I have all these CDs that I had when I was younger, now I have all my music on my iPod Touch 6th Generation. I like it because I don't have to buy the whole CD to get a song I like off of the album with iTunes. If I want the whole CD I can get it. I now preview all the albums I buy on YouTube. If I like it then I will buy the whole album. CDs seem kind of redundant now with all the music players available and all the good cell phones being music players. I have a stereo that I never use anymore because there is no space in my room to set it up near an outlet. It's an MP3/radio/CD/cassette player. I bought it when I was 16-years-old. It is black and red. My LG V20 cell phone has a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for great sounding music. I rarely use it. I do have really good headphones I could use for it, but since iTunes won't allow me to put songs from there onto my SD card for my phone, I don't have much music on my phone. How do you listen to your music?
I mostly use Radio, Stream, or CD when I'm on the road. But i still have over 100 vinyl albums i listen to at home. I also have a rediculously high quality recording/mixing console and speaker system in the tuned control/mix/master room of my recording studio. So if I really want to critically listen to something i run it through my C24 console. See photo...
Spotify or radio over the internet.
Unfortunately, however, old tech is better than digital - in regards to music. Digitising compresses both the low frequency and high frequency sounds of music toward the middle.
Even some cassettes, dependent on age, of course, have better range than most digital services like Spotify. But nothing beats vinyl.
With both cassettes and vinyl, music sounds much more "full" and "crisper" than digital as more lower and higher frequency sounds can be heard/felt.
Digitised music will sound more "flat" in comparison because the process would have shifted both the low and high frequency sounds towards the middle to maintain an "economical" file size for the file.
Sucks to be digitally savvy when it comes to music.
I can't seem to get rid of my vinyls, even though I have no way to play them. I have many cds that I don't use except in my car. Same with cassettes. I listen to youtube--you can find anything--and Pandora, mostly. I do travel with an mp3 player.
I'm old-fashioned. I don't trust "the cloud" and like to be able to handle the things I own, so I always buy the CDs. I've toyed with the idea of ripping them and then putting them on to a thumbdrive so I don't have to take all those boxes along when I travel, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. The technological process is kinda daunting to a Luddite like myself. LOL