How often do you file/purge physical copies of music?

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Have just done my first big reorganisation/purge in six years. Every six months or so I have trimmed by selling finished copies at our primary school summer and Christmas fairs, but this time I've had everything out of boxes and off shelves, fully alphabetised it. I've got rid of everything I am sure I will never get round to listening to - approx 700 slipcase promos to the recycling and around 1000 finished copies to get dispense with in giant Ikea bags. The A-list stuff is on the living room shelves, the B-list stuff is in crates.

I feel saddened by the whole process, though my wife is delighted. To my surprise, I discovered I must have had 20 unlistened to albums by Six Organs of Admittance and Jackie-O Motherfucker.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Saturday, 3 November 2012 17:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I file and cull every year during the week of January 1st. I quite look forward to it as I trade stuff in for... new stuff!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 3 November 2012 17:59 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

It's that time of year again... ditching more bootlegs and stuff that just never moved me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink


mark e, Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the current google/amazon fall out, the ongoing issues with spotify rates etc.
i need to keep my hard copies, cos a lot of this stuff is not going to be available via streaming.

mark e, Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Just posted on Twitter/FB that I'm going to spend tonight totally emptying my iPod and re-filling it. Way too much stuff in there that I never actually listen to, but makes it through mini-purge after mini-purge due to name recognition and/or self-delusion ("I'm definitely gonna want to hear that one of these days"). Going back to the absolute essentials.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 31 December 2017 22:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I did purge about 200 items a couple of years ago but I haven't actually sold them all yet cos I just put them on discogs. I put everything in a database and that's apparently out of 4900 so that's not a huge amount of stuff really. I should probably do that again, cos I haven't miss a single one of those 200 even the ones I still have in a pile in my office

Colonel Poo, Monday, 1 January 2018 03:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the only time i listen to cd's is with my son who is enamored with them and likes to bring them to our cd player and put them in himself. he likes the autonomy, and the music, too. so, i've made purges of things that i havent listened to in ages and things i'd rather he not (and by the time he's old enough to he'll be able to stream it, no doubt).

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Monday, 1 January 2018 06:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i still have vinyl records that collect dust. i may purge (via taking to half price books) all but a select few.

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Monday, 1 January 2018 06:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

things my son likes from my contribution to the household album collection: daft punk, zapp, kraftwerk, talking heads
from my wife's: a lot of the monkees

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Monday, 1 January 2018 06:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Organising, I recommend Discogs, plus a nice Qlik front-end I made to filter out stuff I sold

Mark G, Monday, 1 January 2018 10:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(and by the time he's old enough to he'll be able to stream it, no doubt).

plenty of doubt

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Monday, 1 January 2018 11:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i got rid of almost all o fmy cds a few years ago but my vinyl collection ballooned after that to a point where it's taking up too much space. I compulsively buy some fucking albums over and over again in different formats; how many times in my life have I bought Peter Gabriel's 4th album? I need to stop that and pare out the 1/2 of this vinyl lot that I do not and probably will not listen to.

akm, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

never purge, have boxes of CDs with lots of great stuff but i don't have the heart to get rid of. Only exception is when I occasionally gift a cd to someone that means something to me

kolakube (Ross), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:55 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(and by the time he's old enough to he'll be able to stream it, no doubt).

plenty of doubt

― shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Monday, January 1, 2018 5:15 AM (fifteen hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 03:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I have getting on for 4,000 CDs, records, tapes &c. Do you really think most of them are streamable now, let alone in the future as services become more competitive & balkanised?

Haribo Hancock (sic), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 03:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Why are you confusing yourself for m bisons son

brimstead, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 03:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm not?!!

Haribo Hancock (sic), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 06:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Acquisition criteria is much more stringent these days, through economic and temporal necessity - plus wife is v keen on zero waste philosophy right now (I am only quite keen) - there isn't spare cash or enough time to buy like we did five years ago. Even then, we last purged majorly 10 years ago when we moved in together, and sold duplicates.

We bought a multi-room streaming system a year ago, and most of the back catalogue of CDs is in sealed plastic crates in the garage to protect it. We keep all the stuff we buy in any year separate, have done for years, and over the last year that's all stayed out in the livingroom. Filtering it into alphabetised boxes seems like it might be an arsehole, so that will need some thinking!

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 07:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I have a buttload of CDs, been buying them since 1987. I put all of them into what they call CD Wallets (large) on Amazon. And now they fit on a shelf and a half in my bookshelf. I would avoid the largest case they have, a 520 CD behemoth that weights maybe 25 lbs full. But the 280 capacity ones are excellent. If you go this route, don’t get the cheapest cases, they fall apart and rip easily.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 13:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I don't purge CDs but I somewhat reluctantly started purging liner notes after I realized I'd lost or damaged too many of them in various moves.

and yeah, definitely get the heavy-duty canvas cases if you're going to do that, the cheap cases also tend to get damaged during moving

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 16:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I have a few of the book-sized uhaul boxes worth of CDs I probably need to go through and purge. These are CDs that I would need to digitize before thinking of chucking, and the thought of spending hundreds of hours collating these CDs stops me from even starting.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've been ripping and tagging about 2K CDs over the past few months. The repetitive boredom is so deep that I swear I'll never purchase physical media again.

doug watson, Saturday, 13 January 2018 02:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

When we ripped ours we set up a little station in the kitchen, so I’d just rip stuff constantly while making breakfast and dinner.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 13 January 2018 07:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Don't buy more than 10-20 CDs / tape cassettes per year... they're usually researched and deliberated over beforehand, so minimal culling. Been to lazy to try and sell anything lately. Regular Bandcamp purchases (often digital), keep the clutter to a minimum.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 13 January 2018 18:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

^ This has been my method the last few years. I basically just buy 20-30 CDs a year now.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 4 March 2018 00:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

Do you limit yourself or do you only find that many that you want to own?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 4 March 2018 01:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

(a few months later -- apologies) I use streaming services to narrow down my purchases. I kind of have a loose rule of roughly 70%-or-better ratio to buying the album as a CD or just a handful of songs.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.