I torrent most of my music. But I want to start buying music since I understand that it's important to support the artists that I like.
So I see my options as A) MP3s, B) CDs, C) LPs.
Benefits of A: Reduce physical waste.
Benefits of B: I don't really see any.
Benefits of C: Encourages listening to albums in their entirety. Makes music more of a special experience (perhaps?) due to the physical process of putting on a record in comparison to double-clicking on my computer screen.
My problem with A: They are the exact same as torrents, with an inferior model of distribution.
My problem with B: They are functionally the exact same as torrents. It's true I get a physical object, but the CD will never see any actual use.
My problem with C: Common Head-fi opinion seems to say that a vinyl set up sounds worse than digital unless you're dropping several hundred, which I am unwilling to do. I'm not even that picky about sound quality (seems crazy since I'm a member of Head-fi), but it seems foolish to spend money on an inferior experience.
What do you guys think about this? What format would you choose?
What about used music? The money does not go directly to the artist, but they help keep record stores in business. I imagine keeping record stores in business is generally beneficial for artists. But still, I imagine artists would prefer if they directly got money for their work. Do you guys have any moral uncertainty about buying used music?
I've been thinking about these questions for a while, but these articles on Tiny Mix Tapes by Chris Ruen have caused me to think more carefully about them:
Theyre both good reads.
Edited by Calexico - 4/2/13 at 7:47pm