I have always preferred to have physical copies of my music, the thought of losing an iPod or a couple of computer fails and having no music left scares me more than North Korea. I am also not a big truster of "the cloud" as a place to keep everything, who really knows how that will all be working in ten or twenty years?
However, more for reasons of space and clutter, I found myself trying to rationalise at least some of my CDs, not the vinyl, that isn't going anywhere until I am not making the decision. One area that jumped out at me was the free compilations and some paid for ones, no actual attachment to the physical disc, and as a compilation they are all on the PC and back up, and there is little there that is not duplicated in all honesty, so I thought I could make some space and also help someone else out.
Over 150 CDs, covering everything from classical and opera to indie and jazz, reggae and house music all in a box, freeing up some shelf space for me and also a pretty damn good music collection, or so I thought. I also included a lot of the Greatest Hits collections that you can pick up for a couple of quid, so there was a lot there.
Offering them for free on twitter met with blank responses, the only answers were either Music Magpie, where the entire box would be lucky to raise a pound, or just to give to a charity shop. No one wanted a music collection numbering tracks in the thousands it seemed.
Was it because people already have all of it, well, without knowing what was in the box who could know? It seemed far more to be that no one wanted 150 odd CDs as it would mean that they then had to do something with them once they were loaded on iTunes... I went to a charity shop to drop off a load of books yesterday (yes, I am a hoarder with a tendency to blitz clean!) and asked if they wanted CDs. The look on the ladies face said it all, it almost seemed too much hassle to take them, as clearly people won't even pay a few pennies for them now.
Compared to the new growth in vinyl sales that shows people do want to have and own something specific with a memory or meaning attached to it, and the other extreme of pure download or on line streaming only without ever owning anything, CDs seem to sit in the middle. A medium that no one ever really wanted, and that seems to be dying out far quicker than it arrived. Like mini-discs will anyone actually still have a CD player in 10 years time?
Anyway, I did find another charity shop that were very pleased to take them off my hands, so hopefully someone will take some pleasure in finding something new in their browsing over the next few weeks. As for the rest of my CDs, for most of them it is unlikely I will ever take them from their cover and play them again, but the thought of not having them means it is unlikely they will go anywhere. Also, waiting for the postman to arrive and deliver a new album, even if it is on CD, is far more exciting than just clicking on "download now".