CD or Download

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  • Buzby wrote: »
    Why didn't she re download it again?

    Many sellers don't provide this service. Those that do are very well known indeed, which is why it can potentially be taken for granted...
  • SailorSamSailorSam Forumite
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    I think it may be an age thing, the kids are more likely to download stuff but us oldies prefer 'a proper record'.
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  • Edwardia wrote: »
    My niece downloaded and when her laptop malfunctioned she lost all her music. The household insurance didn't cover her so she had to fork out all over again..

    Me, I buy the CD and rip then keep it safe in case I lose my music.

    Always take a backup of any important data be it music, word docs, pictures etc.
  • KxMxKxMx Forumite
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    I back-up music files either by keeping the original CD or on a USB stick.
  • SaturnaliaSaturnalia Forumite
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    I download, from 7 digital. Though I do occasionally buy a CD, there's something about having something you can physically hold, see, read the booklet & enjoy the cover art.

    I do need to start looking into how to backup & store my downloads collection though, at the mo it's all stored on my computer and probably slowing it down, plus a malfunction could destroy the lot.
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  • MissliMissli Forumite
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    If it's a special edition I love having the physical cd ie: Joy Divisions Heart & Soul boxed set to look at, as well as a handy back-up. It get's ripped once, and then thrown in a drawer, and I just use the mp3 to listen to it.

    Saying that I've just downloaded 2 mp3 albums off Amazon as had some vouchers, and have paid for downloaded albums in the past (haven't lost any yet!). I do buy the hard copy whenever possible though.
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  • MissATMissAT Forumite
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    Edwardia wrote: »
    My niece downloaded and when her laptop malfunctioned she lost all her music. The household insurance didn't cover her so she had to fork out all over again..

    Me, I buy the CD and rip then keep it safe in case I lose my music.

    To stop this happening in the future I would recommend buying a portable harddrive and running a regular back up of all files on your PC. This is especially advisable for downloading music, films, etc.

    Obviously buying a protable harddrive will cost you money, but i think it is a worthwhile investment, just remember to regularly run updates, and never to leave plugged in to your PC for extended lengths of time as if your PC broke/crashed it could corrupt your files.

    Alternatively you could download free cloud storage, such as Google Drive. This software can be dowloaded, but GD usually needs the Crome browser and a Gmail account to function properly.
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    I would agree with MissAT, this is what I do for all my music/videos/photos and so the worry is gone. I have too much to back up to make cloud storage not viable but I keep the hard drive in my drawer at work when it is not backing up as an extra precaution.
  • googlergoogler Forumite
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    If I buy the CD, I can make my own mp3s for mobile devices, and in the event of HDD failure, I can still re-make the mp3s from the CD.

    If and when I start downloading in earnest, it will be of high-resolution audio, not of CD quality.
  • What does most people in this forum use for music?

    That's funny, I was sure more are downloading
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