My dad is moving to a new house soon so Kate and I are in San Luis Obispo going through a bunch of my old stuff. I stashed some boxes here when I moved to New York City a few years ago.
We’ve found some real treasures: old Apple and Mac computers, Think Different posters, Phi Psi gear, Kobe and Shaq autographs, and a ton of photos.
I absolutely cannot figure out what to do with all the music CDs I own. I have about 400 legally purchased CDs in their jewel cases. I haven’t touched them in years since they are all in my iTunes library. These CDs take up a ton of physical space for nothing.
I would love to sell the CDs, give them away, or donate them to a library. But all of these options would be illegal. I have a digitized copy of this music on my computer, and the physical CD is my license for that music. Without the CD, I’d be a music thief.
So now I have no choice but to keep these CDs around for the rest of my life. If the RIAA ever comes knocking on my door and looks at the music on my computer, I’ll need to be able to show them that I really did buy this music.
What do you think? I don’t believe in pirating music, movies, or any other content. But am I going overboard here? What would you do?
Maybe the record labels need a recycling system where someone can trade in a CD for a digital license for the music.