CD changers function as libraries for your massive music collection. Depending on the size of your music collection, you can opt for Jukeboxes that hold 50 to 300 discs or mega-carousel changers that usually hold around 100 discs. Other limited options include five-disc carousel changers and magazine players that typically hold 10 discs in a removable cartridge. Competition in the market is driving prices down to the point that there's no reason to drop more than a few hundred dollars on a quality player.
* Convenient hassle-free storage of CD collection. No accidental scatches to CDs over the years.
* Minimal amount of space required because the CDs are conveniently housed in the carousel. No need to spend extra money on CD wallets or cases.
* Easy and organized access to your music. Play your favorite songs with the touch of a button. No booting up the computer, plugging in the MP3 player, or bothering with anything else. Plus, you don't need a computer to play your music.
* CD carousel can be easily integrated into an existing surround sound stereo component system.
* Shuffle songs from one disc or shuffle them from all 200 discs -- even shuffle albums.
* There are finite limits to how much capacity a CD carousel can take. Consider upgrading to a 500 disc changer. Definitely buy a changer with more space than necessary so that you can add to it.
* Sometimes it's nice to just shuffle songs from one genre, in which case a 25 disc changer would be best.
Features to Look For:
* '''Remote Control''': Essential for changing the music from across the room without having to get up. Plus, it makes changing between discs a lot more simple.
* '''Random Play''': This feature allows for listening to one album the whole way through on shuffle before switching to another disc.
* '''Programmability''': Usually ranges from 20-30 songs.
* '''Repeat''': For when you can't get enough of that one song, or a particular part of it.
* '''Intro scan feature''': Great for when you get a new CD and you want a quick sample of what it has on it.
* '''Headphone jack''': Essential if you live in a family home or apartment.
* '''Custom file''': Most newer models offer this feature. It enables you to make playlists, like on your iTunes for example, that play certain groupings of music or particular genres.
* '''Keyboard data entry''': This makes programming playlists and naming CDs really easy because you can use a regular PC keyboard to do so.
* '''Play exchange''': Instead of stopping what you are listening to in order to go from one disc to the next, this feature allows you to do so simultaneously.