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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%

I used to buy LPs and CDs for decades, but since about 4 years I purchase separate tracks on iTunes (the last 3 songs I bought are from Owen Pallett‘s new album which he unexpectedly released last week) or Bandcamp.

I have around 3000 CDs and more than 7.000 iTunes and Bandcamp tracks.

I ripped all my CDs and combined them with all other mp3s and AACs on the pretty unique hi-res audio player Sony HAP-S1 (this device is way better than any of their consoles).

Additionally I have a paid Spotify subscription to search for new music and artists, and as soon as I discover something I really like, e.g. The Mandalorian title theme, I buy the track on one of the above platforms.

I love music way more than gaming. I will always pay for music to support the artists.

Last edited by okr - on 02 June 2020

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The_Liquid_Laser said:
mZuzek said:

Pretty sure vinyl is the best sound quality you'll get, but CDs are high quality enough that most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference, certainly not without some really good audio hardware.

This is what I mean by basically equivalent.  Not only is my equipment not top of the line, but even if it was, I don't think my ears are good enough.  I do think there are some people who have very discerning hearing, but I think these people tend to end up musicians or at the very least audiophiles.  The average listener, like me, couldn't really tell the difference.

On the other hand, I can tell the difference between CD and other formats.  Cassettes and MP3s don't sound good enough to me.

I think most musicians wouldn't tell the difference either. I think vinyl has the slight advantage if you consider both formats at their best, but at the end of the day it's always gonna depend on the quality of the specific recording. Loudness war era CDs can sound horrible but LPs aren't the most consistent format either, especially with newer music. Then there's the whole audio setup you're using, which can favor either one, and, yeah. CDs are good.

I was mostly a MP3 guy until recently. Thought MP3 320kbps was the best thing you could get, anything beyond that was just being pointlessly fickle about barely any difference in audio quality. Then a couple months ago I bought this awesome headphone, and decided to check out some FLAC files to see if there was any difference. Holy damn yeah lol.

SvennoJ said:
mZuzek said:

That was definitely a more scientific post than mine.

I've got a few traumatic experiences with CDs, but none with vinyl. Because I've never used vinyl. Those flimsy CD cases break so easily, and the discs themselves can be quite delicate too. I'll admit I'm not the most careful person in the world, but I've had CDs I've taken good care of end up all scratched and awful to listen to.

Nowadays, I'm going full digital. Buying music in 24-bit FLAC when possible. The worst thing that can happen to digital files is your HDD breaking, not a problem if you make a backup before that happens. Not like hard drives break all the time anyway.

You mean skipping or cutting out with CDs? It can't sound bad, it's full on or full off with digital :p (Perhaps with a bad player with lousy error correction) I only have one CD (out of many many) that skips in one place, I bought a new copy. Not sure how you scratch CDs if you take good care of them? Crappy player?

CD cases suck indeed, LP covers don't last either. I mostly remember LPs for getting in trouble scratching the record while dropping the needle trying to get it on the track I wanted to hear. Or dust/hairs getting hung up on the needle.

Best sound to me is DTS-HD MA properly mixed in lossless 24 bit 5.1 / 7.1. Movie soundtracks never sound as dynamic on CD (or any other format). However I don't have a blu-ray player in the car, nor a 600 watt 5.1 surround system.

Yeah, skipping, cutting out, all that stuff. Let's just say CD players in cars weren't designed for south american road quality but man sometimes I'll leave a CD in its case for ages and when I get back to it it's got scratches. I don't know. But yeah LP durability is probably worse if you don't take super good care of them.

It's gonna be a long while before I can have a surround sound system as my "default" player, so for the foreseeable future I'm very much staying in the stereo realm. Family car is still stuck in the CDs too, so I'm not gonna get too ahead of myself for now.

I buy CDs because I like to own things physically. And then I put them into my PC disc drive and rip them into MP3s.

V-r0cK said:
I buy CDs because I like to own things physically. And then I put them into my PC disc drive and rip them into MP3s.

noooooo rip them into flac

mZuzek said:
V-r0cK said:
I buy CDs because I like to own things physically. And then I put them into my PC disc drive and rip them into MP3s.

noooooo rip them into flac

You know for as long as I can remember I've been so use to ripping them into MP3s that I completely forgot about flac....hmmm I should definitely do that next time.  Thanks!