I am. Hell, yeah. I’ll go into a record store and pick up a CD, a box set or a piece of vinyl and then neglect to listen to them.
Hardcore collectors will understand this. The thrill is in the acquisition of the prize and the knowledge that you have physical custody of it for all time. Some might call that “hoarding,” but I call it “collecting.”
In other cases, I buy the physical artifact because I want to support the artist. Chances are I already have access to tons of their digital stuff, but I’m willing to throw the artist (or the retailer) a few bones just because I want to help out.
And then there are the times when I just plain forget that I bought something. If your music collection is sufficiently large enough, I know you’ve accidentally bought the same CD at least twice. I have.
But that’s not to say that I never listen to these purchases–I do. To some of them.
But I’m not alone. A new survey out of the UK says that 26% of young people in that country purchase music in physical formats don’t buy to listen. They just want to possess. To collect. To hold on to.
Any of this sound familiar to you? Read more at Hypebot.