Published on May 23rd, 2012 | by Alan Cross


The CD is Being Killed by MP3s (Duh) and Vinyl (What?)

Here’s an interesting piece by Music Think Tank over what’s behind the decline in CD sales.  It’s not necessarily the music:  it’s the medium itself.

While it may seem that the audio CD thrived for more than 20 years because of high fidelity, what it really offered over its fraternal twin on vinyl was convenience — better robustness, more portability, multi-disc changers, in-vehicle players, random/repeat play, and remote control.

In the last decade theiPod arrived to match all the conveniences of the CD, adding small (and ever smaller) player size, ubiquitous portability, invisible storage, and greater (and ever greater) capacity. Nothing can match the convenience of dematerialized digital audio, now available in a variety of formats at both lower and higher resolution than CD quality (choice is convenient, too).

Read more here.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to The CD is Being Killed by MP3s (Duh) and Vinyl (What?)

  1. Nscafe says:

    I'd be happy with I could make all of music purchases as either vinyl or legal download (high bit rate or lossless).

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