the romance of the artifact
also a consideration is how i initially encountered the music, which is why i passed on a vinyl copy of elvis' sun sessions i stumbled on at hpb a few months back (since i first got into sun elvis via cd and lotsa nyquil during a bout of flu ca. '97). there are even -- gasp! -- albums i first experienced (or have listened to the most) via digital download or in itunes.
this is also making me think about what my relationship with music was like before everything by everybody wasn't so readily available. a lot of bands i liked back when i was a snotnose had skimpy release schedules, and their stuff wasn't always generally available, making anything you could lay hands on muy desirable. in the fullness of time, i've developed a better idea of what i can and can't live without. there are certain key albums that i feel compelled to own on vinyl (electric ladyland, say) while i'm perfectly happy to listen to the rest of their creators' output in some digital format.
all that said, i'm no longer trawling for stuff online the way i'd become accustomed to, now that i'm a ten-minute walk away from crate-digging with a high probability of unearthing a lot of stuff i'll want. an exciting (and dangerous) prospect.