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(Onion AV Club)   Best Buy will no longer sell CDs as of July 1, 2018   ( avclub.com) divider line
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2018-02-03 05:04:20 PM  
I guess I can't remember the last time I bought a CD that wasn't at a show where I was just trying to help the band.
 
2018-02-03 05:14:50 PM  

davidphogan: I guess I can't remember the last time I bought a CD that wasn't at a show where I was just trying to help the band.


I get my music from my local record exchange.

I like CDs and DVDs. They work in internet outages, don't require subscriptions, and there's no worrying about being pulled due to legal wonkery.
 
2018-02-03 05:39:41 PM  
I spent SOOOOO much money on iTunes back in the day. But I had an iPod. When smartphones became a thing, I went Samsung. So I have tons of purchased music on my iTunes account that won't play on my phone (or in my car).

Also, f*ck iTunes and proprietary formats.
 
2018-02-03 06:22:35 PM  
I guess that I'm an outlier in that I always buy music on CD or album. I've never purchased an audio download. Generally I'll get a CD (again, rarely vinyl lately since I don't have a turntable set up), rip and, and put it in my collection. The CD stays in good shape, and if the digital copy goes wonky, I can rip it again.
Like every cunning plan, it has flaws, but you always have the bonus of sometimes finding tracks on a recording that you like better than the ones that made you want to buy it.
 
2018-02-03 06:36:49 PM  

Exluddite: I guess that I'm an outlier in that I always buy music on CD or album. I've never purchased an audio download. Generally I'll get a CD (again, rarely vinyl lately since I don't have a turntable set up), rip and, and put it in my collection. The CD stays in good shape, and if the digital copy goes wonky, I can rip it again.
Like every cunning plan, it has flaws, but you always have the bonus of sometimes finding tracks on a recording that you like better than the ones that made you want to buy it.


I think that some labels aren't even having the physical media manufactured anymore for some artists. With my iTunes stuff, I have to plug my external DVD drive into an adapter, and then into the USB-C slot on my MacBook, and connect an external USB battery into the second USB slot on the DVD drive's cord (one power source isn't enough to power the DVD drive), then I can burn an album. I don't do it too often.

And it'll be a cold day in hell before I buy an iPhone.
 
2018-02-03 06:50:44 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I spent SOOOOO much money on iTunes back in the day. But I had an iPod. When smartphones became a thing, I went Samsung. So I have tons of purchased music on my iTunes account that won't play on my phone (or in my car).

Also, f*ck iTunes and proprietary formats.


You can download them in MP3 now.
 
2018-02-03 07:57:25 PM  

enry: ecmoRandomNumbers: I spent SOOOOO much money on iTunes back in the day. But I had an iPod. When smartphones became a thing, I went Samsung. So I have tons of purchased music on my iTunes account that won't play on my phone (or in my car).

Also, f*ck iTunes and proprietary formats.

You can download them in MP3 now.


For a majority of albums, yes, you are correct. The wife and I have a handful of purchases from WAY back in the day that will never convert.
 
2018-02-03 08:09:08 PM  
What kind of APR interest were they offering?
 
2018-02-03 08:26:52 PM  
I buy CDs on Amazon all the time. Unless they are used I can just download the mp3 as soon as I purchase it. So when the CD comes I don't even open it, it just goes in the pile.

But I like having it in .wav just in case.

I don't ever buy music on itunes. I either finagle (steal) something from the youtube video if that's the only way I can find it, or I buy the CD. Then it gets compressed and added to my ipod. I think I'm the only person I know that has a separate ipod for music and podcasts as opposed to having everything on my phone.
 
2018-02-03 08:27:33 PM  
Oh...the whole reason I opened this thread...I guess I'm going to Best Buy in the early summer to see if they have anything for really cheap.
 
2018-02-03 08:56:09 PM  
I buy CDs from Amazon, and usually you can download MP3s of the contents immediately.  The disk is basically automatic backup.
 
2018-02-03 09:00:11 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I have tons of purchased music on my iTunes account that won't play on my phone (or in my car).


Pretty sure you can convert that

It's been (I think) ten years or so but Apple made their files DRM-free.
 
2018-02-03 09:03:59 PM  

Endive Wombat: enry: ecmoRandomNumbers: I spent SOOOOO much money on iTunes back in the day. But I had an iPod. When smartphones became a thing, I went Samsung. So I have tons of purchased music on my iTunes account that won't play on my phone (or in my car).

Also, f*ck iTunes and proprietary formats.

You can download them in MP3 now.

For a majority of albums, yes, you are correct. The wife and I have a handful of purchases from WAY back in the day that will never convert.


