Honestly I don't like what's going on in music in general right now (with a few exceptions). It's a lot of one-hit-wonders or "pushed youtube or casting show stars" that do fit whatever category/music is "hip" right now. Others (like Die Toten Hosen for example) changed their style from something that was pretty cool and different into mainstream crap ... one wonders is it because they're getting older or because they want to sell more records and get more radio play and thus make more money or because they aren't "rebellious" or "courageous" enough anymore?
I haven't gotten around to buying the record yet, but I most certainly will. However, I am not obligated to buy a subpar product, I will only do so out of my dedication to the band. I bought Smash twice, RaF,RaG twice, Greatest Hits twice, Ixnay on the Hombre, Ignition, Self-Titled, and Conspiracy of One, all legitimately. For some reason, I never bought Americana or Splinter, but I am a huge fan of buying the actual music. I am just not excited to go out and buy Days Go By.
I don't really use cd's at all anymore I bought RAFRAG the day it came out and have only listened to it 2 or 3 times and never all the way through and if Days Go By would have come out on vinyl I probably would have never bought the cd
I think I'm going to stop buying CDs. Vinyl has made a big comeback as a retro cool collector's item, and it's obvious now that as long as the album format is around, so will be LPs. I hate buying a CD anymore because I know that's it's on the verge of being thrown away as a format and replaced by digital downloads once and for all.
I've actually bought RaF,RaG three tims, counting the vinyl copy I purchased. Once on CD, once on vinyl, and once for a friend.
I bought 5 Days Go By, one for me and 4 as a present for my best friends on their birthdays and all of them loved Days Go By!
When I was 15, I downloaded every one of the (then) seven albums the Offspring had to offer, plus every known (at the time) b-side and unreleased song, all song-by-song, one at a time, on a 56K modem. Even though the only reason I did that was because I had no money and no alternative, I consider that my greatest act of fandom, way moreso than buying all the records (sometimes multiple times). It took like 15-30 minutes to download a single song on 56K, so it was some major dedication on my part.