I probably have about 70,000 tracks collected over the last 11 years or so. Yep most I'll never play, but I DJ now and again here and there. I remember during a charity Help For Heroes night, I was taking £1 donations for requests. One guy came up and asked me for Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs, saying he would give me 2 quid if I played it. Who? I asked, he turned round to his missus and said "I told you he wouldn't have it!" I replied that "I've never heard of it doesn't mean I don't have it!" Luckily I was able to make another 2 quid for H4H. I tend to have all the old stuff I need, my collection only seems to grow now with new stuff that I need to carry.
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I can see the case for streaming music - it appeals to the Geek in me - but....
As has been stated - quality of audio is an issue. I enjoy listening on a high-ish end set of speakers - and there are some truly terrible copies of audio floating around the cyber world - it takes time to seek out and store good clean audio copies, and importantly, at a high sample rate. Also, audio levels are all over the place - I like to have known levels - EQ is often tweekable to improve a track, sometimes a bit of limiting can improve the punch - in other words - I fart around with every track in my collection to try and eek out that little bit extra.
Storage is so cost effective these days - why not collect stuff? - I see both ways being used by me - but I certainly won't be dropping my collection any time soon....
PS: I don't have a zillion tracks (about 6,000ish) people who quote having 100s of thousands of tracks must surely have loads of crud in their collections? How many "good" tracks are there? - I have stuff in my collection I will probably never play - but keep them "just in case".
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