Major Labels To Stop Pressing CDs In 2012?

A music industry insider claims that the major labels will stop pressing CDs by the end of next year. Could it be true?

Major Labels To Stop Pressing CDs In 2012?
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A music industry insider says that the CD format will be killed off next year to make way for digital-only music sales. A report by Sideline claims that the major labels will stop pressing CDs by the end of 2012 as a result of falling sales and the growing popularity of digital stores. It says that special edition albums, and those from the biggest artists, will continue on CD. Sideline fall short of revealing their source, or providing an official statement. We find these claims hard to believe. Digital music accounts for only 29% of album sales, and while vinyl is seeing a resurgence, it remains a tiny portion of the industry. CDs certainly face a decline in sales, but it is too early for major labels to pull the plug on a format which still generates a significant income for the industry. However, digital music sales continue to rise. This week we reported on record digital album sales, which have already broken the 2010 record with two months to go before the end of the year. Artists like Coldplay and Adele appear responsible for giving digital music sales a boost thanks to their huge popularity on iTunes, and the prevalence of music-enabled smartphones seems to be making the death of the CD a certainty. But when? Many UG readers comment that they prefer CDs, citing the better quality of the WAV format on which it is encoded. However, improvements in digital technology and storage will eventually match that of the CD, leaving little reason to continue using the older format. If you love CDs, what would make you give in and go fully digital? Is is the quality, or the fact that you can't admire the artwork in your hands?

