by Mike Masnick

Twilight Of The CD Era May Be Near

from the times-change dept

Not that I imagine this will surprise anyone, but people are beginning to predict that the audio CD is becoming a relic of times past. Certainly there are people who are downloading music instead of buying CDs, but consumers are being faced with other ways to spend their money as well. DVDs and video games are taking up a lot of the budgets that formerly went to music CDs. The article suggests the music industry really believed that something like SACDs would revive sales. Meanwhile, most people think it will take at least two years for the industry to figure out a "post-CD" business model that makes financial sense. My question is whether or not they really have that long? As you ponder that question, why not answer our latest poll looking at how much music you download, compared to how much you buy.

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    dorpus, 24 Feb 2003 @ 1:19am

    Other aspects of music

    I still buy most of my music because I have obscure tastes, and the repertoire of downloadable music is no better than your average big music store at the mall.

    I've been waiting for technology that will remove the feedback loops that plague every concert, nightclubs that won't destroy your hearing. Looks like it won't happen within my lifetime, as most people seem to enjoy painfully loud music for whatever reason.

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    werty, 24 Feb 2003 @ 10:52am

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    The NYT had an article on this yesterday too:

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    david, 24 Feb 2003 @ 11:31am

    big labels suck

    has anyone ever thought that maybe people aren't buying major label artists' cds because the music sucks? the audience for vanilla pop and nashville country wanes when everything sounds the it has for the last few years. most of what i buy today on cd is small, local label stuff by people that don't suck.

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