices without any issues. A recent example of this is Trent Reznor's new outfit, How to Destroy Angels. For now, almost all of the songs on iTunes are available DRM-free. Amazon has got some too, but you'll have to make sure for each individual digital purchase.
Currently, if I buy any music, it's either in FLAC or lossless files, or vinyl records. There is something sumptuously analog about the vinyl sound that is hard to reproduce in digital formats. As for video media, using Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and iTunes will let you get digital video files without worrying about what the quality will be like in a few years.