I have no clue if this belongs here or in a Hardware section or Arts. None the less, here goes.
The basic question first and the i’ll elaborate a bit.
Which Media Type do i choose to buy Music in now, if i want to make sure i can listen to it in some form until i die some day?
Ok, to go a bit more in depth: A lot of my daily music listening is spotify and bandcamp. And while that’s convenient, it has it’s drawbacks. With spotify i really on a single company existing for all my music to be there. As with games, i think about how i want to share what i love with my kids in 10 or 15 years. And how i will access the music of my 20s when i’m 50 or 60.
There might always be a spotify of some sorts, but i’d like to have a second, independent way to access those things. I don’t want to replace my daily listening with vinyl or such, but some offline method that doesn’t depend on a big company is what i’m looking at.
I specifically don’t look for archival. I’m not interested in buying media and locking it away in a safe or climate controlled room to save for future generations. I still want to use my media. At home, on sundays, when i feel like listening to some of the great concept albums front to back or such. So the media should be able to withstand active, while not daily, use to an extend.
Also, Players should be available (used is fine), nut overly expensive, and somewhat maintainable with spare parts by me.
Also, most music should be available to purchase new or used. As nice as Mini Disc might be, releases are limited. Same for SACD.
So what do i get? Vinyl, CD? Just look for purchasable Flac online and store on External Hdds or SD-Cards?
Obviously the Artwork and physical act of using the medium plays some role. So, CD or Vinyl are what i’d first look at. I have no clue how good common Audio CD’s are in terms of longevity though. And i have no clue how Vinyl or CD are influenced by playing them every now and then.
What’s your take on that matter?