Until joining this forum following major changes to my system, just over two years ago, I thought I had a large music collection consisting of about 500 LPs & a similar number of CDs.
I have been surprised to find my collection, carefully assembled over the past fifty-three years, barely registers as a ‘collection’ among many (the majority?) here.
Being retired I have been able to spend much more time than I was able to in the twenty years prior to retirement. I have enjoyed rediscovering LPs & CDs that I had forgotten about & can honestly say that my library contains very few albums/CDs where I find myself thinking ‘Why on earth did I by that’.
Each disc was carefully purchased, due to lack of funds in the early years, & due to lack of time to listen in later years plus a distinct lack of music that I thought I would like. In spite of having the money in later years I have never really purchased music on the basis ‘I wonder if I would like that?’.
Obviously streaming has somewhat widened my possible choices over the past two years but I have still only purchased less than 20 CDs after hearing them myself via my streamer. Despite the endless possibilities streaming provides, I only usually hear a couple of album tracks (at most) that hold my interest on almost everything I play.
For those of you who measure your collections in thousands of albums:-
How did you come to have huge collections in the first place?
Do you actually know what is in your collections?
How do you listen? I still have dozens of CDs & LPs I still haven’t got around to listening to in a very long time in what I now see as a very small collection.
I assume your listening habits must be very different to mine. Whilst my musical likes have broadened over the years, my core tastes remain as they were when I started collecting. Consequently my Clapton/Pink Floyd/Eagles/Genesis/Dire Straits/Led Zeppelin, et al, discs all still receive regular plays.
Would I be correct in thinking in your collections of thousands you have few favourites so are always listening to ‘new’ music? Or do you, like me, still mainly listen to your favourites & never listen to the majority of your huge collections?
Whatever you do is fine by me, I’m just curious to find how people & what they mainly listen to. Or, am I not actually the music lover I have always assumed I was?