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Do you still buy CDs? Are you a dinosaur? Why bother? This rhetoric is continually thrust in my face in articles about the music business's transformational changes, whether the subject is listener's habits, bands' marketing challenges, or the churning of new business strategies.

My informal research confirms that younger music fans (say, anyone under thirty years old) are mainly wedded to digital files, while many older music fans still favor CDs. The long range trend, even among older folks, is surely away from "physical media" and toward digital files with much higher resolution than mp3s.

I still buy CDs, although nowhere near as many as I used to. Here are my reasons on both sides of the equation replica watches.

I still buy CDs mainly because they sound better than compressed digital files. I want to own the best-sounding versions of my favorite music. For example, I am still upgrading classic jazz CDs when I become aware of better-quality remasters at bargain prices. Although touted as the future of "high end" audio, I have neither the resources nor the desire to invest in a wholesale transformation of my CD collection to high resolution digital files and corresponding playback equipment -- yet.

I especially still buy certain CDs because I highly value what comes in their booklets, for example the essays and visuals about each track that are always part of reissues from the Bear Family and Ace companies (based in Germany and the U.K., respectively). Over the years I've learned a tremendous amount about music and music history from reading the supporting materials in exemplary box sets from these and other companies.

I also still like holding an object that represents the music, but that hasn't stopped me from buying far fewer CDs than I used to.

My CD buying dropped off considerably in recent years because I feel little passion for most new pop music and because I already own so much older music.

Moreover, some current music has had so much dynamic range squeezed out of it that a digital file suffices for most purposes. Bummer. I'm satisfied with the sound of a compressed digital file for most new pop music because there's so little "music" in it to begin with. A sad, vicious cycle.

As one example, I bought thirteen original CDs in 2009. One by Allen Toussaint sounded superb. The ones by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Miranda Lambert were annoyingly compressed. Hmmm, they're all on Columbia. Might that be a coincidence?

Still, 2009 turned out to be a banner year for adding to my CD collection because of the new Beatles remasters.

Do you still buy CDs? What plans do you have for the future of your music collection?