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
    Lonnie E. Holder, 6 Jan 2009 @ 10:37am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: CD Collection

    Nasch:

    You may find these links interesting as well...

    http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question487.htm

    Quote from this site:

    This means that the waveforms from a vinyl recording can be much more accurate, and that can be heard in the richness of the sound.

    http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/commentary/listeningpost/2007/10/listeningpost_10 29

    http://mastering-media.blogspot.com/2008/10/metallica-death-magnetic-vinyl-sounds.html

    www. atu2.com/collectors/columns/eliot/vinyl/dle_othermedia.html

    So, what is the bottom line? Technically, CD may be the superior format. However, that is kind of like saying that the blueprints for your house are better than a photograph that uses film speed, shutter speed, aperture, and light to capture an image of your house. Which is better? I guess the answer depends on what you are looking for.

    I recently pulled out a bunch of records I had not played in a while, but I had played the CD's frequently. The vinyl was significantly different, and, in to my ears, better. Yes, there were some snaps, crackles and pops. Yes, the sound was perhaps "muddier," but it also had a sound that CD has yet to duplicate. Now, it could also be that compression affected the CD's, but I do not know.

    No one will ever definitively answer the CD vs. vinyl debate, because it depends on your criteria.

    That is the best answer I can provide!

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