Originally Posted by brownnote
Most of the people I know rip them to mp3 and listen to them that way, they say it's easier and they can protect the original cd from scratches, I myself listen to cd's because I consider they are of better quality than the compressed mp3 format, whats your take on this?
I don't think that mp3 quality is good enough, and play CDs quite a lot, though I play LPs more! It's true that CDs are quite easy to scratch, but with reasonable care they are fine. I just make sure that they go straight back into a case or wallet as soon as they emerge from the player, even if it's the wrong one! If one gets damaged through my clumsiness, I use one of the quite effective repair kits around. There are also surface treatments that make CDs sound even better, on a good player competing with LPs.
They can be ripped to another CD, of course, and one then has a spare in case of accident.