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    I have removed all my CDs from their plastic cases, along with all the artwork and booklet, and put them in plastic bags of the correct size. And put them all in file boxes with sliding drawers.

    My collection of 1000's of CDs, now takes up a fraction of its previous space.

    So much better. I'll never have large physical storage again.

    The only drawback is, I am less likely to come across something, serendipitously, that I may decide to listen to.
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    I've been having that exact problem trying to post in this thread. All my photos are sideways for some reason, and nothing I try fixes them.
    This happens to me in another forum- I've found if you crop the pic before uploading, even just a tiny bit, it works. Try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon moon View Post
    I have removed all my CDs from their plastic cases, along with all the artwork and booklet, and put them in plastic bags of the correct size. And put them all in file boxes with sliding drawers.

    My collection of 1000's of CDs, now takes up a fraction of its previous space.

    So much better. I'll never have large physical storage again.

    The only drawback is, I am less likely to come across something, serendipitously, that I may decide to listen to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured View Post
    Yeah but what's the point of gluttony if you don't show it off?
    Yes, I like it people enter my living-room and look surprised at my CD-collection.

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    I think we are all reaching the point in which it is getting too hard and frustrating to find what to do with such a large CD collection (that most of us have over 2000 or more).

    Mine is about 2000+: I relocated back to Canada from Texas in 2017 and had to leave about half of it in a storage space and now, I might as well leave it for the storage wars bidders. It is getting to be a huge burden and not sure if it is worth the monthly rent that keeps building and draining my savings too.

    I read this article a few weeks ago about the CD clutter and how it becomes a huge burden for all of us music and CD lovers. Let's face it, CDs are becoming obsolete and in the near future will face the same fate as did with laser discs, audio cassettes and VHS. You'll find this article helpful on how to cope with a reality that is creeping upon us and is unavoidable:

    https://montrealgazette.com/entertai...but-liberating

    Cheers CD lovers!
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    Getting rid of my CD's?
    Over my dead body.
    No difference with vinyl in my opinion. I value both in the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Getting rid of my CD's?
    Over my dead body.
    No difference with vinyl in my opinion. I value both in the same way.
    Have you ever asked or talked about what will your closest family members do with your CD collection after you die?
    Mine said they will donate them to the local library or sell them to a store like Half price books (in America not Holland) that sells used CDs and Books.
    You might want to ask them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajaz View Post
    ...in the near future will face the same fate as did with laser discs, audio cassettes and VHS.
    And vinyl?

    I'm really not ready to give up my CDs. In many ways I like the idea of getting rid of the cases. At least in terms of taking up much less space and being able to store in nice, neat boxes. But I really dislike the idea of not being able to easily browse the collection. Which probably makes no rational sense since I rip everything to my computer and browse via iTunes 99.9% of the time. Browsing iTunes also has it's own limitations. It's like browsing an encyclopedia. You don't really see everything in the encyclopedia by flipping through a few pages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajaz View Post
    Have you ever asked or talked about what will your closest family members do with your CD collection after you die?
    Mine said they will donate them to the local library or sell them to a store like Half price books (in America not Holland) that sells used CDs and Books.
    You might want to ask them...
    If my dad dies, I suppose I leave his CD's to a friend of his, who likes the same music my dad does. If I die, well, why should I worry about that? No family-members I have any contact with, will be alive when that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Yes, I like it people enter my living-room and look surprised at my CD-collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    And vinyl?

    I'm really not ready to give up my CDs. In many ways I like the idea of getting rid of the cases.
    I got rid of my cases years ago and bought loose-leaf binders and plastic sheets that hold 4 CD's per page on one side and CD covers on the other. The problem is that the CD covers usually fit nicely, but the jewel-case backs do not and I ended up folding them to fit which is a bit messy.. Also mini-LP CD and other non-jewel case packaging are problematic and usually do not fit. Anyway, the result is that I have a single media/bookcase full of CD binders organized by genre which are easy to flip through and still shelves of non jewel-case CDs, box sets etc. Not sure I would do it again if I could go back in time. For one thing, I rarely leaf through the binders since I have ripped them to FLAC files. But it is a reasonable option.

    So the result is I have roughly as big a collection as Rarebird, but the CDs in the binders fit into one tall and fairly narrow shelf unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    This happens to me in another forum- I've found if you crop the pic before uploading, even just a tiny bit, it works. Try that.
    Thank you for that tip, it did the trick!

