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Do You Buy More Music Now in the Age of Downloads?

You can tell by the way I use my walk that I am rocking; on my way to work, from work, and even while I'm working. Whether I buy new music, rip my old CDs, or whatever, one thing is clear: I listen to music more often than ever.

The digitalization of my daily life soundtrack has given me the access, and I take advantage. I always look for new bands and songs now, too, buying when I find something I like — because I've already been exposed to it, because of what I like to call "the age of downloads."

Disney has noticed its music sales rising as well, crediting teen and tween music consumption. But I think it's credited to everybody, and the access we have with digital music and downloads. What do you think?


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MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
Amen TheBunny! I wish I could purchase lossless files, but like you said, it is impractical. However, I'm a vinyl junkie, so I always hit up the record store. Sometimes I do buy downloads, if it is just a few songs not from my favorite artists.
sparklekitti sparklekitti 9 years
I'll buy the CDs of the artists I love or soundtracks I know I want, and then I'll be willing to take a risk on a single song or two by downloading. It's cheaper and easy. So in the end, I end up buying more than before.
chipjimi chipjimi 9 years
I buy the same amount of music as I had before although I prefer to download as I wouldn't have to store the cds.
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I definitely buy more, not because I get to pick and choose the songs, but because it's easier to impulse buy. Before, I would have to really want a cd and then get myself to the store and buy it, whereas now I'll walk out of the movies and want to listen to a song from it and just download it onto my ipod with the mall wifi.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i don't have the money anymore (since i am in university) to buy as CDs (even on sale they are often a lot more than mp3s), and since i am being exposed to a lot more music that i want, i do get a lot more music digitally. I don't have a CD player in my house apart from an old discman, but i do have an amazing yamaha sound system - so the supposedly low-quality mp3s sound pretty great! i do buy about 5 Cds every time i go to a folk festival (like i am this weekend) because those people are so small that their stuff isn't available online anywhere. i hardly think that digital music necessarily and always means it is mainstream. that logic really doesn't make sense to me
amerynn amerynn 9 years
I use a subscription service so I spend $15/month for my husband and I to use anything on the service. So technically, I spend the same money, but I'm leasing it instead of buying it.
calamari calamari 9 years
@TheBunny You might also want to check out Music Giants. The site lets you buy full uncompressed audio files.
TheBunny TheBunny 9 years
I buy the same amount of music that I've allotted myself ever since I had an allowance - 1 new CD or album per week. 2 if used and under $8 each. I do not purchase digital downloads because the 128bit compressed bull is barely CD quality anymore and I like to actually own the music I spend my money on. I'm an audiophile, and I can hear the difference with mp3s. It bothers me. A lot. Downloading WAV or lossless is just not practical, and not available on consumer levels. I feel that people are getting ripped off with the mp3 craze. Consider this: you don't actually own that music in a physical sense. You can back it up on your hard drives, but those don't last forever, and consumer grade CD-rs are not the same as the high quality CDs that you purchase your music on. They may last 5-8 years tops, if kept in a dark, cool room. 3 if you like to play it in your warm car. Then you have the hassle of having to make sure you back up all of that stuff for future re-burns. I have store bought CDs from the mid 80s that are still mint and have no signs of deterioration, and 2 year old CD-rs that are garbage now. However, I agree that the casual listener rarely misses the difference in quality, and most of the music they listen to ends up being radio singles. Individual downloads is huge for them instead of investing in the album for music they really love. I often forget that mine and the generations following are not album people. They want to hear the hits, right now, and only that. This is why mp3 players are so popular, despite the horrid sound most of them produce with cheap silica-damaging earbuds. Even those mini, easy to drop little hard drives that everyone totes around these days, be it Sandisk or iPod, eventually die. I've burnt through 3 iPods in 6 years. Those little darlings don't hold up very long, especially considering once the battery goes you're pretty SOL. This comment is in no way meant to offend anyone, and I hope that no one views it as such. Few people feel the way I do about the mp3 revolution (especially few 22 year olds), and I feel that something needs to be said to make consumers aware of what they're really spending their hard earned dollar on.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
I'm not a fan of music, but if there's a song I want, I'll illegally download it. I haven't done it in over a year, so I hope I don't get in trouble!
clucero8908 clucero8908 9 years
i download mostly but honestly I need to buy cd to fill up my ipod with good music that not everyone listens to, so i buy more than i ever did
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i'm about the same because i've always made tapes of my friends tapes or cds if i liked them. or i would download illegal music when that became popular. now, i copy music from my friends and download the songs i want. i buy a few animals every now and again. so, i'm about the same.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Yes. A few years ago (before I went the way of the iPod) I would often buy CD's however I would be careful as to what I bought since plenty of CD'S only have 1-3 songs I like. So I would make sure to listen to plenty of test samples. However now I can just buy the songs I like, which leads to a larger music collection.
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
BostonChick BostonChick 9 years
Knowing a couple musicians I should be careful with what I say. haha. Let's say I buy it when it's good!! And it's not like there is that much out there that's good now-a-days. So when I find it, I buy it and support. :)
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
No matter what, I still like buying the full cd. usually the radio song is nothing compared to the rest of an album. I heart music too much to just scatter a few hits into my iPod.
JaeB JaeB 9 years
I'm huge on music, but I buy MUCH less now, partially because of the industry often is a whole album really that good these days? It's a lot easier for me to "preview" or even listen to whole tracks of whole records on online radio, so I know exactly what I want and exactly what I don't. And that equals a whole lot of saved cash. I think that has made me pickier about music, too. ....Which helps me spend less even though the digital age has sat the whole world of major record label music on my desk! If I weren't as picky, I'd go crazy wanting to buy every track out there....
Foxy-Frazee Foxy-Frazee 9 years
My husband is a DJ and most of the time I get my music from him but other than that I get my music and podcasts from Apple.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I buy less albums and more singles but my music collection keeps on growing. I like that I have the a la carte option with albums.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I buy more because before when having to purchase a whole album or cd just for 1 or 2 songs that I liked never seemed worth it to me so I didn't do it. Now, I can pick and choose the songs I want to buy.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
More. But I think it has to do with the fact that I have my own income now instead of waiting for gift cards and other means of acquiring music.
Da-Ly Da-Ly 9 years
On average, I buy less. I used to pick up full albums, now I pick up only a few tracks.
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