Having still got a radio station library, I kind of have LOTS :-) But do we play them, no not really.
Material comes out at specific times of the year - <cough 208 Anorak Alert> - On Christmas morning we listen to one of the satellite 208 mornings - well it's all wall to wall Christmas Toones. Then we'll have a good blast of more Christmas material.
The annual family barby tends to be a day full of 80s/90s with a smattering of 70s and me trying to plug in new material :-)
That's about it really.
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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