    I love seeing other people's collections. I am not a handyman, I wish I could build my own shelves like some of you are able to do. IKEA assembly is about the extent of my abilities in that regard (and even then, there's a lot of sweating and grumbling), so that's the route for me. My first one was this 900 CD capacity shelf I bought about 20 years ago. It came with sliding doors on each shelf, but I tossed those, I like to see the whole collection at once.

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    ...because they discontinued that one, I had to start buying the Benno/Gnedby ones mentioned upthread. I like how they can be easily adjusted for size, which I've done with the sixth one in this photo, to accommodate some boxed sets and DVDs. If set up for CDs only, the capacity is 180 each. As you can see, I connected the first two with the joiner, and then got lazy with the rest as I bought them individually. They do look a bit sloppy free-standing like that, maybe one day I'll fix that!

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    I also grabbed these from a garage sale for ten bucks. 250 capacity each, and they were already assembled:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Yes, I like it people enter my living-room and look surprised at my CD-collection.
    The reaction I get is usually less "surprise" and more one of "shock."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajaz
    Let's face it, CDs are becoming obsolete and in the near future will face the same fate as did with LPs, laser discs, audio cassettes and VHS.
    Not in *MY* household.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured View Post
    I found one of those towers in a thrift store. Where did you buy them?


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    Ikea. The black ones are the new Gnedby, the lighter ones the older Benno, which is no longer available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    If my dad dies, I suppose I leave his CD's to a friend of his, who likes the same music my dad does. If I die, well, why should I worry about that? No family-members I have any contact with, will be alive when that happens.
    "If" your dad dies? Does he know something we don't???

    To your other point, a person can't / shouldn't worry about the ultimate disposition of his or her own collection. It's for you, you enjoy it while you're alive. Maybe if it was a collection of skate boards or mountain-climbing gear you'd reach a point where you can no longer enjoy the collection, but not music. Not wine. Not art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    "If" your dad dies? Does he know something we don't???

    To your other point, a person can't / shouldn't worry about the ultimate disposition of his or her own collection. It's for you, you enjoy it while you're alive. Maybe if it was a collection of skate boards or mountain-climbing gear you'd reach a point where you can no longer enjoy the collection, but not music. Not wine. Not art.
    I sometimes tend to use the wrong words. Of course I ment: 'when my dad dies'. I don't expect him to live forever. Hope he will make to 100.

    I might turn deaf, which would diminish the worth of my collection for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    I might turn deaf, which would diminish the worth of my collection for me.
    That's another good reason for not going 100% digital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    The reaction I get is usually less "surprise" and more one of "shock."
    Roughly similar to the reaction you might get if someone discovered a human head in your freezer.
    Just sitting at home rocking back and forth and jealously caressing my invisible collection of theoretical assets.

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    I have one of those too. A couple, in fact -- and sundry other body parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    To your other point, a person can't / shouldn't worry about the ultimate disposition of his or her own collection. It's for you, you enjoy it while you're alive. Maybe if it was a collection of skate boards or mountain-climbing gear you'd reach a point where you can no longer enjoy the collection, but not music. Not wine. Not art.
    Very true, but I'm doing the following: 1) I've cataloged everything in discogs and 2) I'm cleaning ALL my vinyl, and 3) I've digitized all my CDs. So whatever happens to me, my kids will know a) approx what it's worth and b) it's in salable condition.

    The current benefit of all this is that I've been able to cull a lot of "dead meat" from my collection, especially with CDs. I mean, did I really need that copy of Trick from 1989? And with retirement just a couple years away, I'll be ready to really ENJOY everything!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    I have one of those too. A couple, in fact -- and sundry other body parts.
    If you're trying to shock me it's not working.
    Just sitting at home rocking back and forth and jealously caressing my invisible collection of theoretical assets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    I have one of those too. A couple, in fact -- and sundry other body parts.

    I suggest you get those bad boys out of the freezer and proudly mount them in your man cave. It worked fine for my great-grand pappy:

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    The most space efficient storage storage is spinner racks like the ones I use. Each holds about 1000 CDs. You can see and access all of your CDs (or books, DVDs, etc.) easily. Not sure where to buy them these days.
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