well I buy sound on sound magazine when available, once in a while.
Just to stay in touch with the evolution of things.
But not every month 'cause it's hard to find in Belgium.
On the other hand , one can find anything needed about music on the net, although there's of lot of crab too.
Beginners in music should buy music tech magazines to get around in this high speed jungle and to gain some knowledge.
I think magazines still have a meaning and a purpose.