Eh, not so sure about that. If you’re used to owning your music, being able to listen to it anywhere regardless of whether you have network access or not, and you find the idea of songs being removed from your collection or replaced with different versions without notice and without your consent to be appalling and borderline theft, not to mention the big data abuses that are almost certainly going on behind the scenes, then you’re probably too old for Spotify. I sure am.
I will only buy uncompressed, non-DRM’d music that I own, and that cannot be taken away from me.
Hate to say it, but a housefire and you're done. You'll never replace a lot of that stuff. I get it, of course - but CDs are already going the way of the dodo when it comes to new tech integrations. You're more and more reliant on a home computer to rip/convert/store/transfer. And that's fine - good on ya - but I decided a long time ago it's way too much effort for me for a .5% increase in audio quality, especially as the same tech improvements mean we increase closer and closer to live lossless streaming.Since it’s not DRM’d, I can make and keep copies and other derivatives. So the compressed copies on my computer and my phone wouldn’t be stolen if the physical master CD was stolen, and vice versa. That’s enough of an insurance policy for me. And as better compression tech emerges, I can recompress from an original CD or FLAC as I choose to.
I thought about this a bit afterward and the physical CDs would actually be covered by my home insurance for replacement cost, so the only issue would be with the ones that couldn’t realistically be replaced. And there’s no guarantee I’d have access to those particular versions through a streaming service either.Hate to say it, but a housefire and you're done. You'll never replace a lot of that stuff.
A sentence I literally never thought I’d read, but here we are.CDs are becoming obsolete, so I moved to vinyl
Now vinyl is cool again and I’ll never understand why.
I'm flat broke; it's a fine line I have to tread between legality and audio quality. For an example (since this is the Metallica thread), take Death Magnetic. It's got two versions - the headache-inducing original, and the immensely improved remaster. The problem, then, is that only the first version is available for streaming (I can't get an iTunes subscription). As a result, I end up pirating the remaster.There's no excuse for this in 2020.
This is exactly my rationale.Vinyl, even new vinyl, is often less compressed. CD is, technically, a far superior format. But that doesn't count for shit if what you fill it with is squashed to death. Priest's Firepower is 10 dB(!) more dynamic on vinyl. It's basically the mix transferred to vinyl, while the CD release is highly processed in the mastering stage.
So I've moved to a combination of vinyl and digital.