How much physical media do you have left?

How much physical media do you have left?

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bloomen

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2,352 posts

100 months

Thursday
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I've disposed of all my DVDs without a squeak of regret. They look just too appalling on my screen these days.

I was about to get rid of all my Blu Rays but the amount of money you get from places is so piddling, and streaming bitrates so much lower, that they're staying for good.

Now I'm looking at a few hundred CDs piled up around me. I haven't touched them for ages but I'm wondering whether letting them go is the right thing to do. Despite all the advances I do naturally pay more attention to a physically handled and inserted disc. I'm leaning towards keeping them.

Have you gone full digital and regretted it? Have you done it and not looked back? Have you not made the leap at all?

Shuvi McTupya

22,071 posts

188 months

Thursday
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My CD's all went years ago but I can't bring myself to get rid of my DVD's as I like having a library to browse. It reminds of going to blockbusters and there is no chance of losing my entire collection if I have an HD fail..


davek_964

5,454 posts

116 months

Thursday
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I still buy Blu-ray, and CDs - although I rip them to my NAS and stream from there.

Having said that - the CD purchases do seem to have stalled - I think it's at least 6 months since I bought one, maybe more. Amazon Music (full subscription) just makes it too easy to listen to anything I want most of the time. The only catch is that none of my cars allow me to stream from my phone - which means that if I want to listen to stuff in the car, I have to buy a CD and rip it to the ipod. But I seem to care less about doing that these days.

wormus

10,246 posts

144 months

Thursday
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Many years ago I ripped all my CDs to 128kps MP3 as that was the highest quality at the time. Of course when I realised that was rubbish I did it all again as ALAC so I always kept them just in case. I still buy CDs but immediately rip them and put them away in storage.

Still have all my DVDs and Blu ray for the same reason, albeit ripped to MKV. One regret I do have is I threw all my hundreds of cassettes away, mostly Metal and Chrome TDKs from the 80s. Whenever I see a tape player I feel nostalgic that I have nothing to play in it.

My son has always had a Spotify subscription but recently bought his first CD as he wanted to “own” the music. There’s something nice in that, just in the same way as vinyl has made a return.

So I’d put them in a box and stick them in your loft to give to your grand kids.

WyrleyD

1,039 posts

89 months

Thursday
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A few DVD's, about 60 CD's and over a hundred Vinyl LPs. The DVD's can go as I probably won't ever re-watch them (except for Casablanca), Will keep the CD's as they do get played occasionally and the LPs will never be disposed of. Funny thing is that I checked through my LPs recently and a few "prized" ones have gone AWOL notably "Wheels of Fire" by Cream that I bought when it was released and I hope whoever pinched them are enjoying them and not sold them for profit.
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BenjiS

450 posts

32 months

Thursday
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I have several bookcases full of books which nearly all I have a Kindle version of, but will keep because i think it’s important for my young kids to have and see books in the house.

CDs and DVDs went many years ago when I realised it was cheaper to buy hard discs to store them on, than physical shelves. Don’t miss them at all, streaming and digital purchases are much more convenient.

Edited by BenjiS on Thursday 16th May 07:52

DuraAce

3,157 posts

101 months

Thursday
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Havent bought a physical CD/DVD for well over a decade.
Kept a few CD's in the loft just for nostalgia.
Don't own a DVD player, could hook up a USB drive via my laptop if desperate.
Car has a CD player but it's never been used.

LimaDelta

3,599 posts

159 months

Thursday
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I still buy more paper books than eBooks. All bookcases at home are currently overflowing.

Haven't added anything to my music collection in the last 10 years. I have an Ikea bag full of CDs in the loft. I don't really listen to music except in the gym (and then probably just the same few albums over and over again). Only listen to the radio for the cricket. I do listen to a lot of podcasts though.

I don't really buy movies anymore, so any time I do feel like watching something it will come via an old DVD or Netflix/Amazon. I don't have a digital movie library as such, though we have a fairly extensive Plex server at work.

I no longer buy newspapers or magazines - Twitter and online forums have replaced those.

NDA

15,924 posts

166 months

Thursday
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It's a good question.

Like many over a certain age, I am pathetically resisting the dumping of physical media - most notably vinyl albums and CD's. I have maybe 500 albums and perhaps 800 (or more) CD's - none of which have been touched for about 15 years or so. Possibly even longer.

