I still like my old CDs better; how about you?

Area audiophiles discuss their favorite music recording formats

Posted 8/16/22

I still buy CDs as there is something tangible about their ownership...

This story requires a subscription for $5.99/month.

Already have an account? Log in to continue.

Current print subscribers can create a free account by clicking here.

Otherwise, click here to subscribe.

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe. The five stories do not include our exclusive content written by our journalists.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, digital subscribers will receive unlimited access to YourValley.net, including exclusive content from our newsroom and access to our Daily Independent e-edition.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor

I still like my old CDs better; how about you?

Area audiophiles discuss their favorite music recording formats


I still buy CDs as there is something tangible about their ownership. Perhaps I’m old fashioned but downloading and streaming does not have the same je ne sais quoi. What say you?Rick Bellars


Cut off

I still buy so I can own and pass on to my kids (my daughter already has dibs on my vinyl). Streaming is also a pain when you live in an area with poor mobile signal, which cuts out on a regular basis. Chris Keeley



I always buy CDs and vinyl. I from day one be it on cassette or USB always like to make my own compilations. One thing about CDs is that it is unlikely one will have problems with scratch or popping sounds that sometimes occur with vinyl. I do love vinyl obviously for the cover art.Martin Devlin



I still buy CDs and will as long as they’re offered. If it’s a “download only product” I always burn it to CD and make a cover of sorts as well. I want to be able to reach out and touch my music, hold it in my hands and read the info attached. That “cloud” business may vanish into thin air. CDs on a shelf ain’t going anywhere. About the only vinyl I buy these days is something unusual. Unreleased material, colored, etc. And even then I’ll do my best to find it on CD also, or burn my own CD of it, if it’s something I’ll want to listen to repeatedly.Bobby Neal



CDs are uncompressed and have better quality than streamed audio. Even better are DVD audio and SACD. I still buy discs.Michelle St. Sauveur


One offs

I do not care for downloads because mp3s cut out the highs and lows and are not as clear overall. There have even been artists I have passed over because they did not release a CD. However, I will download single songs if I like a song but not the whole album. For instance, I wanted the song “Runnin on Empty” the other day, but not interested in anything else by Jackson Browne. Rick E. France



I buy CDs. I like having the real product. Plus the liner notes can be interesting. From what I’ve heard artists get paid poorly by the streaming services. I prefer to support the artists.Bill Eichelberger


Sail on

Depends. I currently use Spotify, I‘ll also buy albums on Bandcamp or other websites, as well as the occasional vinyl for nostalgic reasons. Will never buy CDs again, that ship sailed 20 years ago.Michael Böiers


Too pricey

I have nearly the whole discography of Pink Floyd mainly for collector/aesthetic reasons (and the sound quality is pretty good, too), but most of the time I’m using Spotify. Collecting CDs and vinyl surely can be fun and sometimes I like to do it, but it’s more expensive than streaming platforms.Gabry Korecki



I’m with you. I need to acquire a few players before I can’t. I still love vinyl! I shop selectively and don’t pay too much for anything.Jamie Sykes