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In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 20:19:44 BDT
wobberoo says:
2old4925-are your CDs' compact discs? Or are they the other type of CDs',being controlled drugs?

Posted on 26 May 2012 15:03:04 BDT
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Posted on 26 May 2012 15:25:13 BDT
2old4925 says:
Music on them is priceless!!!

Posted on 26 May 2012 19:14:11 BDT
Baldman says:
Seems this is an age thing. If you grew up with vinyl I think you will want to keep your cds. If you wanted no physical product then a good rip and burn policy will need to be started. Your cd's are only worth as much as someone is prepared to give you for them today-maybe in a hundred years time they'll be worth a lot.

Posted on 26 May 2012 20:19:46 BDT
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Posted on 26 May 2012 20:27:49 BDT
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Posted on 26 May 2012 22:08:05 BDT
iot1 says:
Keep them, and start putting some effort into listening. If you have high end hi fi equipment, the quality from CD's is still unsurpassed. Downloaded music is crap, and a con. (It's about industry conveneince, not yours) I for one still care about the presentation of music, the artwork, credits, & production notes. Get rid of my CD collection 'because it looks old fashioned'? I couldn't care less about fads or other peoples opinion. I still have my vinyl collection, and am glad I never got rid of it. It maybe an 'old fashioned' format, but it still sounds great, and you can't beat a gatefold cover. Get passionate about listening to, and experiencing music again, -computers reduce everything to banality. It's the hard drive you need to get rid of.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2012 22:10:41 BDT
Aghhhh!!!!!!!!!!! Don't bin them! I will take them, honest.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2012 22:11:19 BDT
In a hundred years I wont be able to buy or sell anything :-(

Posted on 27 May 2012 11:22:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2012 11:30:31 BDT
I'm not sure that's true about the 100 years. People still buy LPs and people still make music from 78s and wax rolls.

I live near a major university and do a lot of business with a resale shop there. Believe me, the LP has returned; there are now two used LP shops in that town of 50,000 population. There is a lot of music produced new on LPs now.

I had to stand in line an hour to get in the resale place on a recent Saturday designated "Record Store Saturday" when a lot of new releases arrived. These aren't old fogeys like me buying them, they are college kids. Maybe this is a fad that will will burn out, who knows.

For frequency response, ease of storage and long life, there is still no media as good as the CD. It is still the medium of choice for classical music. There was a time when CD decay was a topic in the industry but I don't hear much about that anymore. I only ever had one CD decay and it was a CD-R made from an LP by a dealer that used poor products.

I think it's reasonable there will still be an after market for CDs and LPs in 100 years as long as there is equipment to play them available.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 13:09:40 BDT
Hi.I sold all my unwanted CD's and DVD's via Music Magpie. You won't get much for them,but it adds up nicely if you've got a lot to sell.

Posted on 27 May 2012 17:47:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2012 17:48:40 BDT
MC Zaptone says:
DO NOT use mugging sites such as Music Magpie. They will give you a stock 30p for CD's worth 's. I tested them with a CD I know is worth 95 on the open market, they offered me 1:25!! There are loads of proper selling sites, even Amazon will help you sell run-of-the-mill albums for considerably more.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 19:49:22 BDT
wobberoo says:
Aren't Magpies usually associated with thieving? Music Magpie-now there's a charitable concern.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2012 02:14:23 BDT
P R. King says:
Hmm... yes. 30p for Red Temple Spirits' If Tomorrow I Were Leaving For Lhasa (currently available through Discogs, four copies ranging from 53-127). Generous they aren't, though I suppose their offers might be of use to someone with a large accumulation of more or less unsaleable CDs to shift.

Posted on 28 May 2012 08:06:04 BDT
Baldman says:
HMV swap shop -50p for a standard cd - might get a bit more for a double - total amount gets put on a gift card to buy more HMV products, and you can't use them on line.

Posted on 28 May 2012 12:43:42 BDT
Iggle Piggle says:
I agree that it is illegal to do this as the law stands. More to the point, it's immoral and deprives the artists of income. However I believe that there is a way to legally sell the CDs and keep digital copies. I signed up for Apple's iTunes Match/iTunes in the Cloud, or whatever it's called, and paid my $25. As far as I can see, this means that any music I have ripped to my iTunes library has become legitimised. I am not a lawyer and I would be interested to hear what others think of this view.

