I'm curious to know how many of you prefer to actually purchase your music, and what your thoughts are on people who download it for free and burn it to CDs (or MP3 players, or whatever - I'm old school, and just have my trusty discman, so I'll stick to discussing that primarily).
For those of you who, like me, do both, which do you do more of? If you prefer buying, why? Also, why do CDs in Europe and Japan cost so darn much? I bought eleven in Europe, and the prices almost killed me. Didn't stop me from buying them, though...
Personally, I own many more purchased CDs than burnt. I can often hear a difference in quality between music right off a CD and downloaded songs. (Not to mention how sometimes you download versions of songs that just plain suck, no fault of the artist's...) Also, I like having the booklets. (Although not all booklets are created equal.) Besides that, I don't typically go to concerts. This is more a product of where I live than anything, but if I want to support an artist buying their CD is usually the only way I'll do it.
Anyone want to offer any opinions or thoughts? (Or comments on other ways to get music, like buying individual songs, since I didn't cover that.)