I've been consolidating and trying to simplify my life. One of the actions has been dealing with my vast CD collection that I no longer listen to. I have put a lot of my CDs into digital form on my Powerbook, to the detriment of my hard drive storage. But there are a lot of CDs I just don't listen to that often, and those CDs have been sitting under my coffee table for the past couple of months. Not sure what to do with them, since some of the CDs were experimental in that I bought them on a whim to check them out and not all the experiments were successful and remain generally unloved and unsaleable.
I do think the digital world is making the world more green in that it reduces the impact of "experiments" like mine. It reduces the cost of production and distribution. It reduces the chance that things will end up in landfill when people are bored of them or never liked them. This is a good thing. What is bad is in the meantime how do artists make a living, they get the distribution but will people pay. Ringtones yes, but music not so sure?
Those are bigger questions than I can answer. As for the simpler issue, what do I do with the old box of music CDs sitting in the middle of my living room? So what do I do? They won't disappear and I won't throw them away without a shot at second life.