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What's Your Favorite Music Format?

Online Streaming 16 34.78%
CDs 13 28.26%
MP3 13 28.26%
Vinyl Records 2 4.35%
Cassette Tapes 0 0%
8-Track 0 0%
Other 2 4.35%

What is your favorite format to enjoy music?

Personally, I prefer streaming. I subscribe to Amazon Music which pretty much allows me to listen to any song I could want. I mostly stream music at work or at the gym. I like that it allows me to download mp3s to my phone so I can listen to them offline.

Prior to streaming I would download mp3s. First I used to obtain them illegally (remember Limewire) but eventually I started buying song by song or whole albums. My preferred physical format is CD because you can rip the mp3 files anyway. CDs also sound amazing and you can listen to them in your car. I considered starting a badass CD collection but I don't like the physical clutter plus its hard to switch music to find specific songs you want to hear at a certain time.

I am baffled by the resurgence in popularity of vinyl. I think it is a nostalgia thing. Some people swear that the analog sound quality is better. For me though it is just so inconvenient. You have to flip over the records to continue listening, you can't play vinyl in your car or computer. The album artwork is nice though. I bought a hybrid record player (also plays CDs, Radio, and Bluetooth) for my dad as birthday present and even he agreed that it is kind of stupid. Vinyl sales are on the rise though. Hipsters!

So what is your favorite format for listening/collecting music?

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my favourite is probably always gonna be minidisc, combining digital files with mechanical disc playback system and amazing sound quality.

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Well, I really like vinyls. They are clunky for sure, you have to flip them, they get dusty, the needle gets dusty but that's all part of the charm, and the audio quality is of course really good (unless you have crappy equipment that is). CD's are less clunky since you can listen to a whole album at once without having to flip or switch records, but you get worse audio and they feel more plastic and cheap in comparison to vinyls.
Looking through other people's collections is always fun, the artwork is obviously a big draw but you also discover a lot of artists that you never knew existed. And, (this is true for hard rock and metal, don't know about other genres) a lot of records that you buy will go up in price over time (especially if you get limited editions, boxes and so on) so it's also an investment!

I do use streaming a lot as well (mostly Spotify and in some cases Youtube) because they're really convenient, you can find and listen to a lot of music very easily and making playlists or listening to music on the train is a bit difficult with vinyls.

For convenience, mp3 and streaming would be the winner. Having my entire music collection in my pocket and ready to go is ace, and the ability to make playlists is great too. However, sound quality is compromised unless you're ripping to a lossless format, which means much larger file sizes. The experience of having the physical product, reading through the booklet, looking at artwork etc is something I really value. I grew up with CDs and still buy them regularly.

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I have come to enjoy the convenience of streamed music via youtube music. I don't have the energy to individually seek out albums and pirate them when I could just type them into an app and instantly listen. They're also automatically downloaded if I like them, so I can listen to the best stuff even in the unlikely event of no internet.

Once again convenience trumps everything.

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Streaming, because I can do it for free.

CD's. I like looking at the covers, and reading the lyrics in the book thing most CD's have, without having to search it up online. 

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Most time I play iTunes on Mac or still using my iPod. It's very convenient. I have about 1000 CDs and maybe 200 vinyls, but I have to admit that I don't listen to them anymore on a CD player or using a record player. I still could do it anytime I want, but either I work on my Mac or I am on travel. For both MP3 is the best solution for myself. I prefer listening to my library instead of streaming. If I buy new music it's usually on CD. Although I don't buy much new stuff.


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