Well if all else failed, you could burn them to a CD and then rip them back to digital in a different format. Or hell, there have even been times when I connected my laptop's mic input to its audio out and played the track while recording it with a different program and saving the resulting digital file as an MP3. You got to do what you got to do.
 
2018-02-03 09:06:07 PM  

davidphogan: I guess I can't remember the last time I bought a CD that wasn't at a show where I was just trying to help the band.


I have a great record shop close to my house. I prefer buying cds at a show, but all the rest I get there. I prefer physical media.

CBS time: a buddy of mine has a T-shirt that says "you can't download a live music experience".
 
2018-02-03 09:16:36 PM  
I still buy CDs and SACDs because they are often cheaper than their download counterpart (all of the CDs I rip to lossless and playback on my audio system with an Apple TV connected to my receiver).

It's just crazy that I can buy a SACD for like $13 and the hi-rez multichannel download can cost up to $30.

And with CD boxsets the digital download can be two to three times the price.
 
2018-02-03 09:18:50 PM  
"...it's started demanding deals where it'll only pay record distributors for units sold, rather than buying in bulk and hoping for the best"

o.O they don't do this already?  that sure is some nice retail work there Lou
 
2018-02-03 09:21:11 PM  

thornhill: I still buy CDs and SACDs because they are often cheaper than their download counterpart


You sound like a classical music listener

/ classical music listener
 
2018-02-03 09:21:40 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: davidphogan: I guess I can't remember the last time I bought a CD that wasn't at a show where I was just trying to help the band.

I get my music from my local record exchange.

I like CDs and DVDs. They work in internet outages, don't require subscriptions, and there's no worrying about being pulled due to legal wonkery.


Same reason why I want a Blu-ray player on my next PC. Don't have to worry about Internet speed throttling of a video service I use because a company like Comcast wants bribery money from a company like Netflix.
 
2018-02-03 09:25:02 PM  
It seemed didn't seem relevant until I thought of several box sets I've let pass by in the past. Clearance?
 
2018-02-03 09:39:39 PM  

Exluddite: I guess that I'm an outlier in that I always buy music on CD or album. I've never purchased an audio download. Generally I'll get a CD (again, rarely vinyl lately since I don't have a turntable set up), rip and, and put it in my collection. The CD stays in good shape, and if the digital copy goes wonky, I can rip it again.
Like every cunning plan, it has flaws, but you always have the bonus of sometimes finding tracks on a recording that you like better than the ones that made you want to buy it.


Why buy the cow when you can get milk for free? Because I like steak, too.
 
2018-02-03 09:51:31 PM  

thornhill: I still buy CDs and SACDs because they are often cheaper than their download counterpart (all of the CDs I rip to lossless and playback on my audio system with an Apple TV connected to my receiver).

It's just crazy that I can buy a SACD for like $13 and the hi-rez multichannel download can cost up to $30.

And with CD boxsets the digital download can be two to three times the price.


This; my CD purchasing frequency has been increasing the last few years because a lot of digital downloads are the same price as/more expensive than the physical media.
 
2018-02-03 09:59:07 PM  
Target hints at a new business model, but it already sounds like a way to blow millions on a dying technology. Lots of people don't even have CD-ROM drives anymore.
 
2018-02-03 10:09:16 PM  
We will no longer hear the sound of music. Sad.

The original store (after a direct hit from a tornado)
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2018-02-03 10:12:41 PM  
Best Buy will reclaim their floor space used to sell CDs.

So I guess they can display more phones then
 
2018-02-03 10:17:53 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: Exluddite: I guess that I'm an outlier in that I always buy music on CD or album. I've never purchased an audio download. Generally I'll get a CD (again, rarely vinyl lately since I don't have a turntable set up), rip and, and put it in my collection. The CD stays in good shape, and if the digital copy goes wonky, I can rip it again.
Like every cunning plan, it has flaws, but you always have the bonus of sometimes finding tracks on a recording that you like better than the ones that made you want to buy it.

Why buy the cow when you can get milk for free? Because I like steak, too.


Don't know why I've never heard that rebuttal before,but I love it!
 
2018-02-03 10:34:50 PM  
I've bought several CDs recently because the music was either not available for download or it was cheaper to buy the CD than the download. One in particular, Pharoah Sanders Journey to the One,stands out simply because it's a ridiculously good album. That said, mostly I've been listening to stuff available with Amazon's unlimited service, because it got 3 months cheap and now I am not sure I can do without.

I await the time, maybe 10-15 years off, when they start making them and stocking them again because some hipsters rediscover that they sound better than vinyl. I'm well set up for the future CD trend.
 
