iPod mainly. I only buy CDs for the collectability now, and more recently I've turned to vinyl for the hard copy because I'm just finding CDs have this cheap, disposable feel about them. Some are nice though (e.g. digipaks). If I buy a CD, it goes onto the iPod straightaway and most new vinyls come with download codes.
For checking out new stuff, YouTube is good for a free listen, and if I like what I hear I'll track it down and buy. A lot of the good review sites usually have a link to a track on YouTube from the album reviewed, which I find really helpful - music journalism too often reads like a first year lit crit essay and you're left wondering whether the review was even about music. The Tiny Mix Tapes review website is the biggest culprit. But yeah, YouTube for just checking something out.
I don't use any streaming service on principle. My band went with a distributor that sent to Spotify etc. as well as the normal outlets, and we didn't look into it fully. Turns out you get about 0.00004 cents a month from those streaming services. And that's not an exaggeration, I can post the accounts. The guy from Galaxie 500 wrote a piece on it for Pitchfork (I think) that's worth reading.
Yamaha Club #247 | Eden WTDI Club #27 | Epiphone Club #153 New Rose Hotel
| ambient / electronic / downtempo
Last edited by punkjazzben : 12-20-2013 at 08:45 PM.