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Is the digital download of music going to take over the CD?

  1. weFTL profile image60
    weFTLposted 4 years ago

    The demand for CD's have been declining for years now, maybe the time for CD's is over? And the digital download of music will be to only option...

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have heard rumours they are stopping the manufacture of music CDs.

      1. weFTL profile image60
        weFTLposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You are joking?! CD's are pretty much the last thing keeping audiophiles alive, vinyl has become a relic of the past now.

        1. spartucusjones profile image91
          spartucusjonesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Many purists actually prefer vinyl over CD. Also Even though vinyl is not outselling CD's there is an increase in vinyl sales (as compared to the noticeable decrease in CD's sales). Vinyl caters to a specific niche market and because vinyl is generally released in limited quantities there is more of a collector value to it. So even after CD's become obsolete, vinyl will still continue to appeal to a specific niche market.

          1. weFTL profile image60
            weFTLposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I couldn't agree more, vinyl does have that "warmth" which CD's don't necessarily have (unless of course the producer have digitally processed the audio to sound "warmer"). Again, I agree with you that vinyl will stand the text of time.

    2. TheHeavyReview profile image87
      TheHeavyReviewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I've also heard similar rumors, but I genuinely hope that it's not true (and I doubt that it's fully true).  I would much rather buy a CD than an iTunes or Amazon download, even if it costs a little extra.

  2. WriteAngled profile image92
    WriteAngledposted 4 years ago

    I prefer to have a physical CD, which I can listen to directly or copy to whatever other means I have of listening to music.

    I also like the printed information and pictures that come with a CD.

    Also, most of my CDs are now bought at concerts of the respective performers. How will musicians sell their music at concerts if there are no CDs?

    1. nina64 profile image80
      nina64posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I too rather have the physical cd in my possession, that way I can have the original music and the cover art that goes with the recording.

    2. TheHeavyReview profile image87
      TheHeavyReviewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      This is pretty much my reasoning, too.

      I love looking at liner notes, and it's much easier to transfer music from CDs onto multiple devices and computers.  Besides, if I don't like a CD then I can sell it later- can't say the same for Mp3s.

  3. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    Given the number of computers that don't even have a CD drive I suspect they will go to a download code or flash drive.

  4. weFTL profile image60
    weFTLposted 4 years ago

    I do however believe that within the next decade or so, download speeds across the entire world will reach a tipping point allowing higher quality music to be downloaded from sources such as iTunes. Leaving us with only problem... Having that physical possession in our hands.

  5. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 4 years ago

    I agree with WriteAngled smile I have collections of CD's, all favorite bands. The only problem I've been running into is playing them on the computer. I get 'warnings' about infringement or no play yikes I'm like, what!!?? it's the retarded updates hmm can't differentiate with bought CD vs download, I'm guessing. tongue

  6. SoundNFury profile image85
    SoundNFuryposted 4 years ago

    I think there will always be a market for an uncompressed, hard copy format such as CD's.  I think there are enough audiophiles out there that would create a big-enough demand for them. 

    At least I hope so!

  7. Spence Bailey profile image60
    Spence Baileyposted 4 years ago

    Although I find digital download easier and more convenient, I like the feeling of having an actually copy of a CD. Having something physical to hold onto is nicer then just have files on a computer. You can hold those files and show them off to people.