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Yeah, that’s right.  I still buy CDs.

Compact discs; remember those?  little round things that play music.  Smaller than a record.  What, you don’t know what records are?

Here, let me wiki that for you:

CDs |  records

Alright, so everyone knows what I’m talking about?  Good, let’s continue.

Where was I?  Oh yeah.  I still buy CDs.  Maybe I’m old skool (okay, there’s not really any ‘maybe’ about it).  I just prefer spending my money on physical media and not just because I got burned once or twice.  I prefer the security and portability of a CD.  I rip them to the computer for back up and to play on portable devices, but I don’t have to worry about computer crashes or what room or whose device I listen on.  I can hold it in my hands and see and feel what I paid for.  I can see the artwork and read the liner notes.  I don’t have to worry about licenses expiring or servers being down when I want to listen to it.

Having said that, I’m not completely against online downloads; I have purchased a few songs in the past and downloaded free ones (like Smashing Pumpkins latest EP or their Machina II album).  But nothing beats holding the case in my hands while listening to the album for the first time.

And now that I have a new record player, you can bet I’ll be buying more of those, too.

What about you?  Do you still buy CDs or are you dependent on your iTunes library?

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