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Poll: How many (real) CDs do you own?

0-10 3 (3%)
10-25 4 (4%)
25-50 4 (4%)
50-100 13 (13%)
100-200 28 (29%)
200-500 30 (31%)
500+ 15 (15%)
Just a bunch of burned ones. 1 (1%)
   Discussion: How many (real) CDs do you own?
Josh Woodward · 17 years, 4 months ago
That's my best guess. Lots of CDs before I started my boycott of the major labels a few years ago. Now just a trickle of the small-label artists I like.
Andrea Krause · 17 years, 4 months ago

Somewhere above 900. I don't even want to think about how much money that represents.

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 4 months ago

Oh and that doesn't take into account that our apartment also contains Paul's CDs and he probably has around the same amount if not more.

stealthlori Back · 17 years, 4 months ago

And how many of the Paul-and-Andrea collection are duplicates?    

What I hate is owning so many that I forget what I have, and buy it again.  Or I buy one at a festival, and then Steve goes to the merch tent the next day and buys the same thing. 

I just thank all the powers that be that we no longer have to rely on LP format .  If I had as many LPs as I do CDs, I wouldn't be able to move in my living room.

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 4 months ago

Surprisingly few, but that has a lot to do with the fact that he ran in totally different music circles than I did before he knew me. :)

Now when I was with OldPaul, there were insane numbers of duplicates. :)

dave "buh" Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
Dah, I just did that the other day. (buying a cd I already had). sux0rs!
emilie is CRANKY · 17 years, 4 months ago
where's the 'not enough' option? ;)
goovie is married! · 17 years, 4 months ago
i lost count a few years ago. i know that our combined cd collection is large enough that it scares house guests. :)
It's a girl! Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
 I think I have about fifty-- including mix ones, but Andy just moved in his 400 plus collection, which for me means I'm set for life and for him means he's set for a month!
dave "buh" · 17 years, 4 months ago
but stopped around 1999. At that time I had 747 entries on the list. Dunno what it would be at now!
ChrisChin is Getting Old · 17 years, 4 months ago
I would say I own about 500 or so legal CDs...but it could be more.  I lost track years ago.  Most of them are stored in big shoeboxes and at various shelving spaces located throughout my bedroom.  I have a stack of CDs that are still in their original shrink wrap.  My tastes have varied widely over the years and perhaps one day I'll trace the evolution of my CDs and actually count them...but for now I'll just choose to remain in ignorance over how much money I have spent on music all these years.
Adam Hartfield · 17 years, 4 months ago

....was a good year to stop inventorying CDs:

dave "buh" Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
I still keep track of what's in my cd changer even if I don't have a master list.
sheryls · 17 years, 4 months ago

i'd say closer to 250 or so - that range is pretty big there.

alot of it is my old obsessions - depeche mode, the cure, the violent femmes, etc - the rest is all James and an assortment of one-hit-wonders :D

Gordondon son of Ethelred · 17 years, 4 months ago
I used to catalogue all my CDs but the program screwed up and I lost most of the data. I figure I have somewhere between 800 and 900. I must have gotten at least 100 free CDs from WFUV over the years, maybe twice that many. I rarely buy retail CDs from a store. I either buy used CDs or buy them at shows.
Yvonne · 17 years, 4 months ago

I've got about 200 or so.  Think of all that money I could have sitting in a savings account, but instead it's sitting in a CD tower.  Dammit...

I love music, though.  :)

Melinda J. Beasi · 17 years, 4 months ago
Paul and I together have over 1500.
Phoenix · 17 years, 4 months ago
lots of CDs. And I have LPs, too. But I've definitely lost track. I really don't want to do a hand recount (which would be really needed). However during the last months I've tried to clean up my CD collection - selling/giving away older stuff.
Uh, word up?? · 17 years, 4 months ago
I'm the only one who entered in my poll choice as <10 crazy
Talcott · 17 years, 4 months ago
I was just over 200. Now that I'm less than a mile from a great used CD store, I'm up to an album or two a week.

I've noticed that at 200 I seem to get two reactions.

1: Why do you have so many CDs? You don't actually listen to all of them do you?
2: What? That's it? I thought you said you had a lot.

nate... · 17 years, 4 months ago
I find it interesting that the peak of the curve is 200-500!

We really are a bunch of music nuts, eh?
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
I think part of that might be sample bias. The people with the large collections are more likely to vote in this poll.
Josh Woodward Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
I'm not sure on that - the number of people voting on this one is pretty high, and we tend to get 80%ish of the people who see polls to vote on 'em..
Kat Kunz · 17 years, 4 months ago

definitely 500+, though i have no idea how many i actually have.  my "active" binder holds 250; i have two "less than active" binders of 200 apiece, and stacks of caseless CDs/empty cases that need to be reunited... not to mention the 500 or so CDs i brought home from WYBC's folk music library when the station moved in summer 2001.  i really need to either sell or dump many of these that i'm not listening to/may never listen to again...  but it's a terrifying endeavor, and i'm not quite ready to embark upon it yet. 

i should embrace the downloading culture--it's cheaper, and in many ways more rewarding, b/c you get the songs you want without a lot of album filler you don't.  but i still love the idea of an album, and i still have faith that the artists i like will put out an album's worth of material i'll enjoy.  sigh.

Josh Woodward Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
> you get the songs you want without a lot of album filler

I couldn't go that route. I always download and listen to full albums because I'm one of those geeks who needs context. I have a jukebox that I use now and then, but for serious music listening, it's all about the albums.
nate... Back · 17 years, 4 months ago
I agree completely.

I've even gone so far as to download every track from an album... put them in order.. and burn to disc... and STILL buy the actual album.


mp3's are just... not the same.. you lose the spirit... the energy.. the "whole package".

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