It seems to me that if iTunes can match tracks in your library that's fine. There is of course the grey area of tracks that it can't match and which are uploaded from your iTunes library to the Apple servers. In my case it matched about 8000 of the 11000 tracks I have. Its matching can be a bit hit and miss in my experience. Sometimes it will match all tracks but one off an album, so I guess their matching algorithm needs some work.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2012 12:44:54 BDT
Iggle Piggle says:
You'd buy a replacement with the money you receive from your insurers.

Posted on 29 May 2012 17:05:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 May 2012 17:06:24 BDT
Peter Lanky says:
Getting rid of old CDs is unwise. As some have said, if you keep a copy of the music and don't own the CD, then you are technically breaking the law (not that anyone is likely to come around knocking on your door). If fact in this country it's not even legal to rip your CDs for personal use. The Hargreaves review last year recommended that this law be changed, but as far as I know, no new law has yet been implemented. Don't worry though, nobody has been prosecuted for doing this.

My main reason for keeping CDs is a backup for when ripping technology improves and in years to come you may want to rip your collection over again. mp3 technology has improved, and so .flac technology may also improve. If the original CD is gone then you are stuck with your current set of .flac files.

I am making the assumption here that nobody seriously wants to rip files to .mp3 and then get rid of the CDs. That would be bizarre.

So as a backup for if you lose your data, another chance to rip with newer technology in the future and the fact that most CDs have little second hand value, then keeping your CDS safely stored away is by far the best option.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 18:34:34 BDT
According to Brennan, he of Brennan device fame, claims in the ad that it is fine to rip your cds for your own personal use.

Posted on 29 May 2012 20:27:21 BDT
Peter Lanky says:
To be fair, Martin Brennan is not likely to say something that would harm sales of his machine, which technically should only be used to play music which has been purchased in file (as opposed to CD) format. I don't agree with this, and I have happily ripped around 500CDs myself, but it is how it is in the UK at the moment.

From Wikipedia:

"In the United Kingdom, making a private copy of copyrighted media without the copyright owner's consent is currently illegal, but the UK government's new Digital Economy Act is likely to make copying of CDs for personal use legal. According to one survey, 59% of British consumers believed ripping a CD to be legal, and 55% admitted to doing it."

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2012 21:11:03 BDT
Sumotoza says:
Whatever floats your boat...... but I now have 50 and even 60 year old records that sound as good as they ever did.......... I say keep them cd's !
Mp3's are okay but having a real 'product' in your hand is better...... today's cd's are tomorrows collectibles :)

Posted on 30 May 2012 22:23:07 BDT
ambrosia says:
have been selling mine on amazon for a while. that's quite a commitment though, posting etc.
have seen the light and am going to give them all to a charity shop. i like the thought of any monies made doing something good.

Posted on 31 May 2012 12:24:09 BDT
twocups says:
Having already switched to MP3s (and buying downloads), and then getting divorced and finding myself with no storage space at all, it was a no-brainer for me to get rid of my CD collection. I did consider musicMagpie and eBay etc but in the end decided that the likely returns just didn't match up against the sheer hassle required. I found a very good home to give them away to fortunately in the shape of a guy who hosts an Internet prog rock radio show not too far from where I live (my collection is mostly prog). Any discs he couldn't use his gf would take to sell in the charity shop where she works.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2012 09:00:30 BDT
Happy Man says:
Claim on your contents insurance for the stolen originals ?!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 13:17:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jun 2012 13:24:11 BDT
for heavens sake keep them. cd's are much better than a digital collection. in years to come you blow the dust of some of your favourite classic albums, it will feel good and cd's have better sound quality than mp3's etc. I use itunes but about 98% of my music is from CD's which I proudly have in my room, some metal albums are just classic with awesome artwork. Having a digital collection is ok but its much better to have a CD, its a physical object you own, not just a file name on a computer. and yes, as hard back up a CD collection is excellent. Several times itunes has screwed up, deleted everything and i had to re-upload all my CD's, but its better that than having to pay for them all again. even if you have the files backed up its still possible for a virus or something to cause problems.
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