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  • [0318] No More CDs, Says Sony

    What the hell are CDs again?



    Remember those shiny circular things that could barely hold twenty songs?

    Well apparently record labels are still using the prehistoric technology, but not for much longer. Sony Music delivered what some consider a knockout blow to CDs, announcing recently that on May 1, it will cease sending promo CDs to critics and journalists, and instead only provide them with digital previews. Sony is the second-largest music company in the world, and the first major label to do digital-only promotions--hopefully it's not the last.

    This is only a toe-in-the-water attempt at ending all CD production for good, but it's still a good indicator of where the industry is eventually heading.

    Over the last decade, overall CD sales have plummeted 48% in the U.S., declining steadily almost every year. Meanwhile, digital sales continue to rise, growing 27% in 2008 and 8.3% in 2009. Digital downloads now represent 40% of all music purchases. What's wrong with major labels, right? The business model seems obvious: Go digital.

    Unfortunately, CDs are far from finished. Why? Because digital revenue has failed to compensate for declining CD sales, and more importantly, compact-discs still account for 80% of all album purchases--the labels' bread and butter.

    So it'll likely be a while before we're 100% digital, but Sony's move will definitely encourage other labels to follow suit with promos.

    My question is: Who is still buying CDs for music? Does anyone still carry around a Discman?
    http://www.fastcompany.com/1570763/n...-cds-says-sony

    Fucc this shit! CD's are here to stay! If vinyl hasn't gone yet, CD's will not go either.
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    if it was all digital I'd never buy an album again
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    • #3
      Originally posted by pandemic View Post
      http://www.fastcompany.com/1570763/n...-cds-says-sony
      Fucc this shit! CD's are here to stay! If vinyl hasn't gone yet, CD's will not go either.
      Yeah but Vinyl > CD
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      • #4
        UH OH.... us poor people...are fucked!!!

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        • #5
          last album i bought was big willie style

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          • #6
            lol @ people BUYING digital albums you can DL for free

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            • #7
              lol at people thinking cd'z could only hold 20 songz...im pretty sure that same style of discman came with mp3 playback at a time..
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Oil Man View Post
                if it was all digital I'd never buy an album again

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                • #9
                  CDs will be a thing of the past, but not for years still.
                  Your Ad Here.

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                  • #10
                    i will never pay for a digital album.....one of my fav things to do is open a cd for the first time pop in the disc and smell the case......call me crazy but theres something about hearing an album for the first time after buying it thats second to none

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                    • #11
                      Sony is known for making idiotic decisions, NOT SURPRISING AT ALL.
                      HEADSHOTS; NIGGA FUCK YO VEST

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Chachi View Post
                        i will never pay for a digital album.....one of my fav things to do is open a cd for the first time pop in the disc and smell the case......call me crazy but theres something about hearing an album for the first time after buying it thats second to none
                        There's plenty of people like that, man, including myself. Now, I don't mind it if they make some new format that's smaller than CDs, or whatever. I dunno. But all digital? Screw that.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Eminem_313 View Post
                          There's plenty of people like that, man, including myself. Now, I don't mind it if they make some new format that's smaller than CDs, or whatever. I dunno. But all digital? Screw that.
                          i agree, i mean paying for something that isn't physical and can't go into a collection is weird

                          i don't hate this move by sony though, it's the only way to move forward completely, like cutting off analog television (and soon you'll see HD tv as the only medium, as standard digital tv will soon die out and they'll cut the signal completely i'm sure by 2015)

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                          • #14
                            Thats just asking us to illegally download all music and not even give us the option to do the right thing buying a cd once in a while. 'd never pay for a digtal album either if im gonna pay for music I want a hard copy of it
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RemiX View Post
                              i agree, i mean paying for something that isn't physical and can't go into a collection is weird

                              i don't hate this move by sony though, it's the only way to move forward completely, like cutting off analog television (and soon you'll see HD tv as the only medium, as standard digital tv will soon die out and they'll cut the signal completely i'm sure by 2015)

                              dumbest comment I have ever read...

                              SD channels take up less bandwidth. Analog has NOTHING to do with it. If you mean ANALOG Vs. DIGITAL, then yes, that has already happened as you can't get analog unless you subscribe to a MSO.
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