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#341516 - 03/10/11 06:34 AM CD Sales Diminishing...
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#341520 - 03/10/11 07:15 AM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I am fine with that as long as the downloads give a lossless option for a reasonable price.
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#341521 - 03/10/11 07:28 AM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I still prefer CDs to digital downloads. The Borders store near my office has so few jazz CDs that I almost have their selection memorized. They never get new ones and I am sure that within a year, they will cease selling them. I get most of what I want from Amazon.com, CD Universe or Arkiv.com. Thanks for the story.

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#341532 - 03/10/11 10:25 AM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: davidsch]
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For physical media, I think BluRay is the best music delivery format at the moment and for the foreseeable future.

Downloads still have a long way to go before the older, more affluent "audiophile" give in completely to a "virtual only" music library.

They are the ones who spend the most money on music!

Downloading music is just so... unsatisfying. At least for this rapidly aging young person. smile

I do like having a tangible object for my $. A lot of the less discerning young peeps don't very seem interested in this type of "ownership" though.

But when they lose that huge music collection because of an unrecoverable drive failure, it's gonna hurt.

A lifetime of backing up your music files sounds tedious and probably potentially risky at some point in time. It sure is less fun than getting new cd/dvd storage furniture or having shelves full of lps! But hey, I'm slowly digitizing my collection so, I guess I'm in now!

I'm still keeping my cds though. And my lps are some of my most prized possessions and are fast becoming quite valuable.

Apple is the biggest player in the download game, so the fact that they are gearing up for high definition music downloads is giving me hope that audio quality issues are at least finally being addressed.

But when cds become obsolete, I bet I will still be buying new and used records!

And probably used, vintage cds! grin
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#341534 - 03/10/11 10:33 AM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: audiosavant]
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All very good points.

I too am finally moving to digitizing our collection, setting up for a streaming audio system (likely Sonos), but have not yet moved into a paid downloading service for music.

I want lossless, non-proprietary files from a selection that is no less than what one can find in a music store.
Presently that is asking too much yet of what exists out there.

So, DIY.
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#341594 - 03/10/11 03:27 PM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: audiosavant]
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Originally Posted By: audiosavant
Downloads still have a long way to go before the older, more affluent "audiophile" give in completely to a "virtual only" music library.

They are the ones who spend the most money on music!

No, sadly, they're not. Not collectively, anyway. If that were the case, their buying power would have some influence over the market. Unfortunately, the many uneducated (in things audio) masses will happily download compressed, dynamics-free schlock and not know it.
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#341642 - 03/10/11 10:26 PM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: pmbuko]
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You can tell Cd sales are dropping, just look at how much floor space the retailers have taken away from the displays.

I am feverishly buying CD's in an attempt to get all the ones I haven't bought/replaced over the years and always meant to before they are no longer available. I have found I have to order a number of the online as they are not stocked in stores.
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#341648 - 03/10/11 11:01 PM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: jakewash]
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Best Buy and Future Shop both seem to be cutting down considerably on the cd's, and I heard a few days ago that HMV is having some problems and will be closing 50-60 stores(worldwide I think, not necessarily here).
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#341650 - 03/10/11 11:24 PM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: pmbuko]
audiosavant Offline
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Originally Posted By: audiosavant
Downloads still have a long way to go before the older, more affluent "audiophile" give in completely to a "virtual only" music library.

They are the ones who spend the most money on music!

No, sadly, they're not. Not collectively, anyway.


Well, I'm thinking of us audio obsessed types and unfortunately, we're not that many in the scheme of things.

And most of us buy older or obscure music more than the newest pop sludge the record companies are trying to hawk.

I love Amazon and Gemm for buying music online and we have some great record stores here in Atlanta. One of the best is Criminal Records. I can't go there often because I spend way too much money when I do.

But I've also learned that the Amazon one click buy option is a very dangerous thing... grin
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#341696 - 03/11/11 12:58 PM Re: CD Sales Diminishing... [Re: audiosavant]
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I still buy CD's and will continue doing so until they are no longer available. I still read my books with a hard cover too.

I believe this is just the human culture evolving again (into what is debatable). The ease of sitting on one's ass, clicking a couple buttons and getting instant gratification without paying a dime is just too alluring for the majority. CD's will become extinct in that environment.
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