With the imminent disappearance of CD players from new vehicles AND the relative scarcity of CD players in current low end sound systems (many/most of them just have docking ports for mp3 players)... it almost seems as if there is a 'conspiracy' to make physical media disappear ASAP.
Once your data is only to be found on some big corporation's server farm, you will own nothing that you have purchased.
You want to debate that, I'm all ears.
Totally agree. I have my books, CD's & DVD's & Blu-rays. Didn't something happen a few years back, when Amazon sucked all the books out of Kindles when people tried to buy a new story. It was a mistake & they put them all back...but it just shows you. Everyone seems so confident about their info on servers, something gonna happen sometime! I keep telling my niece to get some hard copies (prints) of some of the 10,000,000 pictures she's taken of her son.
So in reading through all these replies, while there seems to be an overall preference for the physical media, I'm seeing subtle differences in the reasoning:
1. Folks who want the physical CD medium both as an object itself, in addition to musical/audio reasons; 2. Folks who think that physical media is "safer" and more permanent in the long run; and 3. Folks who may think of giving up on the CD if a digital download format with lossless quality and artwork ever becomes available.
There may even be others between these categories.
There is a potentially dangerous problem growing on the Internet with wasted bandwidth. The idea of many people actually listening to music from the cloud should concern folks. It is already been stated as an issue from services with streaming video. Does your cloud music also stream? Or does it download only once? Maybe it is not a true issue but just something the ISP's like to throw around when they raise their prices.