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CD Singles Going the Way of the Dino's at Woolworths...Finally

When Was the Last Time You Bought a CD Single?

With so many ways that you can buy and download songs online, it seems like forever ago that I bought music in an actual store! So when Woolworths – a popular UK chain of stores – announced that they will soon halt the sale of CD singles, it got me thinking back to the last time I bought one.

I fondly remember rushing to my local Wherehouse music store, snatching up my copy of NKOTB's "Dirty Dawg" and wore it out like it was the last single on earth. They were so ahead of their time with that one, no? And yes, in case you were wondering — I'm totally holding my breath for reunion tour tickets to go on sale. Anyway, moving on. . .

When was the last time you bought a real life CD single? You know, the kind that comes on a disc? And more importantly, do you remember what it was?

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beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
hmm...maybe 2003? i'm sure it was a Tori Amos single, as i used to buy all of them.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
I think I was in college 10+ years ago. I just aged myself.
evalution evalution 7 years
I recently went to see Bon Iver at a small venue. I purchased their CD at the show and had Jason Vernon autograph it. He sincerely thanked me for buying the CD. I looked around and not may people were buying CD's. I realize at that moment most of us download, be it legally or illegally. I felt a little old fashion holding it, but there's nothing like having the booklet with the liner notes and lyrics. I'll have to say, I'm a little sad to hear the Woolworths news.
evalution evalution 7 years
I recently went to see Bon Iver at a small venue. I purchased their CD at the show and had Jason Vernon autograph it. He sincerely thanked me for buying the CD. I looked around and not may people were buying CD's. I realize at that moment most of us download, be it legally or illegally. I felt a little old fashion holding it, but there nothing like having the booklet with the liner notes and lyrics. I'll have to say, I'm a little sad to hear the Woolworths news.
jennacyde jennacyde 7 years
GreySadlerFan- me too. They last one I bought was a cassette and I'm pretty sure it was BonJovi. Ouch.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
Do EPs and demos count as singles? Cause I have tons of those. I buy a lot of underground stuff. I have some singles & EPs in vinyl as well.
northofantastic northofantastic 7 years
It was in the last 10 years, but don't ask me to remember what the hell it was. LOL.
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 7 years
tlight, same as me!! Hit Me Baby One More Time by Britney! There was also a bonus song on it that came with the single. Summer Love i think was the name??
inertia inertia 7 years
The last time I bought a CD single was in March. It was a real CD with a jacket, not a digital version. I buy them often because I'm a fan of indie bands. My favorite artists are so small-time they know my name. They can't afford to release only one album every year or two. They put out singles every few months, and I buy them happily even though I know the songs are probably going to end up on the full album next year.
tototee tototee 7 years
I always buy CD albums but never the single... I got a few novelty ones years ago but now I'd just download them... I've never brought an album off itunes though... It's just a waste of money... cause if you ever stop using ipods your music won't work on other mp3 players.. and if your hard drive fails there's a chance you could loose it all!
CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 7 years
When Napster popularized MP3's back in the late 90's, I think that signaled the beginning of the end for hard copy singles. Since then much has been made of the $.99 download. Add in instant gratification 24/7 to download virtually any song you want on a whim, and you have a sweeping cultural change in how we get our music. I personally can't even tell you when the last time I bought a hard copy of any single or album. I will say though, that musicians have a right to control how their music is distributed. I wish iTunes would be more musician friendly on deciding how the music is to be delivered.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 7 years
Hey Lovely_1, you realize that you can still support artists by buying digital music, right? I'm pretty sure that they get the same amount of money, if not more, for online record sales. When I was buying CDs, I'd buy the whole album. I'm not much of a fan of singles, although I do have some dusty Pearl Jam imports somewhere...
patrice0x0x patrice0x0x 7 years
I bought Ashlee Simpson's single a couple months ago because she was signing autographs at the Wal-Mart, so I bought the single so I would have something for her to sign. Other than that, I don't think I've ever bought a CD Single.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
Like a week and a half ago :) For my boyfriend as a present. We always buy CD's (we have about 150) because we like supporting the artist.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
i've gotten tons of these things at concerts and festivals when wannabes are out hocking there goods. but i've never bought a cd single. but i did buy single tapes. they were like 99 cents and i would snatch those up if i really liked them.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 7 years
I didn't buy it, but got a Franz Ferdinand single while I was at a concert right before they blew up with take me out
rachelspark rachelspark 7 years
I think the last physical single I bought (I buy them on itunes now if I really want them) was the "God" Ep by Tori Amos, either my freshman or sophomore year of high school.
tlight tlight 7 years
Ok.. this is embarassing.. but it was Britney Spears' Baby one more time.. in what.. 1996?
melanie-RN melanie-RN 7 years
Oh geez, probably a Boyz II Men one. Or maybe Celine Dion or something.
nikki_ nikki_ 7 years
I'm kinda old school with this kind of thing. I download a lot from iTunes, almost everything in my iTunes library is from there but if there's an album or single that I really, really, really, really adore, I buy the physical version, just to keep as a momento or something to that effect.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 7 years
youth group - forever young
codewhiz codewhiz 7 years
"Black and White Town" by The Doves in '06.
Schmange Schmange 7 years
Only one I ever got was a free demo of Aerosmith - 'Dude, looks like a lady' back in the early 90's. Still haven't opened it yet.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I remember buying a savage garden import a while back at this huge virgin megastore.
devils devils 7 years
I rarely bought singles. I'd rather just have the actual album. Which I do buy....I buys CDs all the time still. The couple of odd times I DID buy an actual CD single, was because they are my favorite band and I collect their stuff.
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