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(Yahoo)   For first time since Peak iPod, Americans bought more music CDs in 2021, with credit going to fans of Adele, Taylor, Carrie, Olivia, and K-Pop boys   (yahoo.com) divider line
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2022-01-11 3:27:38 PM  
Are CDs going to be the new vinyl?  I like CDs in the same way I prefer dead tree books to digital ones, but I honestly haven't bought one in probably 15 years.
 
2022-01-11 3:57:43 PM  
I NEVER WENT OUT OF STYLE
 
2022-01-11 3:59:54 PM  
About the only time I buy CD's anymore is to support a new up and coming band, and to get the whole band to sign the case before they send it to me.  And then I don't open the case.
 
2022-01-11 4:04:03 PM  
i mean ever sense my car/portable music moved to solid state media play back, wtf do i want a CD for?
I got a spindle of blanks collecting dust now that i can make a twenty hour mix on a USB key drive.

The only reason i can image to buy a physical CD is if there was some special exclusive audio track/s and/or some booklet/art thingy to get as why to bother buying physical media music today.

Is it just what the kids do to seem edgy or different? I know being a teen today hard to be hard to find your rebellion when so much of what we got is just you know perfect good and useful.
Like all the cool kids just have to do something stupid to prove their different, why else would you eat laundry detergent or stuff garlic up your noise?

Only thing left to show your rebellion teen independence is to just go do some really dumb shiat.
"I'm not goona do reasonably intelligent shiat, you can't stop me from hurting myself, I'll show you!"
 
2022-01-11 4:05:18 PM  
*looks at the stacks of CDs I'm about to throw away then at the racks of vinyl I kept*
This is getting really irksome.
 
2022-01-11 4:16:57 PM  
Bandcamp is all I need and I own the music.
 
2022-01-11 4:21:44 PM  

Alphax: About the only time I buy CD's anymore is to support a new up and coming band, and to get the whole band to sign the case before they send it to me.  And then I don't open the case.


Ewww. You listen to bands that actually record music?
Farking poser.
 
2022-01-11 4:26:57 PM  
James Taylor? Really?
 
2022-01-11 4:45:53 PM  
i bought a cd copy of 3 feet high and rising by de la soul this year

/dont buy much music these days
//you can stream essentially anything for free
///did not rtfa
////why would i?
 
2022-01-11 4:51:29 PM  

PvtStash: i mean ever sense my car/portable music moved to solid state media play back, wtf do i want a CD for?
I got a spindle of blanks collecting dust now that i can make a twenty hour mix on a USB key drive.

The only reason i can image to buy a physical CD is if there was some special exclusive audio track/s and/or some booklet/art thingy to get as why to bother buying physical media music today.


Isn't it getting harder to buy MP3s from an on-line store? I feel like everyone that did sell MP3s or AACs (iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, others?) has gone big on streaming. I may be out of the loop but I buy CDs because I can rip them myself and store the resulting MP3s in a few backup locations.  I have some AACs and MP3s I bought from various stores that I keep that way too. Since I got a 128 Gbyte phone I can keep plenty of music on my phone and just play my music through my Car, or headphones or whatever. I guess I lose out on new artists by not listening to Pandora or Spotify but I'm not that worried about it.
 
2022-01-11 4:54:31 PM  

NewportBarGuy: James Taylor? Really?


The James Taylor Quartet - Whola lotta love
Youtube ImshI4qgXdo
 
2022-01-11 4:56:05 PM  
Almost like they actually want to own a physical version of music they like that they can listen to whenever they want and not just when they're "streaming" or whatever. There's a benefit to that, to not having to have internet access in order to play music.

Plus, you know, some people actually like the packaging that comes with CDs. I haven't bought a CD in at least 15 years. But I understand why other people do.
 
2022-01-11 4:56:14 PM  

LewDux: NewportBarGuy: James Taylor? Really?

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/ImshI4qgXdo]


Time Trumpet - Top Of The Pops 2
Youtube p-srXoaaSpQ
 
2022-01-11 5:07:03 PM  

Psychopusher: Are CDs going to be the new vinyl?  I like CDs in the same way I prefer dead tree books to digital ones, but I honestly haven't bought one in probably 15 years.


I think Neil Young was the one that was pointing this out (quite a while ago), but like 99.9% of vinyl printed nowadays is digitally mastered anyways, not analog. So the vinyl sound quality argument is dead. It's all the same (vinyl vs CDs vs MP3s, etc.) They're all the same maximum quality.

So, the current trend of vinyl coming back essentially is just a nostalgia format, and honestly one that's far clunkier than CDs overall
(though, while I'm definitely with godiluvbeer, and still using them, I wouldn't try to claim that they are more convenient than MP3s, etc. I just have thousands of the damn things so I'm not trying to jump formats NOW...)
 
2022-01-11 5:22:30 PM  
Two reasons I still buy CDs. (1) so I can rip lossless and (2) cel phone reception is crappy in spots near my house
 
2022-01-11 5:41:01 PM  
According to Billboard...

...here's a bunch of public relations nonsense.
 
2022-01-11 5:43:41 PM  
Meanwhile, Eric Johnson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXpyHb_uRWA

Hehe, Johnson.  I tried to give a "he's the x of guitar" hot take, but there really isn't one.
 
2022-01-11 5:45:21 PM  

SpaceMonkey-66: Two reasons I still buy CDs. (1) so I can rip lossless and (2) cel phone reception is crappy in spots near my house


I think streaming now has you covered.
 
2022-01-11 5:47:43 PM  
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2022-01-11 5:55:01 PM  
I've gone full vinyl and not looking back. Picking up where I left off 20 years ago. My latest acquisition:

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Upon the my-oh-my? This is the day?
Yeah, was worth it.
 
2022-01-11 5:59:44 PM  

Imaginativescreenname: I've gone full vinyl and not looking back. Picking up where I left off 20 years ago. My latest acquisition:

[Fark user image image 425x566]
Upon the my-oh-my? This is the day?
Yeah, was worth it.


Also nabbed this and posting just for the one weird Rainbow fan or die-hard prog-head who knows what this is. More people should hear it though.  Fascinating stuff.
And no it's sadly not the pink vinyl, it's a reissue.

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2022-01-11 6:00:36 PM  

REO-Weedwagon: According to Billboard...

...here's a bunch of public relations nonsense.


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2022-01-11 6:09:15 PM  

RolfBlitzer: Bandcamp is all I need and I own the music.


Second for Bandcamp. It is my preferred digital music platform, and most things are offered in FLAC.
 
2022-01-11 6:19:07 PM  
Vinyl's better if you want something for home, have plenty of space, and are really into music. Digital's way better for portability, or if you're space-constrained, or if you don't GAF about any of the things vinyl brings. CDs are OK if all you've got in your car is a CD player, but decent burners are like $30, tiny, and are powered over USB these days. It's much better to have a $0.10 CD-R you burned some music onto get farked up than a $15 music CD.

I don't get the appeal.
 
2022-01-11 6:55:07 PM  
I haven't bought a CD since Napster was a thing. Now I just subscribe to Amazon Music and listen to whatever I want.
 
2022-01-11 7:15:14 PM  
I traded in my 2015 Mustang GT that had a CD player for a 2019 GT, and realized after I bought it, that doesnt. The center-stack looks exactly the same. