48% of teenagers haven’t bought a CD in a year, meaning that 52% of teenagers still buy more CDs than we do. [LA Times]


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  1. mattatwork says:

    I think you mean that 52% of teenagers still buy more CDs than you…

  2. warf0x0r says:

    Now that downloading music is so verboten I don’t do it anymore which limits my exposure to different music and I now buy less of it.

  3. Bladefist says:

    no i think it means they havent boughten a cd in much longer then a year, and the 48 has boughten one, but atleast 1 year out.

    If im right, thats hilarious. if im wrong, shit.

  4. boxjockey68 says:

    I download what I want & skip the crap. I most likely will never buy another CD.

  5. Echodork says:

    Last CD I bought was in August of 2003. Before that, I want to say probably 2000 or so.

    I don’t forsee myself ever buying another CD.

  6. Dead Wrestlers Society says:

    @warf0x0r: Just cough up that 0.99 cents for a song and you’ll be on the right side of the law.

    I have to say I love my iPod more than I ever thought I would. Although, I have noticed recently a few songs that I thought should be on iTunes weren’t offered.

  7. B says:

    @Dead Wrestlers Society: 89 cents, for DRM free music from Amazon…. Better bitrate, too.

  8. starrion says:

    Won’t purchase anything from the music industry until the get their heads out of their colon. Turns out my prior music collection and that of my wife provides quite nicely for our needs.

  9. sir_eccles says:

    Borrow CDs from the library, for the win!

  10. snoop-blog says:

    i’m not going to sit here and make any excuses to justify downloading music but i only download from artists who are already rich beyond anyone’s imagination. ok so i lied about the first part.

  11. UpsetPanda says:

    The last CD I purchased was in July of last year. I’ll only buy music from bands that I really enjoy, because I want to support their music. The “grassroots” method of finding new music (talking to friends, streaming content) is so much more fun, because any “discovery” is just more fantastic and exciting.

  12. Jaysyn was banned for: https://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    I haven’t bought a CD from a RIAA sponsored act since 2000.

  13. notme93 says:

    I won’t give any money to the RIAA and MPAA until they change the way they conduct business.

  14. Corydon says:

    I still buy CDs, but that’s probably because I’m turning into an old fogey who can’t quite wrap my head around buying music without getting something physical out of the deal.

    Plus, online music stores generally suck hard when it comes to classical music and opera, and I really hate entering the information myself (especially since Windows really sucks when you’re typing in any language other than English due to a crazy way of handling diacriticals—something Macs unequivocally do much better).

    Damn…still buying CDs and listening to classical music…I really am an old fogey, aren’t I!

  15. Xkeeper says:

    I haven’t bought CDs for a long time. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever purchased one.

    A lot of the reason is that I just simply don’t like most music these days. Sure, I have a copy of two old CDs the folks had, but I didn’t buy those.

    Most music I listen to is generally from games (NES, SNES) or from mod-type files (that are provided for free download anyway).

  16. Corydon says:

    PS, for those who want an outstanding value from an independant classical label, check out Harmonia Mundi’s 50th anniversary collection. Lots of off the wall stuff, ranging from 8th century Roman Rite chant (the pre-Gregorian stuff) to the 1990s. A few twists on some old favorites (like Liszt’s transcription of the Eroica symphony for piano). Lots here both for for classical newbs and those for whom it’s old hat.

    29 discs for $100 ain’t bad at all.

  17. punkrawka says:

    I don’t think the physical media/digital distinction matters that much, but I think it’s sad that the current generation will really lose out on the concept of a cohesive album. Pink Floyd would’ve been awesome no matter what, but you can’t really experience “The Wall” or “Dark Side of the Moon” without the whole thing. Downloading “Comfortably Numb” or “Money” is all well and good, but you’re missing quite a bit. And yes, you can download a whole album, but that’s generally not how downloaded music is actually experienced.

  18. sir_eccles says:

    @Corydon: If you want classical, you can’t really go wrong with Deutsche Grammophone’s online store. To be honest I haven’t bought from it, it just looks good to me.


  19. chrisgeleven says:

    I buy everything now either on Amazon MP3 Store or iTunes Plus.

  20. ideagirl says:

    I only buy CDs at from bands at their live shows so that I know the money is going to the artist and not to the label.

  21. lukobe says:

    Just remember–musicians have to get paid somehow, otherwise all the music you enjoy getting for free will dry up. Oh, of course, there’ll always be SOME music…but it won’t be like it has been.

  22. vdragonmpc says:

    I stopped buying cds new long ago. You see there are pawn shops and flea markets EVERYWHERE! You can get very good deals on them.

    After some bands who I wont mention kept releasing the same songs on their new CDs with ONE new one I decided I had had enough.

    No RIAA support from me.

  23. DrGirlfriend says:

    It’s been about 3 years since I bought a CD. Brick and mortar music stores almost seem old-fashioned to me now. Not to mention horribly overpriced.

    Also, I have decided that I could do without a big ol’ stack of CD’s taking up space. I have lots that I bought years ago, and perhaps one day I will upload them all to my computer and get rid of the actual discs.

  24. Jaysyn was banned for: https://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    @lukobe: Crap, you mean we’ll have to go back to a time people produced art for art’s sake & weren’t money-grubbing whores? I bet that will get rid of 80% of the stupid rap acts as well.

    Sign me the fuck up.

