How long has it been since you actually went out of your way to go shopping for CDs?
If you’re like me, it’s probably been a while. And if you’re a 20s something or younger, chances are fairly good that you haven’t shopped for CDs in your entire life.
Oh how the Internet (and Apple) has changed things.
Earlier today, as I was cleaning out my desk, I recognized that most of my old CD collection was, well… pretty old.
Then I thought, I haven’t actually purchased a real life, unburned CD since the summer of 1999. Even worse, I’m not 100% sure a pure play “music store” even exists in my local shopping mall.
These days, I rarely pay for music. There are so many ways of getting free music online that it really seems like an unnecessary luxury to buy a physical, pre-burned CD or download a ton of MP3s when you have such a wide variety of cheap (or free) options readily available online.
Especially if you’re the type of person that quickly tires of new songs, and must feed your addiction with a steady stream of new releases. Until the late 1990s, that was a fairly expensive habit to feed.
As for me, my favorite places to find free music are:
As you can probably guess, I don’t have a MP3 player or strap an iPod to my arm while jogging through the neighborhood. Taking music with me wherever I go has never been that important to me, so I haven’t felt the need to make the investment. Not when these cheap alternatives are available, and that old school contraption — your car stereo — is still a semi-decent place to find tunes. That is, of course, if you can suffer through the constant advertisements.
So what about you?
When was the last time you actually shelled out a few bucks to buy a CD? Do you have a better streaming music site than the ones listed above? If so, be sure to leave a comment below.
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