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Topic: Is it still worth having your own music collection in the era of streaming? (Read 361 times) previous topic - next topic
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Is it still worth having your own music collection in the era of streaming?

Hello,
I have a lot CDs at home I collected over the years and I thought about converting all of them to FLAC. However, I read on certain websites that converting CDs is now considered an outdated method of listening  to music. I know that FLAC is future-proof because it is an open and documented format and even if there are no big differences between MP3 320kbp and FLAC in terms of sound, I think from an archival standpoint FLAC makes more sense. Do you still collect CDs and archive them on your computer? or you are just using the streaming services now?

Re: Is it still worth having your own music collection in the era of streaming?

Reply #1
As this an audio enthusiasts' enclave, you will probably a lot of confirmation for sticking with your own physical/ripped FLAC collection. (As I am mainting one myself.)

But in the end, this is not something where you should be taking the advice of random strangers too seriously. After all, this is a hobby, and you should follow your own preferences. Some take joy in meticulously tagging, rating and filing our files. Others prefer the no-fuss streaming experience that saves them hours of crate digging.

For "important" releases, I invest into a physical copy, either CD or sometimes vinyl (not playback, more for the large cover art print), just to be able to showcase and handle the object. Do you need any of this? Only you can decide that.

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Reply #2
this is a hobby, and you should follow your own preferences. Some take joy in meticulously tagging, rating and filing our files.

This.

I may be old school but like to have music files on local disk. Never used any of streaming services and I probably won't use it. I like having my own music collection and ability to have full control of files, like to move, copy, rename, transfer, tag, is a big plus for me.
foobar2000 plays music

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Reply #3
I definitely find CD's and rip them to FLAC, because then I can convert to any format I want for any reason I want, and I can also do whatever when I have the true audio data in my possession.
Don't think it's outdated at all when the sound can still be excellent (depending on the mastering and original recording), plus when you rip it you can have it anywhere.

But as others have said, do what you will.

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Reply #4
I still buy CDs and rip them to FLAC.  I sometimes use streaming services to check out new music, but I often find that albums can be mislabeled, incomplete, or disappear from the service.  With music from my own collection, I never have to worry about listening to music interrupted by ads or needing an Internet connection (on the go).

 

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Reply #5
I collect FLAC files and store them on my PC. Not a whole album but the music I love the most. I still have a subscription to Deezer/Tidal/Qobuz.
Collecting FLAC files is a hobby for me.
In 2019, I created 20+ playlists on my Deezer account. After a year I don't find some songs from those playlists. Deezer removed some songs for some reason. The same thing happened to me with my Tidal playlist in 2018.
That is why I collect all the songs I love.

Right now no giant corporation uses MP3 anymore. Like YouTube uses Opus (160kbps). Spotify uses (Vorbis 320kbps & FLAC), Facebook uses Vorbis (110kbps), Deezer and Tidal use FLAC.

I was using Qaac (q127) for daily listening but I've started to listen to Opus (vbr 320). That's the advantage of collecting FLAC. I can convert them to whatever codec I want and save some space on my phone.