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Cory Doctorow ( @pluralistic ) has a great thread that covers most of why I won't use digital music services, streaming or otherwise, and instead still buy CDs and rip them myself. mamot.fr/@pluralistic/10851670

And I keep them. (I do discard the cases.) One day my kids will be looking at 8 fat CD albums weighing 20 pounds each and wondering what in the hell they are gonna do with them.

But it does mean I have a backup to my backups. Plus I can re-rip to a better format if I ever get the time.

Sad to discard the cases. That's half of the appeal of the physical copy.

@blackmore @pluralistic

They take up too much space when you've got more than a few hundred CDs.

I only toss the plastic jewel cases. I do keep the paper out of the cases and stuff them in the album pockets with the physical CD. So maybe that's what you mean?

@blackmore

Yeah, those are nice. But I'm already deep into the way I'm doing it. Plus I have an endemic lack of space because I keep too much shit around.

You should see my bookshelves…

@jackwilliambell @pluralistic I've noticed that the number of computers that can access CDs, while non-zero, is diminishing.

@jackwilliambell @pluralistic Good to know! Because I also have a pile of CDs, and I access the files through my self-hosted NextCloud instance. However, my computer doesn't have a DVD player anymore. so I haven't been able to get at the originals.

@jackwilliambell @pluralistic

I do the same, but I think Doctorow is a lunatic Communist.

@amerika @pluralistic

Personally I think Cory is not a lunatic and, if he has a clear ideology, it isn't communism in the strictest sense. (Source: Me. I've met Cory and talked at length with him a few times. Was first acquainted with him in the 90's before he published his first novel.)

I believe ideology of any form is a mental trap easily manipulated by bad actors. (See my toots on and .) And Cory is not that easily swayed by people telling him what he wants to hear.

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