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Cheap as chips these days (2nd hand, etc). Will the Compact Disc ever make a revival like vinyl seemingly has?
mostly because MP3 (or FLAC) offer most of the same benefits in terms of quality and portability. I could see it outlasting vinyl for similar reasons though.
then again, I never thought tapes would have some sort of comeback.
despite them having pretty much no redeeming features, it wouldn't surprise me.
CDs haven't really gone away yet, though, have they?
CDs still vastly outsell vinyl.
So it's not totally dead yet, although I'm sure it'll make a nostalgic cassette comeback in the future.
I'm still waiting for the minidisc revival.
but they never appeared after all, else I would have a minidisc label up and running by now
the are people out there trying to revive Cassettes, one of the worst storage mediums for audio ever, soooo uhhhhhm I guess anything could happen... though CDs still have a place so a revival isn't needed.
Cassettes never died, plus i guess some kids like them now too
cassettes are great
vinyl does sound warmer
CDs have no merit
Like I got Liz Phair's 3rd album for £1.27 yesterday. It was either that or pirate it. I listened to it like a bunch of times on Spotify already. People say music is expensive but come on, CDs are fucking tuppance.
CDs do have merit to the nay sayers, cool sleeve notes, decent quality, good back ups, you can lend them/give em away and you can sell em on when your done.
Still, I'm trialing Spotify on my phone for 7 days. May spell the end of my CD days and just that and LPs in the future. I'll miss burning them for friends and getting them in the post though.
and more about allowing smaller acts a cheap way to provided fans with a physical product. I don't think CD's have the same appeal although they're still massive in Japan.
and 5% a sensible business move
it would be boring as f
almost as boring as musicians trying to be unique and quirky for the sake of being unique and quirky in the exact same way as one another.
don't think they are trying to be unique or quickly, some people just like cassettes, cassettes are nice, they obviously have a nostalgic attachment and encourage listening to the whole thing and really getting to know it more than any other format in my opinion (vinyl loses out here on its lack of portability), can get the mp3s for good quality versions so would pick a cassette over a CD any day. CDs just serve no purpose anymore, they were just vessels for the digital file, CDs are the internet cafe's and video rental shops of the music format world. All they have is the art work which the vinyl/mp3 combo does better
I agree, vinyl and cassettes offer an warm analogue alternative to mp3s that CDs don't. The only use I can think of for listening to in the car although this too will probably be phased out too.
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CDs and vinyl will have a place. Vinyl's made a comeback as it largely went away, as opposed to CDs which have remained readily available. I can see the concept of paying for and 'owning' mp3s dying out however, as if you're going to have virtual music for connected devices you may as well just stream from the cloud.
just the artworks smaller innit
There's not really another format of acquiring /method for listening to music that I'd really choose to pay for tbh. Apart from sometimes downloads from bandcamp.
I'll only buy downloads if there is no other choice. ^ CDs
flipload cheaper than getting the vinyl
handy for ripping ones own mp3's too and cheaper. The vinyl cash cow is crazy. Re-issues at crazy prices. Give me a £1 car boot vinyl gem find over a £35 re-issue any freakin' day.
hipsters in bushwick walking around with Discmans so totally think CDs will have their fashion moment again at some point.
Fictional piece set in the future about the revival of the dead CD format.
"We spread the jam on CDs, got people to spoon it onto their scones, and then wiped the CD down and played it while they ate,"
EVERYTHING has a retro revival at some point.
CDs are also a great format. Small enough that you don't need a separate room in your house just to store a large collection, big enough that you can read the sleeve notes, very high quality ("CD quality"!), and very hard wearing.
yeah they are top aren't they
i still don't get why, if you enjoy a digital music collection and you want say... i dunno OK Computer in it, you'd spend 7.99 on itunes for it when you can get the CD for just over £1.
I don't even feel guilty about the 2nd hand thing cos you're stopping all those discs becoming landfill and adding to a small economy.
i'm pretending to ignore piracy here
you mean I'll have to buy all mine back again?
well according to The WZA digital music files are now dead too so you're now more outdated than ever etc etc
I think the CD will be be fairly extinct in a decade. It's the floppy disc of a generation. Unlike vinyl it seldom has any collectable qualities at all. It's an ugly format which to me kindles unwelcome thoughts of the yuppie Thatcher years (remember THAT Dire Straits album!). The sound quality is very good on CD but this is easily replicated via MP3.
I'm sure most people listen to music via their laptop, phone, iPod, Spotify, etc. Music people really like maybe afforded the extra cash splurge and this is where vinyl is getting its market, that or guilt money from torrent usage.
i intend on getting a £20 usb dvd drive if my next laptop doesn't have a disc drive. CD's will still be here in 10 years
but it could look as strange in a few years as the people who still have VHS players under their telly just in case they want to watch an old episode of minder.
has removed any desire to fetishise it as a physical object: even minidisc and floppy disc hold some kind of interest from music nerds as they are linked to specific genres and distro networks.
Cds never had that, there's nothing really unique in the way ti was used by different labels etc.
the 1.44 floppies you got in most PCs: they were everywhere, everyone used them for throwaway purposes on throwaway computers.
But if you go on ebay you'll see that 720k floppies are more prized and is because the vintage equipment they are used in will always be collectable.
there's nowt particularly wrong with a cd.
The traditional plastic cases are pretty horrible, but the majority of CDs now (at least the ones I've bought) come in cardboard sleeves and look great. I especially like gatefold sleeves. Aesthetically, they're pretty much identical to vinyl, just a lot smaller and more convenient.
The CDs themselves are boss.
People may crave the physical object, including the artwork and booklet so want to build up a collection. The problem is that vinyl satisfies the physical format demands even better. CDs aren't exactly the prettiest things with their clicky jewel cases.
It could work for large boxsets, but I can't forsee a revival like vinyl has seen.
They became the pinnacle of music and sound reproduction in the mid 80s and as a physical format they'll never be bettered.
When CDs are dead, all physical format media will be dead.
when they didn't even bother to remaster the album for a new format.
my bet is CDs will comeback with that kind of mastering.
The new Shabazz Palaces for example is beautifully packaged. The jewel cases are horrible and it annoys me that albums are still released using them.
Sorry, this isn't an answer to the question, just a point I wanted to make.
if CDs do die, the only thing that could live on is lavish box sets in decent packaging. An mp3 collection of 100 songs plus outtakes wouldn't quite be the same. If CDs even came as standard in DVD type boxes, that would be enough for me.
Somebody told me that they have a shelf life of about 40 years and probably won't play after that. Is that true?
when people used to put CD's in the fridge?
I got a couple from early 90s skip a bit. You can really confirm the damage if there is data on it- my nine inch nails cd rom does not work at all.
not sure of the decay on any other pressings or how it compares to vinyl, though I think vinyl's longevity depends on the availability of parts whereas CDs can be played in most anything with a disc drive.
I have some 20-odd year old CDs that otherwise work fine though.
when I get paid.
it was quite embarrassing. I'm not sure if it will be more embarrassing when they get a retro revival.
Vinyl is not cheap. CDs are.
mp3s are not things. CDs are.
CDs are cheap things. People will always want cheap things.