Collectible compact discs
Collectible compact discs are rare and collectible CDs and their variants – such as CD-Rs, or digital files encoded from CDs such as .flac files.
The hobby can encompass both enthusiasm for music, and enthusiasm from CD technology itself (the latter including maintaining and restoring CDs).
Building CD collections
For enthusiasts, Compact Disc collectibles are a more modern equivalent to collecting Records, where the desire to own them is motivated by both a love of music and nostalgia.
Websites like Classical Net cater specifically for collectors, “including a basic repertoire list and a guide to building a classical CD collection.”
As with other music mediums such as cassette tapes, bootleg recordings - an otherwise unavailable audio or video recording of a live performance or screening – are popular among Compact Disc collectors.
Traders of bootlegs
Bootleg traders with notable online presence include Dr. Ivica Letunić whose website, Ivica's Bootlegs, lists “1481 bootlegs (2257 discs) from 101 artists” in his collection.
The db.etree.org - The Traders Database is another online resource which aims to create communities among collectors and focuses on musical and non-musical bootlegs (“from Walt Whitman by Thomas Edison”).
Care and Handling of CDs
As the limitations of CD technology to withstand the effects of ageing become increasingly apparently, numerous guides are available for CD librarians and archivists to preserve their collections.
A popular and trusted example includes Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs A Guide for Librarians and Archivists, first published by the Council on Library and Information Resources and National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2003.