  25. MonkeyMonk says:

    I still buy a lot of CDs but I haven’t bought a new one in over 5-6 years. I used to buy almost exclusively from used CD stores (RIP Disc Diggers) and then I made the jump to the internet (mainly eBay & Half.com). I’m sorry my money isn’t going directly to the bands I like but it’s hard to pass up the 50%-75% cost savings.

  26. jimconsumer says:

    @lukobe: That is the biggest load of tripe I’ve ever read on this subject. I just dropped a cool grand on more music production equipment and am going to start releasing tracks soon. For free. Why, because I love music. Will I still ask for money? Yeah, on a voluntary basis. If enough people enjoy my music, they’ll kick enough my way to pay for my equipment and I’ll continue. If they don’t, I’ll continue anyway because it’s personally enjoyable for me. And, quite frankly, if millions enjoy my music, I can replace my 6 figure income doing live shows and never sell a single song. Will I make fifty million? Probably not. Do I care? Nope.

    We need more artists who make music because they enjoy it, not because they need a new Ferrari. The former make good music. The latter, overhyped, commercial crap.

  27. savvy999 says:

    the last CD I bought new was a Dave Matthews solo disc (Some Devil?), that when I tried to rip or play it on my computer, kept attempting to install all sorts of DRM garbage. It was unplayable. $18 down the drain.

    That was maybe 5 years ago. After that fiasco, haven’t looked back.

    Ripped all of my existing CDs to high-bitrate mp3s, and with the help of external hard drives and similarly-minded friends, we have been able to amass a music collection reaching into the terabyte range. If there is a jazz, blues, reggae, alt, funk, or rock song written between 1958 and 2008 that we don’t have, you don’t want it :)

    Frankly, the RIAA released me to a universal digital catalog of music that I didn’t even knew existed.

  28. stezton says:

    I’m one of those few that still buys cds. I probably buy at least 5 a month. I just don’t like MP3s. To me there’s just something “cold” about having music as files.

  29. mrkniceguy says:

    I’m with you. The so called “music” that the RIAA wants to defend is the garbage that lines their pockets. There is no artistry anymore. I only CDs I buy anymore are from the bands at their shows. Support independent music! Don’t buy (insert pop artist here) and pay overpriced lawyers to destroy musical art.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am of the same mind. I have not, however, put large amounts of money into my rig (yet) even when I do it will be made available to other music lovers. Why? Because I love music and hope you do too, so check mine out and let me know what you think. And I happen to like my ’89 Accord and have no need for a Ferrari. ;)

    For one of my favorite “GNU” artists, check out [www.bradsucks.net]

  30. @sir_eccles: Ripping a CD from the library isn’t any more legal than snatching it off the interwebs… just more stealthy.

    Which doesn’t mean I don’t know people that do it, but I’d hardly call it a “win.”

    http://www.lala.com for the win, perhaps. CDs are about $1.75, and you own them outright.

  31. goodywitch says:

    I get music from street musicians that I like…that counts as purchasing a CD, right?
    Don’t forget that people still like the cover art and the booklet that comes with the CD. When I was a teenager (five years ago) I didn’t buy/download ANY music, I used the radio…I just found a station that I liked.

  32. sir_eccles says:

    @PerpetualCarouse: Strictly speaking yes it isn’t any more legal. But I was thinking along the lines of the taxes I pay that fund libraries that buy stuff to lend out and in some countries pay back a royalty in the form of a “public lending right”.

  33. Gadgetgirl says:

    I haven’t bought a CD in ages…the internet has spoiled me rotten. This is coming from a person who bought albums, records, tapes, singles in both form (with a remix or two), and cds. Like many, I used to spend good money on a cd on the strength of a hit song only to be disappointed when the rest of the cd is garbage. Do that enough and it burns your ass.

    It sort of amuses me nowadays when artists throw in a bonus dvd with their music just to sway you from getting the bootleg for $5 (do folks still pay for mixtapes?)or downloading. Where was all the effort before?

  34. Chigaimasmaro says:

    @Gadgetgirl: I’m in the same boat. I purchased everything from 8-tracks to vinyl records to cassettes to CD’s. The advent of the internet and the wonders of cutting out the garbage tracks and just getting that ONE good song has spoiled me a lot. Almost in a brat like attitude, to where even although all my older stuff is in great condition in my living room its just easier with the music files and a good sounding stereo.

    And with sooo many places to get music from ALL different parts of the world (legally and maybe not so legal) I haven’t touched purchased a physical CD in a long time.

    What the music business is doing with CD’s sounds an awful lot like what the movie industry is doing with DVD’s. Even though Blu-Ray is the new standard and probably the next big market for them, the movie industry is actually STILL trying to PUSH MORE DVD’s. Should just go with the newer format and we’ll buy it all over again like the crazy consumers we are known to be.

  35. SpaceCat85 says:

    I buy lots of CDs…but primarily online, and mostly used copies. Big brick-and-mortar retail chains are continually cutting down on their music selections, and once a singer/band releases a new greatest hits disc, forget about finding their individual albums there again. Don’t even bother with most mall music stores unless you want to fork out $18+ for a CD that can be easily found for $10-15 elsewhere.

    Plus, when you’re looking for something different to listen to and don’t have a good record shop near you, it’s easier to browse for singers/groups you haven’t heard of before online, be it through recommendations on the shopping sites themselves (e.g., Amazon.com) or by poking through related music videos on YouTube to see what you find.

  36. unklegwar says:

    @boxjockey68: after skipping the crap, is there anything left?