#1
People are downloading music more and more these days, and I was wondering whether CD's will be stopped being made all together.

It's inevitable that the CD will be replaced by something but I was hoping it would be something you could physically go out and buy.

Nothing beats going out to your nearest music shop and quewing up to buy it on the first day it comes out. Now you'll just have to click 'download' off iTunes or get it off some illegal site (like most people).

Also what about epic album covers and the little booklets you get with them? Its much cooler to actually see it in the flesh.

#2
My brain says no but the amount of pirated material on my computer says yes.
#3
No way. CDs will last forever. I'll keep them right next to my VHS tapes.
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#5
Yes. Most people won't even know realize they existed in the next ten years.

Cd racks have also been replaced by hard drives.
#7
I hope not, but it's seeming that way

I love collecting CDs and singles, and so it frustrates me that all new singles are digital only.

If you want me to buy your music (if you're a new band), I expect to have physical copies. Not to sound mean, but it's the way it is. For bands like Paramore, not being able to get CD singles of Monster (although I have the Transformers soundtrack for this one) and Renegade for e.g. sucks... might just have to make a CD for myself with all 3 of the songs on it or something, and make myself some sort of covers for the case.

If it's a new band, I would probably stick with YouTube if there are no physical things to buy.
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#8
I only buy CDs, never download music, unless it's a random song I want.
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Judging the fact that I've sold in the region of £30,000 worth of CD players in the past 4 months, from personal experience, I will say that CDs will continue being made..At least until.CD quality downloads become more mainstream.

I wouldn't think the average consumer buys CDs because of the slightly higher quality.
#10
Yes, Vinyl will take over, called it.
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#11
Vinyl has been coming back for a while.
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#12
there is something that beats going to a music shop to buy a CD and that's going to a music shop to buy a Vinyl I only need Vinyl and mp3s cause Vinyl is the best physical music experience if you get what I mean and mp3 is the most flexible easy method of listening. CDs are well sth in between :S
#13
Not for me they aren't. I have just over 800 CDs on my wall, about 100 of them are ripped to my MP3 player but most of the time I'm listening to music I want to hear an album in it's entirety so I listen to the CD.

I never download, I always buy the CD and for the foreseeable future that will remain the case - even if I reach the point where the CD itself ends up only being used as a backup to the ripped version.

I don't believe CDs will ever die completely though - if you look at the technology which has evolved since them such as DVDs and Blue-ray you'll notice that they use the same general format and are backwards compatible with playing CDs.

There will also always be a need for a secure way of backup up PC data. CDs provide this so that's just another reason for them to stick around. There's a potential argument that memory sticks serve this purpose, but in my line of work they don't meet the security requirements as they can be re-written. The security of having a CD burnt which cannot possibly be overwritten is vital, so until something else can provide this CDs will still be needed.
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#15
No I always buy disks and so do many people. Disks will never die out - it's as if people keep talking about it like they want it to die out. Dammit.
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#16
Not to sound hipster-ish, but for me their not.
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#17
nah. i didn't go through the pain in the ass of getting all my tapes onto cds for nothing.
#18
CDs will be replaced by something better eventually. However I fail to see what that something could be at the moment, so it will take a while.
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#19
CDs are still the most common medium for DJs, just putting that out there...
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CDs are still the most common medium for DJs, just putting that out there...

True, never thought of that.
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#21
When I release an album, it's most likely I'll request it to be mass-produced on vinyl. Sure, I'll sell a few CD copies, but I frown upon digital download.
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#22
embrace technology?

refusing to download anything is the same extremist attitude as refusing to ever buy a cd
#23
First off, I can't stand CD's. Not because I don't like physical music (I love meh some vinyl) but just how easily damaged they are in relation to how disposable they feel. They get left freaking everywhere. On the table, under the car seat, on the ground, yeah.

Like I said vinyl is cool and amazing but I don't think it will ever replace the CD. Comeback this, comeback that, the truth is that average joe/jane sees a turntable as a relic from the past and nothing more. Sure, people who care about hearing their music in high-fidelity exist, but they almost certainly makes up a very small percentage of the population.

I think a cool industry replacement for the CD might be individual thumb drives packaged in artwork. That way you get the physical experience, fairly low price (mass-produced drives big enough to hold one album can cost next to nothing), a lot of car stereo systems have a usb drive, I don't know. It just seems like a good idea to me. Granted I haven't given it much thought. Anyone else have a second opinion on that? There's no way I'm the first person to have thought of that, lol
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I think a cool industry replacement for the CD might be individual thumb drives packaged in artwork. That way you get the physical experience, fairly low price (mass-produced drives big enough to hold one album can cost next to nothing), a lot of car stereo systems have a usb drive, I don't know. It just seems like a good idea to me. Granted I haven't given it much thought. Anyone else have a second opinion on that? There's no way I'm the first person to have thought of that, lol



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#25
**** CDs vinyl is where it's at. Woo yeah, vinyl!!

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#26
It's all good as long as there is a physical medium for the music, because I'm not paying shit for a download, if I pay for it I want something physical.
#27
In a way I kind of do wish that people would get rid of them, but that's just so I could go to used stores and buy a shitton of them for a buck each.
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#28
ITT: a bunch of butthurt luddites

making the neccessary transition from CDs to digital will reduce so much waste and production costs
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#29
It seems so. I used to buy at least two CD's a month. But I have since found Spotify. It is much cheaper and much more convenient. Instead of paying £20 odd for two CD's, I pay £4.99 for hundreds of thousands.

I would hate to see the CD go, but it's just the way things go.
#30
Yup, what niche is left for it? People who value cover art, booklets, the nostalgic factor, etc. are better off collecting vinyl. And people who value convenience and affordability prefer downloading. Wave goodbye to your dying technology.
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#31
I agree with the flash drive idea. The reason many people (somewhat including me) aren't moving over to solely digital purchases is because very many still like having album booklets with accurate lyrics and high quality artwork. The way to please these people is to include a .pdf (or some other filetype) with the song downloads that has the booklet in it.
#32
The flash drive idea is interesting, and I still haven't made it over to spotify to see what that's all about although it's all over Facebook these days. I like cd's and physically possessing the music, but in my area there are no music stores and the only cd's the local walmart carries are rap.
#33
Spotify is the devil's tool.

When an artist sells a CD (even an album download) that artist receives a decent percentage of the money it sold for.

When that artist's album is played on spotify, the artist receives virtually nothing.

As musicians, surely you can all see that is a very bad thing?
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#35
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Spotify is the devil's tool.

When an artist sells a CD (even an album download) that artist receives a decent percentage of the money it sold for.

When that artist's album is played on spotify, the artist receives virtually nothing.

As musicians, surely you can all see that is a very bad thing?

I can see your point, however, Spotify and CDs aren't mutually exclusive. I listen to a lot of stuff on Spotify, and buy a lot of CDs of bands i like, although there is no way i could afford to buy every album i listen to on Spotify. In my view, its a much better alternative to illegal downloads for people who cant afford to buy everything they want.