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Old 03-06-2009, 10:16 PM   #1
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Are you neglecting your album art/inserts since the arrival of MP3 players?

Ive just been going on a lossless spree, re-ripping my U2 cds. And I noticed that the booklets pre-HTDAAB are all well fingered and dented. I remember most of the pages and stuff, and it only just dawned on me how much I looked at the insert and box in general before I had a computer or MP3 player. Which was a lot evidently, as it was one of my only sources of U2 pics.

Do you think you pay less attention to the physical package these days?
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I absolutely refuse to listen to NLOTH on my iPod, now that I've started driving to school (yay for teenage wasteland) and listening to it on my car's speakers... the mp3s sounded great, and the CD sounds better. I'm afraid to listen to anything else on those speakers, because I'd realize what I'm missing and end up ditching the damn iPod altogether, except when it's plugged into the car.

I need to get some audiophile headphones eventually. Any suggestions?
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Do you look at the insert and stuff a lot?
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Ive just been going on a lossless spree, re-ripping my U2 cds. And I noticed that the booklets pre-HTDAAB are all well fingered and dented. I remember most of the pages and stuff, and it only just dawned on me how much I looked at the insert and box in general before I had a computer or MP3 player. Which was a lot evidently, as it was one of my only sources of U2 pics.

Do you think you pay less attention to the physical package these days?

I definitely do, which is one reason why I regretfully bought the NLOTH digi-pack instead of the boxset. I still prefer buying the physical cd over buying a full album off iTunes, but once I rip, I rarely touch the cds unless I wanna put one in my truck's cd player.

I can't go a day without my iPod, but I do miss the old days of browsing through my cds.
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I always rip albums on my ipod. When I got the new album I ripped it to my ipod first thing so I can take it to class with me
Other then that I'm finding myself listening to this glorious album on my stereo at home or in the car
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I probably should have named this thread differently, I intended it to be more about the actual album art/artwork than music formats.

Can a mod rename it to what I titled the first post?
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Do you look at the insert and stuff a lot?
I do a decent bit if I'm listening to an album at home, especially on CD. I love the complete album experience.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:08 PM   #8
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I probably should have named this thread differently, I intended it to be more about the actual album art/artwork than music formats.

Can a mod rename it to what I titled the first post?
Sorry, that's probably my fault.
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Neh, I should have worded it better. If I was replying I'd have thought about music formats too.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:32 PM   #10
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I still definitely enjoy the packaging and artwork, but I kind of have so many of my booklets memorized that I don't look as much as I used to.
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I still love looking at the artwork and reading the lyrics from the booklet in all of my cd's. I just love the smell of the booklet as well. I don't think I will ever stop buying cd's. Downloading an album off itunes just doesn't have that same magic as buying a cd in the store and rushing to your car to play it while going over the album booklet in minute detail
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:45 AM   #12
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Speaking as someone involved in design.. I think U2 always makes a good point of carrying out their "album theme" graphically and visually. For those of us who are into it, U2 usually gives us some really good visuals to enjoy - so yes, I always dig into the packaging.

One of my favorite, FAVORITE things in life used to be tearing open the cellophane cover on a new album and getting into the visual experience. It was art. It was a feeling. It was a statement. And sometimes, a handy tool for... well, if don't know the advantages of a gatefold album cover, then never mind.. That said, it's not a rule for me anymore.

However, I guess in general I do neglect the visual side of music packaging these days. In the age of digital music, the "album cover" has become extinct, unsurprisingly. That's OK, I'm not stuck in the past... but U2 occupies such a significant part of my musical history, that I want the tangible, printed work to go along with my music. I LOVE the coffee table book "U2 Show," as well as Anton Corbijn's book U2 by U2. Up til Joshua Tree, I have everything on vinyl - now framed in those neato little album frames for my office walls. I hope it's not a completely dead art (look what Björk has done with video vlips and corresponding content), but alas, I think it's (mostly) already gone.
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Nope. I listen to cd's still and always will as long as their available. I like to keep 3 or 4 albums in my car. I listen to albums not songs. When something is in my car that's what I want to listen to. It might sound weird but I don't like having my entire music collection at the click of a button. I'm not saying this applies to any of you but I know for fact I appreciate the music I listen to more than my friends appreciate their music. I find having a loaded mp3 player has a tendency to make people take the music for granted.

I believe cd's also had that impact on alot of people. The ease of which people are able to switch songs does make people take songs and albums for granted. No word of a lie I had a buddy who back in the day bought Appetite for Destruction on disc. he had it for ever, was alwasy playing in his car. One day I was sitting in his car while he was paying for the gas. I switched it to Rocket Queen(song #12) on AFD. He got back in the car and said, and I quote: "What the fuck is this?" I looked at him like he was on crack. "It's Rocket Queen" I said. He had no idea what Rocket Queen was cause he had never listened past song #9, Sweet Child O' Mine. It was too damn easy for him to hear SCOM and then immediatley switch back to, according to him, "song #1" , Welcome to the Jungle and start all over. I found that ridiculous but I soon realized he wasn't the only person who treated cd's like this. Before downloading people would buy cd's and ignore the album cause cd's allowed them to flip through the hits they've heard on radio instantly. If cd's had this type of impact it's only natural that mp3 players have had an even bigger impact in this regard. Sad really.
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I still love looking at the artwork and reading the lyrics from the booklet in all of my cd's. I just love the smell of the booklet as well. I don't think I will ever stop buying cd's. Downloading an album off itunes just doesn't have that same magic as buying a cd in the store and rushing to your car to play it while going over the album booklet in minute detail
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maybe its my age (bonofied 80's chick here) but I just adore the whole ritual of actually physically opening a cd (if I had my way it would actually still be albums, but ), that whiff of plasticy smell, smooth, shiny cool cover, pretty booklets whose pages make a lightly hissing sound as you peel them back for the first time . . . the absolute glory of putting said cd into a player and revelling in the whole words, music, images thing

so the short answer to the original question is

no I don't neglect my cd inserts



and interestingly my little people, who are just discovering their own worlds of music like the cds and booklets better too
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I pretty much ignored the actually question and focused just on how I listen to my music Sorry.

To answer the question: No I don't ignore the booklet
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:08 AM   #16
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I wouldn't have bought the boxset if I was going to neglect the artwork!
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^ well, maybe you would . . . I have a friend who has ordered every box set available but doesn't actually open them not sure if they are actually all still in plastic or not though but they are pristine (in comparison to mine which get thumbed and drooled over on a regular basis:whistle. . . downloads all the bells and whistles from itunes and listens via ipod . . .
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Is your friend saving them to sell them later or so?
I open it the moment I get home, then carefully put it away later. And when I'm in the mood I get it again and look at the booklet again, check the liner notes, that kinda thing.. I'm very careful with stuff though, all U2 cds/dvds/whatevers I have are in pristine condition except for the UABRS vinyl, but that's how I got it. I'm a huge chaotic, but with this stuff and electronics I'm a neatfreak!
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For me, I spend a lot less time with the liners from U2's new records, but not from records, in general. I didn't have an player (or even a new enough computer to house s) until 2005, and I never spent any time with the liners from either All That You Can't Leave Behind or How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb...because I thought that they sucked! Good liners still captivate, regardless of the dominant listening format.
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As I listened to the album for the first time I was going through all the pages with lyrics, reading them. And sometimes I just need to take the album package into my hands and I'm relishing browsing through the booklet, looking at the photos and artwork. So Im not neglecting the artwork and CD package. On the contrary, I think I've been giving more attention to it since I've had mp3 player.
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