You said, "however i do own a few Vinyl LP's where i bought the CD version....". I have also re-bought CD versions of some of my vinyl collection.
However, my current digital album collection got a kick-start when Amazon made most of the CDs I bought over the years available as digital downloads. I now, whenever possible, only buy digital downloads, I find that CDs are (dare I say it) cumbersome and just don't bother with them anymore.
Enough of my ramblings
Catch you later.
To be honest i haven't purchased a new CD for at least 6 to 7 years now, where i tend to use Spotify for any albums that i don't own
Where my travel time nowadays in the car is pretty short and i mainly listen to the local Radio or play CD'S from my existing music library where i got plenty of choice.
I dread to think how much money i have spent on Vinyl and CD'S over the years (not complaining though)
You said, "I dread to think how much money i have spent on Vinyl and CD'S over the years", yeah, me too and I'm still spending.
You know, my maths ain't that good but I've worked out that I've owned that Barry White album, in one form or another, for 44 years now and I find it hard to believe.
I'm right, I just used a calculator to verify that I've owned a record for 44 years, I can't wrap my head around it.
@AndyAny idea how many photos or data capacity you can have saved in our profile My Photo section or is there no limit?
@schnapps There will be a limit but I don't know what it is. However looking at how many photos I have saved I wouldn't worry about hitting the limit anytime soon!
@ukbobboy I don't rebuy albums myself as all my music is Spotify now.
My dad on the other hand has thousands of CD's/Vinyl.
He is crazy for Alice In Chains (which he has gotten me into as well ) and must have all of the albums plus greatest hits albums. Even though he owns all the songs anyway, why go for the greatest hits album? He is a huge Rock fan.
Whatever he buys goes automatically on to my Amazon music anyway so no big deal really.
My uncle has recently sent over my dad's records from Australia to play on this.
My mum bought it for him for his birthday and hooked it up to the amp. This is how I have discovered Vinyl. I didn't understand how it worked to be honest. I must have asked him some stupid questions like,
He played some U2 on it the other day. It kept jumping though so not a very good impression haha. It would jump during "With or without you" which I adore that song.
First, I have a confession to make, and that is I have never used Spotify and only have a vague idea of how it works, i.e. I guess you can store and access your favourite "sounds" from it.
OK, as for your Dad, I know where he's coming from when he buys the greatest hits of songs he already has on different albums, and I think those reasons are:
1) It puts all the hit songs in one place, and that is enjoyable in itself.
2) Greatest hits albums have the 7 inch (single) versions of the songs and, as they are mixed/engineered slightly differently, they had a different sound to the album versions.
3) Continued support for his favourite muscians.
Asked your Dad if he has bought the 12 inch 45rpm version of his favourite songs because they, like single and album versions, again have a different sound.
Back in the day, I used to buy 12 inch version of songs I had on albums but I was not a fan of 7 inch records, and so only had a handful and perhaps only three or four greatest hits albums, because they were mainly mixed to sound "good" on the radio (and even portable radios with dying batteries).
As for re-buying albums, well, vinyl are subject to wear, no matter how well you treat them, while today's media does not suffer from that affliction, and so you only need to buy a recording once.
Still, it does not matter how you consume your music just as long as you enjoy it.
PS. I like a beer with my music.
I can't believe you haven't tried Spotify before, its a fantastic streaming service for music where they have supposedly up to 30 million tracks to choose from where most tastes in music are covered in their catalogue library.
Was using the £10 per month Premium subscription with my Squeeze Boxes connected to my HiFi's around the house where the sound quality matches CD in my opinion (320kbps Orb).
They also offer a family members subscription i think it's 5 or maybe 6 family members on the same subscription for £15 per month.
Recently, i have ditched the Premium subscription to save me £10 a month and use the free version which has adverts and the streaming quality is reduced to 160kbps which still sounds pretty good for causal listening if you ask me.
If you go with the free Spotify and want to play the music through your HiFi instead on your mobile IOS, Android or Windows Device / PC then you can either Bluetooth the music across or what i have done is purchased some Chromecast to cast the music (Video version not the Audio version which won't play the free Spotify) connected to a HDMI to Audio extractor where you can either run a pair of RCA phono cables into your amp or run a digital optical cable to a Digital to Analogue DAC which is what i have done in my HiFi setup.
Sounds pretty good to me, also the beauty with Spotify free is you can listen to new artists or bands and if you really like the album you can then always buy it if you wished on Vinyl or CD etc from our Retailers / Shops.
Forgot to mention in my previous post, that Spotify offers a free 30 day trial of their Premium service where you can use the Spotify app on a wider range of devices which is advert free and you can jump tracks without any restriction (just make sure you cancel before the trial ends otherwise it £9.99 a month).
Or perhaps stick with the free version with the adverts and limited amount of track skips using a PC or mobile device.
Also when you are on the free version sometimes Spotify will offer deals for 3 months Premium subscription for 99p (again make sure you cancel before the end of the deal offer).
I have been using Spotify for a few years now (ever since it came to the UK) and haven't bought a CD since.
If you do check it out, you may be surprised how much music choice is in their content library and if you can stream the music to some outboard PC or HiFi speakers rather than relying on the inbuilt speakers on smart phones, tablets etc you might be surprised how good the music sounds