Will Digital Audio Kill the CD - as the CD Killed Vinyl?

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Digital Audio Aims for the Mass Market
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A short but interesting look at digital audio devices and formats in the context of the huge amount of coverage at CES 2005. The techreview article threadlinked above is part one of two and although brief, does raise (for me) the question of when, not if, the CD will die:

Though the first portable MP3 player debuted in 1999, most personal music libraries still consist of piles of CDs, and relatively few people listen to digitally recorded radio talk shows and books.

The consumer electronics industry is doing its best to change that, there being serious lucre in prodding people to join the digital audio revolution as long as it's convenient.

At this week's International Consumer Electronics Show, it was impossible to walk more than a few feet in the 1.5-million-square feet of exhibition space without stumbling over a digital audio equipment display

Personally i cant wait till the CD finally snuffs it. I never really liked them and i require my music to be infinately more portable - even though my mp3 player is ancient...


Vinyl is not dead...

It's just deep underground...CD's killed tapes...

This, however, may kill both CD and put the nail in the coffin for vinyl. I have the first gen Final Scratch (which runs only on Linux Nick!), and it rocks. I call it my vinyl methadone...finally helped me break my serious record buying habit:)

DMCA messes the whole thing up

DRM technology limits the amount of copies you can make of a file to 3


I don't know about you but I plan on having more than three digital music devices in my lifetime where I'm going to want to play my songs. This is just as bad as the Sony Bono copyright extention act. It's shame the government is in the back pooket of Hollywood, and an even bigger shame the public is so asleep at the wheel they don't know and don't care.

CDs will not die

until digital audio is distributed in a lossless format like FLAC, or another transient physical format supercedes the CD.

In my opinion ;)


Im not sure what it's like in the states but our (british) pop scene has been a disgrace since the late 70's - our kids are filled full of the most banal, mind numbingly sterile crap and most decent stuff never makes it to regular shows.

At least, that's how it was when i last lived there.

I've just seen this BBC report saying that downloads of singles have surpassed physical buys for the first time ever:

Sales of song downloads overtook those for physical singles for the first time at the end of 2004.

The last week in December saw download sales of 312,000 compared with 282,000 physical singles, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

The download total beats the previous weekly record by more than 20%.

Overall album sales also reached a high in 2004, with a 2.6% increase over a record 2003 - with UK-signed artists dominating the charts.

Of course it's only small children for the most part that buy singles but regardless of who is buying them, that's a pretty interesting factoid huh?

Final Scratch


Heard Josh Wink was using it.. does open up the boundaries somewhat..


"four-hour set with Finalscratch"

So it's being used.... though there's nothing quite like putting a nice bit of vinyl onto a turntable. But it brings costs RIGHT down.

And the latest version runs on Windows and MAC.

British pop

our (british) pop scene has been a disgrace since the late 70's

Late 70s? Yeah, because Status Quo and Shakin' Stevens were the summit of achievement: it was all downhill from there. ;)

Let's face it, nowadays, most pop music is crap. But most pop music has always been crap. When we hark back to the good ole days of our youth, we mentally suppress the majority of what was about at the time and just keep the good stuff.

Ultimately it's about content delivery

CDs have typically been overpriced for what they actually were and a lot of the cost was justified by packaging, duplication and the weak tracks that were being used to pad out the one or two pieces of "grade A" content from any major artists.

Compare that to digital music delivery - you're paying for just what you want, and if you don't want the filler tracks there's normally nothing forcing you to buy them. In theory that means that the consumer can get what they want, when they want it, delivered instantly, for a cheaper price than would be possible if they were forced to rely on "traditional" CD-based content delivery from the same big name companies.

If digital audio becomes truely mainstream I can see traditional CDs getting sidelined in the same way that VHS tapes are now - while not completely dead definitely the poor relative when it comes to shelf space.

Of course CDs could just live on forever if the music industry works out how to use them to deliver the content people want at a more reasonable price.

They already have

Of course CDs could just live on forever if the music industry works out how to use them to deliver the content people want at a more reasonable price

When CDs first came out, the industry said that the technology and the spread of production would quickly bring the cost of producing them down below the cost of producing vinyl, and of course they'd pass the savings on to the consumer.

They changed their minds, the wankers.

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