Anyone here still prefer physical media compared to streaming?

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Showaddywaddy
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By physical media, I am referring to Vinyl, CD's, Cassettes, minidisc, etc.

I personally prefer physical media over streaming services due to offline convenience and also somewhat the gratification of building a collection.

I still obviously use digital media for music as well (example FLAC lossless files) when using my main setup or with my Sony WM1A Walkman but I don't know, more gratifying using physical media.
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Yes.
I prefer vhs, dvds, cds and tapes.
Only use usb and online storage for youtube downloads or pdfs.
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(Original post by londonmyst)
Yes.
I prefer vhs, dvds, cds and tapes.
Only use usb and online storage for youtube downloads or pdfs.
Agree with all of them apart from VHS hah. When looking back VHS looks terrible apart from D-VHS which is a hell of a lot better than even LaserDisc and possibly gives DVD's a run for their money. Betamax was arguably better than VHS at the time as well (VHS won the format war due to being a hell of a lot cheaper then Betamax).
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I like streaming bc none of the music I like can be found as physical copies lol, there isn't even CDs
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We still have many hundreds of vinyl albums and thousands of CDs. The high fi is linked in the the Sonos system so you can put an album on downstairs and listen to it in another part of the house.
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I prefer cd's, DVD's etc
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i stream way more than listening to my cds; i buy them mostly so i can put them in the car when i'm with my dad to listen to. i do like the collection i've built up though and i plan on continuing to build on it.
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I have about 50 records and around 200 CDs. If I had more money, I would own significantly more of both. I have a few tapes, too, but I struggle to justify buying them without a tape deck. I do intend to get a tape deck though as new tapes are about half the cost of new CDs. I don't have a Spotify account, but I do like using youtube to discover new music and listen to things I've not bought yet.
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I have about 50 records and around 200 CDs. If I had more money, I would own significantly more of both. I have a few tapes, too, but I struggle to justify buying them without a tape deck. I do intend to get a tape deck though as new tapes are about half the cost of new CDs. I don't have a Spotify account, but I do like using youtube to discover new music and listen to things I've not bought yet.
If you plan on getting a new cassette deck, please go used the cassette decks made these days are very low quality, 2 head decks with no Dolby noise reduction and normally only support type 1 tapes. A lot of them also even only support mono which is ridiculous.
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I have thousands of CDs
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(Original post by londonmyst)
Yes.
I prefer vhs, dvds, cds and tapes.
Only use usb and online storage for youtube downloads or pdfs.
Who even uses usb anymore?!
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Who even uses usb anymore?!
Half the authors, illustrators and lawyers over 40 I know.
Often data backup systems combine usb, extra hard drive and online storage.
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I love the convenience of Spotify, particularly how I can discover new music but if I really like an artist I'll buy their albums. Same with films
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(Original post by londonmyst)
Half the authors, illustrators and lawyers over 40 I know.
Often data backup systems combine usb, extra hard drive and online storage.
Fair enough
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If you plan on getting a new cassette deck, please go used the cassette decks made these days are very low quality, 2 head decks with no Dolby noise reduction and normally only support type 1 tapes. A lot of them also even only support mono which is ridiculous.
Yeah, buying used does seem to be the way forward, both for quality and price. It seems like a lot of these old ones might need a bit of work doing to them, but they will work just fine if they're cleaned properly and certain parts replaced.
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Yeah, buying used does seem to be the way forward, both for quality and price. It seems like a lot of these old ones might need a bit of work doing to them, but they will work just fine if they're cleaned properly and certain parts replaced.
if it's not direct drive 90% of the time you just need to replace the belts.
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For me it works
Music - mostly physical, and mostly vinyl, not much streaming (sound quality sucks), so for home it's vinyl, and in the car is an ipod with CD rips.1
TV/movies - a mix; some streaming, some discs, but these days more and more streaming from torrenting websites than physical - and I'm assuming less physical down the line as well.
Videogames - this generation, I've gone all digital. It's so much more convenient, and unlike music, there's literally no difference quality - you don't even save hard-drive space, as everything from a disc is dumped into the hard-drive anyways. Only thing is not being able to sell back games for $, but I never got much cash for them in the first place.
Books - some physical books (I don't have an e-reader), and some audible books, not many though.
Comics - I gave up floppies long ago, and I don't do digital comics, all I buy now are the big hard-cover collections, so all physical there, though not much overall.
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