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The exploding CD sounds like a demo for Zimmer's next score.

Maybe Zimmer will be key in reviving musique électronique.

In the meantime, here's hoping Blu-Ray players don't spin that fast in the future.

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8 hours ago, Ricard said:

I did miss vinyl though. Much better format from a collector's perspective.

 

I can understand that. LPs are big. They take up a lot of space on a shelf to store, more to display. As a collector, you need to be responsible and discriminating in what you collect and why. 

 

CDs are much smaller. It takes less discipline to collect CDs because once/if you rip them, you can put them in a shoebox in the closet or under the bed, never to think about again. It's much easier to hoard CDs, buying up complete discographies of anybody because there are no ramifications, aside from cost. 

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Years and years ago I predicted vinyl would make a comeback, although what I didn't foresee is that cassette tapes would make a resurgence, too. I wonder if CDs would actually make a comeback, they might be stuck in the betwixt and between state of vinyl (large collector's item with artwork, cultural connotations, considered to have a very unique and quality sound, etc.) and tape (super-portable, really nostalgic in an analog setting, colors the sound, etc.)

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The increase of streaming services, the closing of US CD pressing plants, the rise of vinyl as a collectors edition medium

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54 minutes ago, Jay said:

The increase of streaming services, the closing of US CD pressing plants, the rise of vinyl as a collectors edition medium

Well sure, but those have been the case for awhile, right?

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One thing buying a CD give you over digital: collectibility/resale value.

 

For 'regular' releases, a digital release gives you the music, and if it's lossless, there's nothing more you actually need. You can still have art direction and liner notes - it's just not printed on a bit of paper.

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I feel physical media as a whole is starting to die out. It’s not exclusive to the music industry either. DVD and Blu-ray sales have been declining for a while now, with many people jumping on the digital/streaming bandwagon. 

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30 years of the music industry, visualised.
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It’s not been an easy path for artists, publishers or record labels. Few industries have seen such sharp shifts in format and medium.
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The ‘80s were the age of Vinyl and Cassettes before the CD took the crown and reigned as the dominant format for almost 20 years.
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But the Internet boom of the late ‘90s brought file-sharing, piracy and a living nightmare for music execs and artists.
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The infamous sharing service Napster was founded in 1999. Coincidentally the same year the US music industry peaked.
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After that, it was a lot of doom and gloom. The download market helped to stop the ship from sinking completely, but the industry had still halved in roughly a decade.
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But now streaming is taking off in a big way and the music industry is, at last, back to growth. Here comes the sun ☀️, and it’s streaming in.
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Data from the RIAA.

 

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BxIHYgrhnxC/

 

 

Interesting that DOWNLOADS died off WAY quicker than CDs did, and that it's STREAMING that is now the CLEAR winner, NOT Downloads.  

 

And it's funny that Ringtone sales made a big enough impact for a while to be charted!

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“Vinyl, the comeback king.” I dunno, that barely widening sliver of a black line doesn’t really seem to merit such a claim (but that’s just me).

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It was practically non existent for 25 years, and now consumers buy vinyl more than compact discs.  It's pretty remarkable actually.

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It's mostly interesting to me that music sales are so, so far down overall, regardless of medium its purchased on.  Essentially, people would rather leech music these days than pay for it.

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What does the gray line on the bottom represent?  At first I thought it was just the bottom of the chart but it does fluctuate a bit.  Minidisc?  😂 

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