2018-02-03 10:38:11 PM  

jaylectricity: Bith Set Me Up: Exluddite: I guess that I'm an outlier in that I always buy music on CD or album. I've never purchased an audio download. Generally I'll get a CD (again, rarely vinyl lately since I don't have a turntable set up), rip and, and put it in my collection. The CD stays in good shape, and if the digital copy goes wonky, I can rip it again.
Like every cunning plan, it has flaws, but you always have the bonus of sometimes finding tracks on a recording that you like better than the ones that made you want to buy it.

Why buy the cow when you can get milk for free? Because I like steak, too.

Don't know why I've never heard that rebuttal before,but I love it!


It just cropped up one evening. I can't explain how.
 
2018-02-03 10:39:38 PM  

max_pooper: CBS time: a buddy of mine has a T-shirt that says "you can't download a live music experience".


That's great and all, but John Coltrane is a bit dead.
 
2018-02-03 10:52:57 PM  
Can I still buy the protection plan, though?
 
2018-02-03 10:57:07 PM  

fluffy_pope: Can I still buy the protection plan, though?


Would you like the protection plan on these Reese's Peanut Butter Cups you are buying from the impulse rack?
 
2018-02-03 11:03:28 PM  

davidphogan: I guess I can't remember the last time I bought a CD that wasn't at a show where I was just trying to help the band.


There's been some I've gotten physical copies of not long ago (Dethklok comes to mind). But yeah, it's a medium that's slowly dying considering their cost and the fact that you have to carry a shiatload of them around to listen to an assortment of bands/genres as opposed to a digital media player of some kind and mp3s/flac/whatever.

Throw in the fact that some were basically limited printing so they're scarce and you've got a lot of consumer irritation.
 
2018-02-03 11:04:11 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I spent SOOOOO much money on iTunes back in the day. But I had an iPod. When smartphones became a thing, I went Samsung. So I have tons of purchased music on my iTunes account that won't play on my phone (or in my car).

Also, f*ck iTunes and proprietary formats.


Do you even tech bro? the tracks have been DRM free since 2009.

As for AAC, you can find a player for it, or convert it. Or as another poster said, you can download them in mp3 format from itunes.

Or wait a minute, there is Apple music for android, and you can use that to play your purchased stuff.
 
2018-02-03 11:05:07 PM  

jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: Can I still buy the protection plan, though?

Would you like the protection plan on these Reese's Peanut Butter Cups you are buying from the impulse rack?


Will they still be under the manufacturer's warranty by the time I get outside the store?
I'd better get the protection plan for the protection plan.
 
2018-02-03 11:13:30 PM  

jaytkay: ecmoRandomNumbers: I have tons of purchased music on my iTunes account that won't play on my phone (or in my car).

Pretty sure you can convert that

It's been (I think) ten years or so but Apple made their files DRM-free.


They want 30 cents a song to convert to DRM-free. So I downloaded them by other means.
 
kab
2018-02-03 11:15:26 PM  
Our local BB hasn't had a cd section in a very very long time.

When I do decide to purchase new music from an artist (which is increasingly rare due to my getoffmylawnitis), it's always on CD or vinyl.   Really, there's little reason for anyone other than a national act to even release physical media at all at this point.   Complete waste of money.
 
2018-02-03 11:24:58 PM  

jaytkay: thornhill: I still buy CDs and SACDs because they are often cheaper than their download counterpart

You sound like a classical music listener

/ classical music listener


Yep.
 
2018-02-03 11:25:20 PM  

fluffy_pope: jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: Can I still buy the protection plan, though?

Would you like the protection plan on these Reese's Peanut Butter Cups you are buying from the impulse rack?

Will they still be under the manufacturer's warranty by the time I get outside the store?
I'd better get the protection plan for the protection plan.


It would be a shame if your candy melted. A real shame.
 
2018-02-03 11:35:17 PM  

jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: Can I still buy the protection plan, though?

Would you like the protection plan on these Reese's Peanut Butter Cups you are buying from the impulse rack?

Will they still be under the manufacturer's warranty by the time I get outside the store?
I'd better get the protection plan for the protection plan.

It would be a shame if your candy melted. A real shame.


You know what, I'm not gonna take them. If I pay for them, can I get store credit?
 
2018-02-04 12:28:32 AM  

fluffy_pope: jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: Can I still buy the protection plan, though?

Would you like the protection plan on these Reese's Peanut Butter Cups you are buying from the impulse rack?

Will they still be under the manufacturer's warranty by the time I get outside the store?
I'd better get the protection plan for the protection plan.

It would be a shame if your candy melted. A real shame.

You know what, I'm not gonna take them. If I pay for them, can I get store credit?


I dunno, that receipt is too faded to see if you bought it at this store. Do you have the credit card you bought it with?
 
