Mainly vinyl, a smaller collection of shellac, quite a lot of CDs all loaded lossless onto a harddrive.
Also stream Pandora & Amazon music.
Stephen Stills Radio on Pandora is a favorite lately when driving or not downstairs where my sound system is set up.
Loads of physical copies in a dozen formats (including the normal to the very unusual and limited access DVD-Audio, SACD, etc.)… However, the majority of playtime goes to FLACs on my own server. For some instances where I want a wider variety I use streaming services to bolster the selection on newer titles.
Pretty much all of the above (except the wax cylinders). If I already have something in one format, I don’t tend to duplicate it in another, when there are so many others that I can buy that I don’t already have. And I don’t mind listening to the radio or to some streaming.
My hearing is not that good anymore anyway, that I feel I need to upgrade on something I already have.
My vinyl (200+) sits on a closet, stacked in cases. The cassettes (150+) are in cassette boxes on top of them. Most of my CDs (400+) are in a cabinet next to my guitars. The rest (100+) in CD cases on a bookcase. Did I say that my ex worked for a music distributor?
I miss music. Spotify kind of destroyed it for me then I mostly stopped listening. Spotify and headphone issues.
Hopefully I can get back into music via mainly non-streaming sources of recommendation. Get a primarily CD-based approach going (ripped to mp3 and flac). Broader catalog that way, songs don’t disappear on you, more of a tendency toward deliberate acquisition I think, and physical artifacts are neat.
a combination i guess. i do still have a couple huge books of cds, i also have a small stack of cassette tapes, and quite a lot of music on a rather ancient (over 15 years old) ipod - to which the matching files n physical media is long gone, so it only exists there. not to mention my father’s large collection of lps, 45s, etc that he occasionally and usually facetiously refers to as my inheritance.
and i guess in a way, much of it exists in my mind. i have to admit everything i listed i almost never use. if i remember a song i want to hear i’ll ask alexa to play it or look it up on youtube. i used to be really into/obsessed with collecting and organizing physical media, going to a record store on release day - hell even being aware of what was being released! or sitting by the radio with a blank tape in the player ready to hit record, and later in life would spend hours in napster or limewire, or burning cds…i don’t know what happened really. (it’s not streaming stuff since i don’t really use it. i mostly watch tv or, in the car i listen to the radio.) depression induced apathy maybe? lifestyle? i don’t know.
While I mostly listen to music either a flash drive in my car or on my Sansa when I am walking, I still have a huge vinyl and CD collection. Even though I am no longer actively purchasing vinyl, I enjoy going thru the racks at record stores.
One little oddity, even now, Amazon sometimes sells the CD at the same price as the MP3 album – and the CD includes a digital download. On rare occasions, the CD + MP3 is even cheaper than just the MP3. The CD really isn’t necessary, but I still find myself going that route.
All the music I own is ripped to 320kbps VBR MP3 format from CDs that I have sitting in boxes in my basement. The music files are on my Synology NAS but never get played from there; they are uploaded to YouTube Music and if I want to listen to my own music I do it from there.
Back when I was buying music I also scanned every single CD cover so I could embed the album art into the MP3 file. Then I offered it all up to the world for people who were looking for nicely scanned music by creating an online gallery of the album art. Why do all that work without sharing it with others right?
Nowadays I don’t buy music any more. After years of resisting streaming services because I wanted to own my music and also support the artists by purchasing the CD, I finally caved because it’s just too good of a deal to have all that music at your disposal for a small fee. I do wish streaming services paid artists more, though because of the Internet taking down barriers I have been exposed to more small indy artists that ever before, so the Internet both giveth and taketh away. I listen to a lot of music on YouTube now, and subscribe to YouTube music.
All of the above. I do some DJing (Ibelong to a couple music pools), so the vast majority is in digital format (mp3, aac, wave) … now close to 4Tb. But I use Spotify in the car, and I have an LP collection and a new turntable. I have 100s of CDs, but generally only play the ripped versions.
All over the place. Between husband and me, we probably have 2000+ CDs, most of which lives in the basement and many of which we’ll never listen to again in any format. Maybe 500 LPs. Two streaming services, Bandcamp, a bunch of hard drives, some thumb drives… everywhere.
The city dump.
Had a couple hundred albums get wet when th stuff ife shop flooded years ago. Didn’t get out to get them out of the water fast enough and all the covers got wet and the liners stuck to the discs. Trashed them all. I was heartbroken…
Now my CDs are in the den and the digital stuff is in my computer and my Sansa clips.