According to recent research many of us believe CDs will be around for at least another decade despite the increasing demand for downloads and the constantly falling CD sales.
Of those surveyed by ISP PlusNet, 48 percent expect it to be at least 10 years before CDs become obsolete. A further 28 percent reckon CDs still have a good five years to go. I, for one, agree.
I know you're sitting there with your mouths wide open in shock but I just can’t help it, there's something about a CD that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. I just don’t have the same response to an MP3 file.
Before you accuse me of being a dinosaur stuck in the 20th century, let me assure you I'm not. I'm on my second iPod, I know how to (and frequently use) the Bluetooth feature on my mobile phone to transfer music and photos and I have an active Facebook account. I still can't bear to part with my CDs, though.
I know it's time-consuming ripping a new CD to my iTunes library when I could just import the file in half the time, but there's something about buying a CD that appeals to the hardened shopaholic in me. I may simply be reinforcing the stereotype about my gender, but I'm a truthful kind of lass.
Why do I feel this way? I think it boils down to the fact I actually have something I can hold and feel in return for giving away £10 of my hard-earned cash. Downloading an MP3 just doesn’t provide that sort of return.
I love opening the plastic CD case and its reassuring stiffness which means it's never been opened before. Don’t get me started on the smell of the new paper booklet and the way the CD sparkles in the light. It almost gives me the same buzz as a new pair of Jimmy Choo's (I said almost!).
According to British Phonographic Industry (BPI) figures, music downloads in the UK hit a record 2.94m in the last week of 2007 – that's double the level of 2006. At the same time, CD album sales plummeted 10 percent over 2007, although sales remain 26 per cent higher than a decade ago.
But back to me and my CDs. Opening the My Music folder on your hard drive and displaying hundreds of tiny files all with the same logo just doesn't compare to having my friends run their fingers along the hundreds of alphabetically ordered plastic cases on display in my pine CD rack.
There's also the embarrassment issue. I can hide from the world that I once deemed it entirely credible to purchase gems by Mr Blobby, PJ and Duncan and Jason Donovan. These CDs now remain buried at the back of my parents' loft, never to see the light of day again. But if you choose to download these or any other songs you deem your guilty pleasure, you won't be hiding it from the world – in fact you'll broadcasting it to the various digital music stores you use. Staff there will be laughing about your shoddy music taste for weeks to come (I can assure you I did when I worked for a certain high-street music store).
I'm not as optimistic as the 10 percent surveyed that reckon CDs will be around for ever. I know the time will come when CDs will go north to the great home in the sky where vinyl, cassette and betamax have ended up (R.I.P) but that time hasn't come yet.
I’m not alone in my love of the Compact Disc. A poll of PC Advisor.co.uk users revealed that more than 43 percent of you are also fond of purchasing CDs and then ripping them to listen to on your PC or MP3 player.
This week, we've been asking you for your recommendations for the best music-sharing sites – a discussion that has led to more praise for the supposedly outdated CD.
Forum members Totally-braindead, Earthsea and Keef66 also told us they didn't purchase downloadable files and instead opted to buy CDs. One member, Skeletal, identified his reason for purchasing CDs over MP3s boiled down to the fact that MP3s don’t offer a high enough quality sound.
So while digital music is here to stay, I'm relieved to find I shan't have to consign the rest of my CD collection to the attic along with my Mr Blobby album any time soon.