Originally Posted by Avistew
I wanted to buy songs by artists I like. Digitally, because I'm avoiding CDs, they're hard to carry around and really I only use them for a minute, the time it takes to extract them so it seems like a waste of a CD, shipping, etc.
Heh, you and I have very different ways of thinking. I personally love CD's; love the particular format. But I absolutely hate the whole idea of digital music, I consider iTunes evil
With CD's, there's so much more enjoyment and satisfaction to be had as opposed to just buying the music files. For me, having the physical product just feels so much better. I constantly hear people on this forum talk about 'putting the latest game in a series next to the other boxes on their shelf', because they enjoy having the physical product; having something that they can look at and feel. I feel the same way about CD's, I want to not only be able to listen to the music, but I also want to look at the cover artwork for minutes on end, I want to read the lyrics on the inside of the booklet, I want to be able scour through the personnel, photos and additional artwork that may be scattered throughout the booklet, and I want to be able to put a CD up on my shelf next to the rest of my collection after listening to it.
Digital music just doesn't have the same feeling about it, all you get is the music files. I know the music and the audio is the main thing that matters when you buy the product, but having the physical product is just a better experience overall. Yes, digital music is convenient as you can get music within minutes without leaving your computer chair, and yes, it may be cheaper at times (not always), but convenience and money are things that I am more than willing to sacrifice in order to have the physical product. I don't mind if I have to leave my home to purchase music, in fact, I would actually prefer to go out to a CD shop and browse through the music in there, buy the CD that I want, and then make a transaction with another human being, then come home and put the brand new album into the stereo. It feels more real, it doesn't feel virtual. I enjoy CD shops, I like being able to search around in the many other CD's in order to find what I'm looking for, it can lead to other discoveries. This doesn't happen as much with digital purchasing.
Many people feel the same way with books, they like the look, the feel, the smell, and not just the text inside. They like to go to book shops, and search for what they're looking for. That's because it's physical and it's real. It's a better experience than reading books or magazine articles online. I feel this way about many things; not just CD's, but movies, magazines, books, games among other things. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way, I know that many other people would much rather have physical items. This is why so many people were requesting the Voodoo Cards from 'Tales of Monkey Island' to be released on actual card for purchase. Of course, we had images of the Voodoo Cards online, but what were those compared to the real thing? Having the real thing/s means that you own a collector's item, having the digital version means that you don't have a collector's item; you have a virtual copy that will always be available through the net and will never become obsolete. I guess this is half the reason why a CD collection is much more impressive than a music library on you computer (and, also, what happens if your entire music collection is on your computer, and it suddenly crashes?).
As, for the 'hard to carry around' thing, you don't actually have to carry them around, you can extract them (as you said, Avistew) and have a digital alternative which you can then put onto your iPod. And I don't see how the extraction is any slower than downoading the music (legally). Also, with this method, you have a physical backup for your digital music, and a digital backup for your physical music. The fact is that there are benefits to having CD's, more-so [I think] than having a digital music collection. I know that many individuals prefer buying digital music (for reasons already mentioned), and I have no objection to those people who prefer to purchase their music this way; it is entirely up to them. However, I do fear that, with a higher percentage of people buying digital music online, that fewer and fewer artists and bands will choose to even bother releasing physical versions of their albums. This isn't something that I want to happen, I want to be able to buy my favourite bands music off of racks and stands, and not off of the net. I don't want CD shops and physical music distribution to die on account of digital music (not a probability, but a possibility). I enjoy physical music too much, I like the days when a major artist releases their new album and hundreds rush out to buy it on the first day. Those days are great, and that's another thing that I wouldn't want to lose.
Anyway, I realize that I may be going overboard here, so I won't ramble on any further, but I do know that I am one of many who feels this way about music and it method of distribution. Just in case anybody gets the notion that I'm attacking and criticizing the way that they buy their music, let me assure you that I am not, I'm just putting forward my personal opinion.
And, Avistew, don't worry, this whole post wasn't entirely targeted at your post, but it was targeted at the topic in general.
And, to the rest of you, sorry if this is slightly off topic.