How Much Has Metal Cost You?


We’re gonna find out the true cost of all our years of senseless headbanging.

A few months ago we all participated in an anonymous survey to gauge our listening habits, asking questions such as when, where, and how much time you spend per day listening to music, what percentage of that is metal, your preferred listening medium(s) and general stuff like that. As we’re not an advertisement-funded site, and the poll was 100% anonymous, it was done essentially to prompt discussion and find out where you sit among your cohort. I’ve left the poll open so if you missed participating you can head over there now and spend a minute (maybe two if you’re running some bandwidth sucking VPN to disguise your internet disguise) to tick the boxes. We’ll compile the results in the coming weeks.

Anyway, today is part two of this survey, where we will be responding to questions regarding your Purchasing habits. At the end it’s entirely up to you whether or not you want to find out your CRAZY chicken fillet roll name.

On average, how much do you spend on music per month (USD)?
What percentage of what you buy is new music? (i.e. released in the last year)
Which is typically your preferred medium to purchase?
Do you use any streaming services, if so which ones? (tick all applicable)
What percentage of your listening is streamed vs owned?
Where do you buy your music from? (tick all applicable)
The amount of music I purchase feels...
Where do you find out about most of the music you purchase?

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  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Is it some evil horse nipples joke that you can’t actually tick all that apply?

  • Howard Dean




  • Elegant Gazing Globe


  • Hans

    Where do you buy your music from? (tick all applicable) – could only tick one :'(

    Great timing for this; I’d recently wondered what became of that survey, plus I just spent some 30 euros on a CD and a shirt.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    The value of my metal CD collection is estimated to be around €13,000. And that’s just for the metal records. So I’ve spend a ton of money on music throughout the years.

    • Howard Dean

      I did some mental gymnastics once trying to value my CD collection at or near a conservative market value (and not just a book value), but I quickly remembered that physical music formats are for the most part highly illiquid and that the value I arrived at was at least 500% higher than anything I would actually receive should I ever attempt to sell them all.

      • RJA

        Yea, go scour discogs for a while, CD’s are essentially worthless.

        • Carlos Parlo

          I don’t know. I mean you would think that in theory but when I add a new CD into Discogs I can see what someone has recently paid for it and particularly with metal it’s usually 10 bucks or so at least. At the end of the day things are worth (aside from what they mean to you) what someone is willing to pay for them. whenever I want to buy a classic metal album on CD I often find Discogs, Ebay, Amazon, etc. selling it for anywhere between $6-$20 and they’re getting that for them. I don’t know how long that will last obviously. I do know my collectors insurance (which covers my music, book, etc. collections) covers the cost of replacing each item and if I were to actively seek to replace all of my CDs (not counting vinyl) it would cost me 3-7K easily.

          • RJA

            Metal CD’s definitely hold their value more than other genres, I’ll give you that. I just got done cataloguing my collection with discogs and was just a little depressed with the value of CD’s in general.

          • Carlos Parlo

            Oh I totally understand. I guess since I’ve heard so long that CDs are worthless when I logged my vinyl and then proceeded to log CDs I expected the value to be much lower than it actually was. But for me the real issue is that if I want to purchase an album on CD that I want to own it’s often not as cheap as it would be if it held “no” value. I may be totally crazy, but I think in the long run CDs might end up retaining value (at least for a core group of people) longer than previously thought. Heck, especially if net neutrality and other issues go off the rails and access to online music is not as ubiquitous as previously believed.

  • Joaquin Stick

    I got really busy and kinda forgot to buy music this year. Oops. I’ll probably go back and drop a few bucks on my top ten and a few honorable mentions at the end of the year. Most of my metal dollars are spent on concerts these days.

  • Scrimm

    Just 250? lolbuttz

    • Lacertilian

      Depending on price that’s like +15-25 albums per month, I think that’s gotta be in the upper echelons of purchasing for most people.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ


      • Scrimm

        I have a serious problem

        • Lacertilian

          For real, I probably buy around 20 or so but most of mine are digital so it seldom would near $250. That rekkid store gon broke ya, man

      • Carlos Parlo

        When you say “spend on music” do you also mean concerts and merch (shirts, etc.) b/c that quickly shoots the number up.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    My metal collection is nowhere near as big as my dad rock collection. I have a few metal records, CDs and cassettes but the rest of my stuff is all dad rock.

  • How much Bandcamp do you Bandcamp while searching Bandcamp for new Bandcamps?

    • Lacertilian


  • GoatForest

    I used to be much more spendy. Before I had a kid, I spent about $40 a paycheck on music. However, if I’m being honest, metal has slowly been dropping in the percentage of my purchases. Punk, gangsta rap, bluegrass, jazz, and trip hop have been taking over my spending habits as of late.

    • Óðinn

      Upvoted for punk, jazz, gangsta rap, and trip hop. Also because GoatForest 🐐🌳 is my friend.

      • GoatForest

        Yes indeedy. Hell, I originally started coming over here just to talk with you, Dumpster Lung, and more beer. I stayed because the Toilet is the shit.

        • Óðinn

          Yes. “Toilet is the shit.” You are correct.

        • Glad you joined!

          • GoatForest

            Me, too. This is easily the coolest metal community on the web.

      • GrumpDumpus


  • Óðinn

    Deezer nuts! Amirite!?

    • Lacertilian

      Bothov ’em

  • Nukenado

    Somebody teach me meditative metal seeking plz

    • GrumpDumpus


  • Kyle Reese

    Buying mp3 albums that I missed for the past ten years or so, plus some classics that I never heard.

  • Dark Spirit of Cold Ural Mount

    “Ticks 50-100”
    “Converts into Rubles”
    “Passes out”

  • Morbidly Obese Angel

    I easily spend $250 a month on music. But only because I live in Canada and the value of our dollar is basically monopoly money so $250 is like 4 albums worth of music for me.