Are you looking for more ways to reduce clutter in your home? These alternatives to DVDs and CDs can help you completely cut out media clutter!
All of our CDs and DVDs have left our house for good, and we have switched to digital movies and music! It is SO nice to have the free space (and our toddler no longer gets into the movies and strings them all of the room).
We decided to store all of our digital movies and music on Apple Cloud, and we also have a hard copy of our entire movie and music library on a tiny USB flash drive (in case we want to view them without internet).
Where you decide store your movies may depend on which options you choose instead of DVDs. Here are 12 of the many alternatives to DVDs and CDs!
Alternatives to DVDs
- Rent or buy digital movies
- This is perhaps the most convenient way to get almost any movie you want, any time.
- Digital movie stores include iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and many others.
- You will need a computer or tablet, SmartTV or Blu-ray player, or streaming device like Apple TV, Kindle Fire TV Stick or Roku Streaming Stick to access the store and stream video.
- Sometimes you can also purchase or rent digital movies on the website for the movie.
- Digital Versions that came with your DVDs
- Many DVDs come with a digital copy! Before getting rid of your DVDs, check the packaging to see if any of them came with a code. Usually they will direct you to a web page to download.
- Check out movies for free at the Library!
- Of your favorite movies, how many will you watch again? Could you just check these out from the library? Most libraries have movies to check out for free, and you can keep them anywhere from one day to a couple weeks.
- Channels and subscription services
- Popular channels include On Demand through your cable service, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Crackle (free), PBS (free), HBO Now, HBO through Amazon Channels Showtime Anytime, Hulu, and more.
- You will need a computer or tablet, Smart TV, or streaming device to stream these channels (see the options for playing digital movies in #1 above).
- Why not splurge $1.50 and go rent a movie once in a while? You can search and find your movie at a Redbox location here. Discs are due the next day by 9pm, and can be returned at any Redbox.
- Convert to Digital
- This is a great option if you have DVD videos you recorded that you want to transfer to digital. If an item is copyrighted, you may not be protected for making a copy (even for personal use), so this may not be the best option. It’s up to you to look up intellectual property laws in your area. My favorite program to do this is called Mac DVD Ripper Pro, and you can get it for $24.95 here. This article covers some options for PC.
Alternatives to CDs
- Purchase digital/mp3 music
- Subscriptions music services
- Internet radio or satellite radio
- Digital Audiobooks or subscriptions
- If you like to listen to CDs of sermons, motivational talks, or other speakers and broadcasts, check to see if there are podcasts by your favorite speakers. You can subscribe to most podcasts for free, and listen on your computer, tablet, or phone.
6. Check out CDs at the Library!
- CDs are usually free to check out at the library, and usually don’t have to be back for 2-3 weeks, sometimes longer when you renew.
7. Convert to Digital
- You can turn your CDs into mp3s by importing them into iTunes or another music library program. Again, check the laws in your country and state about copyrights and personal use. You can definitely use this option for CDs or audio you recorded yourself or have permission to copy!
One final recommendation, if you have computer software and driver discs, upload the ones you still need to a USB flash drive, or an external hard drive (depending on how many you have and how much storage space you need)!
At our house, we have a USB flash drive for movies, one for photos, and one for important files and software discs. The flash drives are SO convenient for finding the things we use often, and they barely take up any space! However, I also recommend having EVERYTHING backed up on an external hard drive.
I hope this has given you some ideas for how to watch your favorite movies and listen to your favorite audio with alternatives to DVDs and CDs. Since we took the plunge a few weeks ago, we have not even missed our movie and music library!
P.S. How many of you are working on decluttering or a packing party? How is going for you? Feel free to share where you’re at!
See the next post in the series (and Giveaway announcement) here:
- The Art of Letting Go | Minimalism and Decluttering for Families (Post #10)
- Wrap-up + Decluttering and Minimalism GIVEAWAY!!
See the previous posts in this series here:
- Decluttering and Minimalism for Families: It Doesn’t Have to be so Hard (Post #1)
- Packing Party in the Kitchen! | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #2)
- Stop Toy Clutter for Good | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #3)
- How to Declutter Kids Clothing with a Capsule Wardrobe | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #4)
- Minimizing our Master Bedroom + Toddler Items | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #5)
- Your Questions About the Packing Party | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #6)
- Finding “Hygge” and Decluttering the Living Room | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #7)
- Decluttering the Books! | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #8)
- 14 Alternatives to DVDs, CDs, and Media Clutter! | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #9)