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5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Mar 8th, 2018 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

With Target and Best Buy discontinuing the sale of CDs, there are very few places to buy new CD releases now.

The "new" Hendrix album comes out tomorrow. I guess Barnes & Noble or one of the indie record shops are the only places that may have copies.

ps - The vast majority of the new music I purchase is via iTunes downloads. However, some albums "need" to be owned on CD.

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Mar 8th, 2018 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still buy CDs, and use Amazon via the FDP link. But then I'm 2 hrs. away from the nearest Target.

Amazon has my musical tastes pinpointed and they let me know when something I like is being released. For instance, they really want me to buy the new Chris Hillman CD and have reminded me several times that it's available.

Diabolical.

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Mar 8th, 2018 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just burn my own from my i-Tunes library. Really should buy a decent i-Pod, but I just don't seem to get around to it (lazy and other $ priorities). Still haul the CDs I burn around in my truck but also think of them as being my i-Tunes "back up".

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Mar 8th, 2018 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup, I have always used Amazon or Target. Now I'll use Amazon.

It does cost a little extra (at least for non-Prime people, not sure about Prime), but you can get it delivered on the release date if you so choose.

Not the same as going into the store and picking it up, which for years was a favorite activity of mine, but it is what it is.

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Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Mar 8th, 2018 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you don't mind buying used CDs, try shopping in line at "Second Spin". Amazon will probably be the last place to offer CDs aside from the artists website.

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GospelBilly!
Mar 8th, 2018 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Amazon as well, but I miss going to an actual STORE.

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Mar 8th, 2018 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Amazon. If possible, and much preferable, direct from the artist's record company, since many are now on small labels.

I'm waiting for Amazon to set up virtual stores to "experience" with your VR goggles.

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Mar 8th, 2018 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I use Amazon as well, but I miss going to an actual STORE."

I agree. We had a local shop that would put new releases out as soon as they received them, typically a week before the actual release date. In high school, when something good was coming out, carloads of us would go there after school and we'd each buy a copy.

Receipts were handwritten on paper tickets, and as we were all in high school, it was all cash anyway. I assume they just reported them as being sold the following week and nobody was any wiser.

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Mar 8th, 2018 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A few decades ago I regularly haunted the used CD stores. Are any of those still around?

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Smith, Wesson and me.
Mar 8th, 2018 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe the dreaded Wally World still sells CDs.

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Mar 8th, 2018 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's kinda sad that there are folks that have never experienced what it was like to visit Tower Records on a Tuesday, the day new music arrived at the store.

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Mar 8th, 2018 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do most of my record shopping online, but will visit good record stores.

The thing is more that CDs are on the decline and record stores have been more successful with vinyl and its accompanying higher price point.

You're just shopping the wrong format. ;-)

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Idaho, USA

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Mar 8th, 2018 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've quit buying CDs and stream from various sources now. I have no itunes library and avoid that side of Apple's empire.

What I miss is the Tower locations on Watt avenue and Broadway (Sacramento). Locally, there are fewer and fewer items I want to own that are available in any stores here. I spend most of my discretionary funds online, not in local stores (especially places like Target and Walmart though my wife makes up for my abandonment of Target).

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Mar 8th, 2018 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^^ Yep. We still have a couple of chains in the area -- Newbury Comics and FYE that sell CDs.

The last time I was in Newbury Comics, I was surprised to see that they had many more vinyl LPs than CDs -- times are a changin' -- backwards (or for the better).

There are many thrift stores around that sell used CDs -- I rarely go to one without picking up a few.

But the artist's website is where I go for anything new -- but I always opt for the LP if they make it available (and it always comes with a digital download).

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Mar 8th, 2018 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hear used CDs are taking of with trendy fifty somethings.

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Mar 8th, 2018 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't bought a CD or Album in at least 20 years.

I haven't bought any recorded music in at least that long.

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Hemet, SoCal

I detect the El Supremo
Mar 8th, 2018 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There was a Tower Records in Austin that was 3 stories high. We'd drop a bundle in there everytime we visited. It's long gone now 😪

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Mar 8th, 2018 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just listen to my transistor radio and hold my cassette recorder up to the little speaker on songs I like.

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Mar 9th, 2018 05:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I miss shopping for vinyl records like I used to do in the '70s and '80s. It like being an art connoisseur. A lot of work went into the design of many of the LPs.

Plus, a lot of them had credits on the back so you could see who played on the album. (No, I'm not talking about the main artist.)

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Mar 9th, 2018 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Having been a consumer of recorded music for over 55 years, hanging out in record (then) stores I'm saddened by this as I've seen the Indy stores go out of business over the last 20 years. I,like many of you,enjoyed perusing the racks, getting to know the store owners and employees, and discussing new releases and old favorites in the "back room". Cheapo Records is still in existence in Minneapolis, walking distance from my son's house, and I visit every time I'm in town, but the thrill is gone. I only buy cds now if they are not available as mp3s or whatever the new format is.

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