During my college years from 1999 to 2004, I spent hours in used music stores, looking for a good deal. With the advent and proliferation of iPods and MP3 players, are they useful anymore? I will make a case that they are useful, and that they can offer hours of high quality entertainment for a great price.
Even though most college students now have extensive MP3 collections, CDs still come in very handy. It is nice to touch and feel the final product, as well as view the cover art. There is nothing quite like shuffling a collection of used CDs by your favorite artist, looking for that special album.
It is also great to explore the racks looking for something new to experience. With MP3s and iTunes, whether purchased legally or downloaded illegally, you can search for music similar to tracks you love, but there is still nothing like holding the final product in your hand, and rushing back to your dorm room to listen to your new CD with your friends.
In many of the used music stores I frequented in East Lansing (mostly from 1999 to 2001), you had the ability to listen to the CD before you even purchased it. In addition, the stores also sold vinyl, as in records (or as my Mom’s kindergarten students call them, big CDs).
They are designed for the music buff, and provide much more of a personal experience than the mega-music stores such as Virgin Records or Best Buy. In other words, there is much more value added in the used CD store than in the big box stores. Ironically, you’d end up getting much more for your money even if the prices were the same.
In almost every case, the friendly local used CD store, no matter where it is located, is much less expensive than the traditional box store, purchasing songs on-line, or buying CDs on-line. This is great for anyone’s pocket, even if you aren’t a college student anymore.
If you truly love music, and all different kinds of music, as I do, this can really add up over the years. Why line the pockets of the record industry executives? It is only the established artists that truly make a lot of money from their music.
Another wonderful aspect of the used CD store is that they are normally in the market for quality used CDs. Do you have a CD that you now regret purchasing? No problem. If it is still in good condition, you can sell it! In this way, you can easily build the music collection that you truly want. There is no waste.
If you are a true music lover who loves actually touching, cataloging, and seeing the actual product, head over to your nearest used CD store. This doesn’t mean that you can’t build an electronic music collection as well.
It just means that you value the actual product as well. In most cases, you will be surprised at the quality, professionalism, and service. It will be an experience you will never forget.