i have bought one cd in the last year, and it was used. i discovered that windowsmedia.com allows you to listen to full length songs of most artists for free, and legally. though some of the links don't work, and some of the sound quality is below par, it is still a simple and fast way to sample music. and i must agree with dash and ghost that mini discs are quite cool. i recently bought a mini disc cd burner, worth my money.
"It's better to burn out, than to fade away."