I like music, a lot. Nietzsche said:
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
Music has helped me get through some tough times, but it also can lead you astray as not every songwriter makes the best decisions in his or her own life. None the less a lot of songwriters found there way into my quotation collection. My more recent writings on music will of course appear on my blog.
Although I've bought 100's of CDs, tapes, and LPs, even 45s, music today is increasingly digital. I previously spent a lot of time and effort getting my home stereo to work the way I want. This involved a dedicated music server running iTunes because I'm a Mac guy. However my life has been extremely unsettled the last ten or so years so now most of my possessions are in storage and I tend to listen to music on my laptop or iPhone even buying expensive headphones just for the gym.
I've also taken to using Last.fm and I've built various mashups such as a CD Cover Gallery or another dedicated to my favourite songs, or another to browse my CD collection online or you can just look at the information I was able to find for a single random CD. Finally I used code by Jeroen Smeets to add the top ten artists I've listen to this week to the right.
I've ripped most of the songs in my CD collection but not all of them and some are still not in the iTunes Match cloud. One day I hope to convert some of the analog music sources into digital files. Using the iTunes Music Store I've bought an ever increasing number of tracks I used to have on cassette or 45 that I wanted to use on for one of my legendary mixes. Nowadays artists big and small who you 'like' on Facebook encourage you to pre-order their albums on iTunes. So I rarely even buy CDs anymore.
The Internet caused a lot of problems for the music biz, but not from me, I support all the artists I admire financially by buying their music, going to their concerts, and even buying their merch, particulary t-shirts.