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R.I.P. Compact Discs

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Like 8-Tracks, cassettes and the vinyls that came before it, the compact disc will be meeting its end sooner than you think.

According to a new report, major labels are preparing to abandon the CD-format by the end of 2012 (if not earlier) as streaming/downloaded music has rapidly taken over the market. The idea is to make new releases available only in digital form, with CDs being released in only special, limited edition cases. We're hearing the distribution model for these remaining CD releases would probably be primarily Amazon which is already the biggest CD retailer worldwide anyhow.

But really, who didn't see this coming? Who doesn't have an iPod or the capability to hook one up to speakers, their car and otherwise. This is just getting with the times! And more so, this is a good thing for the environment. No one really buys CDs anymore, so think of all the money and resources we'd be saving.

Stepping into the 21st century. Wonder when movies will be doing the same?

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31 comments to “R.I.P. Compact Discs”



  1. 1

    And think of all the jobs lost to dip shit.



  2. 2

    Just what I was going to say… lots of jobs lost. I am one who does NOT own an ipod. I'm not a fan of cd quality but I buy cd's. I still miss vinyl albums and the big sleeve that came with it and all the words written on the inside sleeve. I haven't downloaded a song ever and never planned to. Discs that don't scratch would have been the route I was hoping for!



  3. 3

    Not everyone burns CD's from their computer. What are we going to listen to in our cars? Oh right, the radio.



  4. 4

    Now there's going to be a lot of jobs lost because of this. :(
    I'm a big fan of the artwork that goes into the booklets. Will this mean MP3 players will go down in price? All fingers point to no.



  5. 5

    Way to make the sweeping generalization that no one buys cds anymore. I like buying the cds, and having a physical copy of the album. I have tons of music from a a variety of artists, but I have only ever downloaded one full album, I'd much rather have the cd.



  6. 6

    Once again the industry shoots itself in the foot. What's to stop the artists from releasing new material themselves from their own sites. Bypassing the labels altogether. The only thing the record labels are needed for then will be promotion.



  7. 7

    Well, as for jobs, alot of fields become antiquated and a person has to stay up with the trends to stay employeed. That said, CDs going away? People still like them, esp. antiquated ones like me. I do not have an IPOD, thought about it, but never have. Will I ? Probably not, I can still burn CDs and get a cd player for the car, etc.



  8. 8

    When it comes to my favorite bands, I always buy the cd and the online versions of their music. I buy the cds because I quite like having a tangible copy of the cd art and lyrics. You definitely do not speak for everyone, Perez, when you say that no one buys cds anymore because that's just not true.

  9. GIO says – reply to this


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    I only buy cd's of people i really like…the reason why they are discontinuing them> people steal the songs now…the music industry is ruined.



  10. 10

    this is not good news. we have lots of cd stores here in new englad, like Newbury Comics. What will become of these awesome places? and not everyone wants an iPod. I enjoy owning a copy of the CD, that way if my computer crashes not all my music goes out the window. Ridiculous.



  11. 11

    I still listen to cds in my car and if it's an artist I like, I'll buy their cd. This is silly.



  12. 12

    This is so weird. I'm a Graphic Design major and my last project was to create the album art for a CD… I actually enjoyed it and now look! Sad, sad news.



  13. 13

    what! I never download albums ever, due to the fact I'd rather have a hard copy of it. This is stupid.



  14. 14

    I've never bought an iPod. Cds and the radio are all I listen to. Hell, I JUST bought a car with a cd player for the first time! Oh, and I'm 28, so it's not like I'm some old fogie who won't get with it. I've got a hand me down iPod from my brother that I can't change the music on, that recently died btw, and have yet to find a radio tuner that wasn't crap. Boo on you record companies.

  15. Heh says – reply to this


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    big mistake



  16. 16

    Say it isn't so. I still buy CDs of my fave artists!



  17. 17

    ….im poor. my car's old. i still listen to cd's. now i feel old and poor lol….



  18. 18

    I still like my cd's. I do have an Ipod that I load with music. Sometimes I find real good CD's cheap and download them in my Ipod. Then I save the CD in case I want to listen to it in something else. I hope they reconsider this.



  19. 19

    I do have an ipod and have lots of music on it, but after all I still prefer buying physical copies of CDs. The quality is just better than downloads. And besides, especially fans of Classical music and Metal prefer the real CDs. I think there's been a study on that.

  20. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Identification with the artist will be very remote with no hard copy.



  21. 21

    Love the fact that we will be saving resources, hate the fact that hundreds of thousands of people will be loosing their jobs since places like FYE will probably close down



  22. 22

    awww no! I like my CD collection! and I like my phsyical album artwork and booklet!!! :(



  23. 23

    i still buy CDs of my favorites. i hope this doesnt happen



  24. 24

    Vinyl is still very much now. This is a terrible idea. "No one buys CDs anymore." not true and when it comes to an artist that i love i want the whole package. i want the case and the album art and the lyrics and some cool photos.
    I have no ipod, nor do i plan on one anytime soon.
    they are making a huge mistake.



  25. 25

    iit's sad to see the CD go, I hope this isnt true. I own alot of CD's and will probably continue to by them as long as the keep producing them. because I dont have an ipod anymore, just use my BB for music lol



  26. 26

    Ummm Perez - I STILL BUY CDS!!!!!! I do not see the point of paying 9.99 on iTunes when I can go to my local CD store and get the same thing for 9.99 and get something materialistic to hold. Then I can copy it to my iTunes. I love looking at the artwork, reading who wrote the music, and reading the artist thank yous. I can not afford a new car with a option to hook up my iPod and I am NOT putting out money to get a stereo installed to give me this option when I can easily play my CDs. Also A LOT of the music I buy I can not get on iTunes in the USA because I buy a lot of foreign pop music so if everything went digital I would not be able to get a lot of the things I buy.



  27. 27

    I just HAVE TO SAY that when I buy a CD, it's just so I can have a bunch of plastic stacked up in my home. It's because I love the art aspect that comes with real musicians to take the time to create a whole package. I like to have a product in my hand that I can read while listening or look at the images and the artistry of style created. Downloading is fine for a couple songs off of a CD but when the whole thing is good, WHAT is wrong with owning the entire product. THIS IS HORRIBLE ! ! ! WHERE IS THE ART ? ? ?



  28. 28

    I'll continue blasting my iPod Touch and iPod Nano in my car and on my home stereo. I only buy downloads anyway because half of the time explicit CDs are not released in-stores and are online only (like Lady GaGa's "The Fame Monster" or Rihanna's "Loud").



  29. 29

    I just bought Florence & The Machine's new CD today. Didn't even consider downloading it. I have purchased downloads before, and have ripped CDs and loaded them into my Ipod, and there's a greater quality in the music from CDs than there are in the music you download. So great, we're going to expose future generations to compressed music who will never hear music the way it's supposed to be heard. Does this mean back catalogs of music will be discontinued on CD as well? There's so much more older music I still need to buy.



  30. 30

    STFU Perez! You don't speak for everyone. Im old school and I only buy cd's. I don't, nor have I ever owned an ipod cause it never interested me. I prefer having the hard copy in my collection. This is stupid!



  31. 31

    The ability to download music online is single handedly one of the most annoying things about the modern music industry, and I feel sympathy for the next generations who won't know that indescribable feeling of walking out of your local music store with your favourite band's brand new cd in your hands.