My hearing is not what it used to be and I am content listening to MP3's streamed via Spotify etc to my hi-fi set up - I know it's pretty rubbish and compressed, but I've got used to it.

I should throw them away - 800 CD's at £10 a pop when new? Feels a lot to chuck.

jflower

1,021 posts

119 months

Thursday
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Are you saying I should consider binning my VHS collection ?

Kidding - pretty much all physical stuff gone - except the stuff We "borrowed" but can't remember who from.

I guess we can safely bin that too biggrin

I'm the opposite of a hoarder - If I haven't used it in over a year it's gone !

NDA

15,924 posts

166 months

Thursday
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jflower said:
Are you saying I should consider binning my VHS collection ?
Yes, 'certain' tapes (aka 'the stash') need to be destroyed....

durbster

7,244 posts

163 months

Thursday
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I converted all my CDs to MP3 over ten years ago and don't think I've touched one since (although they are in the loft). I still have a load of old rave stuff that isn't on streaming services so they have some value to me, but otherwise Spotify serves me well enough for music.

I started converting the films a few years ago but with modern streaming services I decided there wasn't any point. It's available, the quality is probably better and there are very few films that can't be found online somewhere.

That said, I've never had a massive collection so that would sting a bit. However, if you don't throw it away, you're just deferring the job to your next of kin one day... wink

snuffy

4,627 posts

225 months

Thursday
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I bought another CD rack only a few months ago and buy a CD maybe once a fortnight or so now or average.

I did chuck a load of VHS tapes a few years ago when I suddenly realised I did not have anything to play them on.

Bullett

8,901 posts

125 months

Thursday
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Occasionally buy CD's. I still like to own music, although it gets ripped to flac immediately and then the CD stored.
I also stream via Amazon Unlimited and have my flac's available locally and via the cloud.

Video, I've not bought a disc for years BR or DVD. All streaming. I did start ripping stuff to my NAS and fiddling with a RasPi based Kodi or Plex system but it was never that wife friendly and could be quirky, I spent more time playing with it that watching movies. With most stuff streamable now it's not been used for ages.

I'd realised buying movies was a daft movie ages ago. Most only got watched once or twice before gathering dust. Having it taking up space in case you wanted to watch (and then not being able to find it) is daft with instant access. When the cinema room gets a refurb the media is gone. Some is still in the wrapper.

Zarco

11,981 posts

150 months

Thursday
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I still buy CDs and books regularly.

DVDs have not been touched for a long time.

Derek Smith

33,162 posts

189 months

Thursday
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I buy CDs and DVDs from charity shops. My wife loves to browse and I wander in and go through the books and discs. I normally take them to a local charity shop once I've seen them but keep the occasional DVD. CDs I tend to keep.


Hoofy

68,565 posts

223 months

Thursday
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You'll regret it if you suddenly decide to start shedding and find your next £800 car has a CD multichanger and tape player in it.

I have started using my tapes again.

jester

Hoofy

68,565 posts

223 months

Thursday
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Derek Smith said:
I buy CDs and DVDs from charity shops. My wife loves to browse and I wander in and go through the books and discs. I normally take them to a local charity shop once I've seen them but keep the occasional DVD. CDs I tend to keep.
We've started using charity shops as a kind of long term Blockbusters for DVDs. biggrin

GeneralSinn

6,231 posts

128 months

Thursday
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I have 4, all 4K blu rays and they’ll be going all.

I took approx:

400 DVD
200 Blu Ray
200 CDs

To a local charity shop, they sold the lot over the space of about 6mths and sent me a letter (donations are licked to gift aid etc...) asking if I wanted the cash for them - it was in the region of £800 after them taking a paltry £140ish for their efforts. Naturally I declined as it was for charity originally - I wasn’t even aware charity’s did such!

bristolracer

2,819 posts

90 months

Thursday
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I used to buy a cd every couple of weeks.
Then HMV went bust and the branch in my local mall closed.
They still have a branch in central Bristol but wild horses will not drag me to the centre.

I am in the process of ripping them and they will be stored without the jewel cases, I won’t bin them on the basis that they are mine and my collection cannot be held to ransom by a streaming company.



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