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    metalhead2475
    I'd rather buy a CD, but digital is so much more easier than driving to the store and hoping they have that CD, but buying a CD shows you really like the band as just buying a few songs off iTunes and calling it a day. And CD/Vinyl collections are much cooler than MP3 collections.
    pwrmax
    Dammit, the reason I actually buy music is because I like having a giant stack of CDs
    Joshua Garcia
    Must we go digital with EVERYTHING in life? It's ok to rely on technology for some things, but when it gets to a point that music is being threatened to go digital only, it gets out of hand. And I, for one, do admire the artwork in my hands. Thanks a lot Coldplay and Adele.
    'DC fan
    What the actual ****? You can't just get rid of CD's, I still buy CD's even though I have an iPod, because I prefer something that I can physically see and touch, rather than buying thin air.
    bassmike200
    If that happens I will never buy anything their artists produce because I only buy CD's, I much prefer something I can play on my (fiendishly expensive & excellent) home stereo system.
    L2112Lif
    Ugh, I hate how the forums and the articles use different formatting...
    article wrote: Sideline fall short of revealing their source, or providing an official statement.
    If they can't offer up a source, then don't report it as news, damnit.
    LeakyFlask
    If this is true, and digital downloads will continue to be released in lossy formats, then these 'major labels' can all go lick a lemon.
    IcanHasBass
    how are Green Day and The Offspring's new albums going to be released?
    Online dummy.
    Minicaxotinho
    I prefer CD's, with all that cover artwork and stuff. Screw digital, physical format is better. Do you prefer to watch porn or have real sex? There you go.
    cyanide02
    Basti95 wrote: Seeing as people tend to be lazy bastards, why not order CDs off the internet? They often cost less and you get the actual CD in your hands
    This. If they actually do this we may as well just illegally download stuff. Don't get me wrong I have a few songs from iTunes but when I want an entire album a few files on my computer doesn't cut it. It's nowhere near as satisfying as the first time you put that CD in your car stereo and when you flick through the booklet.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    what about artists that won't put their music on itunes (tool comes to mind) does that mean no more music from them.
    Bezza27
    Digital only sales, now a legitimate reason to illegally download all my music!
    brandon54
    Mayan calendar...no more CDs..... apocalypse....2012... CDs...hmmm... OH SHIT!!
    Basti95
    Seeing as people tend to be lazy bastards, why not order CDs off the internet? They often cost less and you get the actual CD in your hands
    Sparda93
    I have a great deal of pride when i go buy a cd of Megadeth or Slayer.
    L2112Lif
    [quote=article] Sideline fall short of revealing their source, or providing an official statement.[/quote] Ug... THEN ITS NOT NEWS!
    RockTillWeDrop
    I personally buy CD's (15 year old) whenever I have spare cash (which isn't much) but if it's all going to be on digital then I'm not gonna pay for it... Why should I pay for something that I don't physically get? or some really crappy quality stuff... sucks!
    lVlaniac
    Im going to still buy CDs. Something that UG failed to mention is that some of us like the have the artwork as well as the music. They kind of complement one another. If major record stores dont want my money fine for me. There is no way in hell im going to give them my money for something i can physically have.
    gukker
    I don't think this will happen, but if it does it would be the end of the music industry. Because I refuse to pay 10 euros for something I don't even phisically get.
    jinsu2301
    yeah, they will stop pressing cd, just like they stopped pressing vinyls...oh wait
    gamer_geek
    My view of digital books and music are the same. There's a level of pride that you get from filling shelves with a collection of books and CD's. You can't get that feeling from filling a flash drive with music. It just isn't the same.
    GeekInThePink
    dynastywest69 wrote: Growing popularity of coldplay and adele? I'm confused.
    Coldplay, an alternative rock band, and Adele, a talented pop/soul singer, are quite popular musicians, and they are growing even more popular. I hope you are not confused anymore after reading this.
    Dimefan1993
    I prefer having CDs. I love going to the store and walking up with a four or five thrash CDs and have the fifteen year old at the cash look at me like I'm some kind of freak!
    Lord_Doku
    Digital music is much easier to access. But can you amplify an iPod with a tube-driven power amp ? I don't think so.
    Rebelloc
    Basti95 wrote: Seeing as people tend to be lazy bastards, why not order CDs off the internet? They often cost less and you get the actual CD in your hands
    I love waiting an extra week to get the new CD I'm super excited about.
    Franko 316
    My opinion on the whole stopping'illegal downloads' = profit: just consult Metallica ... i hear they just released an album that not a single person downloaded.
    Eirien
    Yeah I can't really see that happening, at least so soon. If they implement that plan at this point they are just begging for piracy.
    Screamerific
    A Cd is an item you can hold in your hand. the feeling of getting the plastic off and seeing what the design on the disk is. flipping through the booklet. putting the cd in the radio and listne to them in the order they were intended... and then putting it on itunes. thats the way it should be done.
    Teh Skisgaars
    400+ cd's and plan to keep up my collection. this is bs and better be fake, i can't imagine this to be real...
    Holoogamooga
    I just want something I can hold on to. If they stop pressing CDs, I won't pay for any music, rather than paying for all of it.
    nervosuu
    Digital music will always be in my mind a preview of what is on a physical copy. I don't consider myself owning the music until I can hold it in my hand.
    SoA_Joseph
    One of the only things that stop people from pirating more often is getting physical CDs to support their favorite bands; because you actually physically own the damn thing. If it's going to be all digital; you might as well do it without taking the time and effort to put credit card details in.
    shoule79
    Couple points: 1: No more cd's will likely mean the death of the album format within a few years after. No more Dark Side of the Moon, Master of Puppets, Sgt. Peppers or what ever your favorite album is. Instead Justin Bieber esque pop acts with only one or 2 songs will reign supreme. 2: Are there actually people out there dumb enough to use iTunes and buy music online? Torrents are free and right there. Not that i'm advocating taking royalties away from artists, but Coldplay and Adele fans deserve to be ripped off, real music fan's don't. 3: What are you going to get your favorite band to sign after a show, an iPod?
    happysmilyguy
    I buy the CDs from amazon for a tiny amount compared to downloading it. Then i get the nice physical album with pictures and lyrics and being able to hold it, and rip them onto my laptop, and thus have a digital copy to. And if I loose my laptop I can just rip them all again. The only good thing about downloading is it's instant... but i quite like the wait and excitement of when it may come through the post... and you can't unwrap a digital download. CDs for ever. (may move to vinyl at some point when i have more money, because the artwork is bigger and nicer but that may be when I end up having a separate room for listening to music in hehehe
    JAStewart
    You shouldn't be buying CDs from the Major Labels anyway because they roger the artists royally.
    captainperoxide
    Vinyl and mp3 works fine for me, but I know a lot of people love their CDs, so this sucks for them. If it's legit, which I seriously doubt.
    WhoAMEye
    Minicaxotinho wrote: I prefer CD's, with all that cover artwork and stuff. Screw digital, physical format is better. Do you prefer to watch porn or have real sex? There you go.
    I like doing both at the same time so this analogy doesn't really work for me. (I love my Dirty Dirty Missus)
    robhc
    The day they stop producing CDs will be the day I stop paying for music. I hate digital music with a passion.
    monkey8911
    For me its mainly about the quality. I can download artworks from the internet, thats not a big thing for me. I like to have a CD though, because I dont trust harddrives.
    Bananafish003
    Bananafish003 wrote: Well, not much of a concern to me. I don't buy many albums from major labels.
    < /hipster snobbery>