2018-02-04 12:36:22 AM  

theflatline: ecmoRandomNumbers: I spent SOOOOO much money on iTunes back in the day. But I had an iPod. When smartphones became a thing, I went Samsung. So I have tons of purchased music on my iTunes account that won't play on my phone (or in my car).

Also, f*ck iTunes and proprietary formats.

Do you even tech bro? the tracks have been DRM free since 2009.

As for AAC, you can find a player for it, or convert it. Or as another poster said, you can download them in mp3 format from itunes.

Or wait a minute, there is Apple music for android, and you can use that to play your purchased stuff.


Or, you know, buy a physical medium and not worry about any of that shiat.
 
2018-02-04 12:36:55 AM  

jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: Can I still buy the protection plan, though?

Would you like the protection plan on these Reese's Peanut Butter Cups you are buying from the impulse rack?

Will they still be under the manufacturer's warranty by the time I get outside the store?
I'd better get the protection plan for the protection plan.

It would be a shame if your candy melted. A real shame.

You know what, I'm not gonna take them. If I pay for them, can I get store credit?

I dunno, that receipt is too faded to see if you bought it at this store. Do you have the credit card you bought it with?


Damn, I gave it to that passing stranger...
 
2018-02-04 12:44:20 AM  
I love and hate the smart/funny votes on Fark.

ITT I said I liked something somebody else said. I got three smart votes and that person that said it got three smart votes.

Some other times I'll notice that the person that makes a joke gets a couple votes, then the poster that explains the joke gets way more votes.
 
2018-02-04 12:52:59 AM  

jaylectricity: I love and hate the smart/funny votes on Fark.
ITT I said I liked something somebody else said. I got three smart votes and that person that said it got three smart votes.
Some other times I'll notice that the person that makes a joke gets a couple votes, then the poster that explains the joke gets way more votes.


I like what you said. Also that joke you made that was funny because it played off Best Buy's protection-plan scam.
 
2018-02-04 01:05:01 AM  

fluffy_pope: jaylectricity: I love and hate the smart/funny votes on Fark.
ITT I said I liked something somebody else said. I got three smart votes and that person that said it got three smart votes.
Some other times I'll notice that the person that makes a joke gets a couple votes, then the poster that explains the joke gets way more votes.

I like what you said. Also that joke you made that was funny because it played off Best Buy's protection-plan scam.


Well that's a smart and funny from me, for sure!
 
2018-02-04 01:06:45 AM  

jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: jaylectricity: I love and hate the smart/funny votes on Fark.
ITT I said I liked something somebody else said. I got three smart votes and that person that said it got three smart votes.
Some other times I'll notice that the person that makes a joke gets a couple votes, then the poster that explains the joke gets way more votes.

I like what you said. Also that joke you made that was funny because it played off Best Buy's protection-plan scam.

Well that's a smart and funny from me, for sure!


It works!
 
2018-02-04 01:28:46 AM  

jaylectricity: fluffy_pope: Can I still buy the protection plan, though?

Would you like the protection plan on these Reese's Peanut Butter Cups you are buying from the impulse rack?


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2018-02-04 02:19:11 AM  
Lately I've just been using Apple Music. $100 a year and I can download whatever want on my phone. Sure, I don't own it, but it's way cheaper than buying everything I want to listen to. I'm never going to pay $200 for the Master of Puopets box set, but it's no big deal to listen to the full set via subscription.
 
2018-02-04 09:07:30 AM  
Does this mean we'll have a new group of CD snobs to go with the old guard of vinyl ones?
 
2018-02-04 09:28:48 AM  

oldfarthenry: Does this mean we'll have a new group of CD snobs to go with the old guard of vinyl ones?


You can't use a green magic marker around the edge of a MP3 file to make it sound warmer.

/yes, that was really a thing.  Want to buy an audiophile grade 120V extension cord too?

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2018-02-04 09:58:05 AM  
sigh.  i really don't care.  I am one of those people the music industry lost.  They should lament the loss of customers like me.  I used to spend hundreds of dollars on music a year.  I had so many CD's.

Then napster happened.  Since then, I've literally bought 5-6 cd's new and possibly 10-15 used.  Music simply became something I could get easily for free.  Over the years, the quality went from "crappy but passable" to "indistinguishable from the original".  Add in Spotify (which no, I don't pay for, I use it mostly at work and it's perfect as a free app, I don't mind a commercial from time to time) and that's just about it for paying for music.

I don't even feel bad about it.  I download a FLAC copy from....  somewheres, convert it back to wav, burn a CD if I need to, or use iTunes and convert it to high quality AAC for my phone.

fark 'em.
 
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