Album Sales Fall, Of Course

from the who-didn't-expect-that dept

This will come as no surprise to anyone, of course, but the only significant area of the music business that is struggling is, once again, CD sales. Bloomberg has noted that album sales in the US declined 14% in 2008. Of course, digital sales continued to grow, and, as recently noted, the concert business is booming. Oddly enough, sales of vinyl records continue to rise -- a trend we noted last summer. To be honest, the fact that album sales only dropped by 14% seems rather surprising. If I were in the business of selling mostly obsolete plastic discs, I'd be thrilled they only dropped that much.
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  1. identicon
    nasch, 6 Jan 2009 @ 8:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: CD Collection

    Thank you, that makes perfect sense. As I said I've never seen any numbers supporting LP over CD, or any explanation of the mechanics that would allow LP sound reproduction to be better. In fact I got in a big long argument on /. once with a guy claiming that LP is better, but he was unable to provide any objective measurements. His argument boiled down to "I think it sounds better", which I don't find convincing.

    However, I've heard a lot about sound compression, and it's gotten a lot more extreme in recent decades, so naturally old recordings would sound better to someone who doesn't like compression because they're not compressed, not because they're on LP. And your explanation is great - just because you buy the same album on CD and LP doesn't mean it's exactly the same thing.

    As for the guy who transferred LPs to CD and doesn't like the quality, there are numerous questions about what's going on. First, not to say you're wrong but it's clearly subjective and it would be interesting to get objective measurements. Second, we don't know anything about the transfer process. How good was the software? Maybe the programmers made assumptions that don't apply to your setup or something. Finally, it's a sample size of 1. Interesting though.

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