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What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 19:01
by poppyheads
or What format do you usually buy music on?

for me, it's digital for the most part, just because it's like easier than going out and seeking out physical copies, or waiting for your package after ordering it online. Though, I would love to increase my vinyl collection. Maybe when I get a job.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 23:06
by linus
I have to admit I've become 'one of those people' who is disappointed when I buy a single or an lp or a tape and there is no download code... it's purely because I listen to most music on my mp3 player or laptop, it's not my preferred means of listening but it's how I listen to music most... if it came to it, I'd still rather have the physical format over the digital

also, if I couldn't decide between this single or that single, a download code included in one rather than the other might, just might, swing it

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 07:54
by Yex
Similar to the above, my default means of listening is digital, and I enjoy having digital copies of things for ease (and so that I can scrobble on last.fm). On a more substantial level though, I really love the whole experience of listening to music on vinyl: the spin of the record, that little sound when you put the needle down, and so forth.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:17
by Tomb
Mainly lossless digital for me from the likes of Bandcamp and Boomkat with the odd 7" single thrown in for good measure.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:34
by Trev
I buy 90% vinyl (with D/L).

I listen via Sonos (digital) and MP3 player as well as the trusty old record player.

I also play tapes having acquired over 100 in the last few years.

So buying preference is:

Vinyl, D/L, Tape, CD.

Although I rarely buy D/Ls on their own. I used to, when emusic was half decent.

Listening wise:

D/L, vinyl, tape. I never play CDs other than to rip them after first buying.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 13:46
by malaise
I would never pay for a non-physical format, but I listen to downloads pretty often anyway.

Buying preferences are vinyl, cassette, CD. I like tapes and records the best, but I'll buy whatever is available.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 14:38
by fika_recordings
I rarely buy anything that isn't vinyl lately, and get a bit bemused when it doesn't come with a download code. I nearly only listen to recorded music at home these days, so it tends to be records I actually listen to, though if I've got loads of work to do I will tend to cue up a bunch of mp3s to avoid distracting myself by browsing through the record shelf when I'm trying to get stuff done.
I'm fairly sure I've not bought a CD in the past 5 years, possibly longer.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 14:42
by Trev
fika_recordings wrote: I'm fairly sure I've not bought a CD in the past 5 years, possibly longer.
I tend to only buy CD when the release is not available on vinyl.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 17:13
by alongwaltz
CD's are still my primary.

I have multiple CD players in the house, a portable discman, and most cars still have CD players whereas I only have one tape player and one record player.

I use mp3's to test out albums and find the ones worth buying but if I like something enough I always want a physical copy. I like having liner notes and lyrics and art and things on a shelf that people can look at when they come over.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 17:25
by indiansummer
i'm probably the same as andy in terms of preferring vinyl but mainly listening to d/ls. i still buy cds and (sometimes) tapes though

it kinda does my head in that some labels of larger standing (e.g. Drag City) still don't include d/l codes. surely they're just shooting themselves in the foot...? (also i want to be able to listen to my Ty Segall/Bill Callahan records on the bus sometimes, or whilst walking round or whatever... not just at home)

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 17:38
by indiehorse
My preferred format is live.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 18:06
by linus
that's clever but that involves people... even at indie popshows, even at them... there will be people and people tend to talk and move about in your line of vision and they breathe too, also the people making the music, they always let you down... I like listening to music walking down the street, mooching around so having some bunch of egotistical ultimately disappointing deadbeats follow me around with an extra long extension cord and amps on wheels (don't be giving me any of that 'unplugged' baloney... you know the type of people that go in for that foofaraw... 'I'm playing acoustic therefore you have to listen to me', yeh, sure thing, sir, and presumably I have to look on adoringly too, right? 'for real, scum') would be ignoble and disingenuous (probably I need to look up what those words mean)

so I'm taking your answer to be mini-disc

that's what's going on the list

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 21:04
by indiansummer
what i really mean by the above post is 'can anyone dropbox me Twins by Ty Segall because i can't seem to find it posted illegally anywhere (but then i'm bad at the internet'

'please'

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 22:08
by Yex
It took me ages to get a tape player, but I finally have one, and I'm enjoying it. My tape collection is pretty small, but I'd noticed that tapes are becoming an increasingly popular format for bands to release on, and I'd occasionally buy a tape for the download code to feel like I was actually getting something.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 23:46
by leon
I can't bring myself to buy CDs anymore. If a song or album is only available on CD I'm more likely to buy a download instead. Like Trev, I rarely listen to CDs, I just rip them. Also when I DJ'd we had a pair of 1210s but no CD decks so I used to play any songs not available on vinyl off my ipod or phone. First preference is for vinyl with a D/L code. I do most of my listening in the car or walking from the car to work so D/L codes are very handy. But when I want to sit down and actually *listen*, I always prefer records. Its the whole taking-one-off-and-putting-another-on thing, and the browsing through physical items to choose the next song, making a pile of to-listen-to's, the artwork, the liner notes, the hiding-the-sleeve-from-your-girlfriend-so-the-song-is-still-a-surprise thing. And records just look lovely on a shelf.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 18:39
by timahall
I like CD and vinyl about the same, for different reasons. CDs for convenience and nostalgia, vinyl for aesthetic. I mostly buy CDs. Do not like paying for downloads and try to avoid doing so (download-only releases are rubbish but I understand why they exist in these difficult times). Tapes... Back when I was a kid and they were popular, they felt like the cheap and nasty option (cropped artwork, easily broken...) and now they have no reason to exist. Minidiscs were reliable and portable but a bit small for decent artwork.

Re: What format do you prefer?

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 19:53
by princehifi
Hi all:

I'm a record collector first and foremost, there's plenty of fun involved in it. That said, postage costs are steep all over, so I'm focused on 7" singles. Which works for me, as 7" is where the excitement is or something like that.

Otherwise, YouTube and bandcamp are a godsend for checking out the tunes.