I haven't been inside of a record store in decades. The last physical media I bought was a vinyl record. CD's were still the norm, but they didn't retain as much value as vinyl records, and then there's the sound quality issue. Records are more tactile, and analog. There's a major difference in the experience of listening to a CD vs. a record. They both have advantages and disadvantages. But I stopped buying records and CDs a long time ago.
Do you still buy CDs or Vinyl Records or other physical media? Which formats and why?
Now a lot of music is able to be consumed digitally (without physical media). Nearly everything is available on the internet, from free YouTube videos, to Spotify or other streaming services, or albums of MP3/FLAC available in various places on the internet (including SAnet).
Often when I listen to music, I'll download YouTube videos (or just the audio), create a playlist, and set it on repeat. I like to check YouTube first because sometimes I want to watch the music video, sometimes I watch the lyrics videos, other times, I just listen to the audio. I haven't listened to physical media in a long time.
How do you regularly consume music these days? Do you download albums (MP3, FLAC, etc.) and listen to them? Stream music? Watch YouTube? Start up the turntables? Power on the CD player? Turn up the car stereo?
Do you have a preference of format (physical media like CDs or records, vs. digital) and why? The main reason I wanted to start this discussion is to get an idea of if people still regularly use physical media in these days when everything is available on the internet. Do you only listen to physical media on rare occasions, or is it the norm for you?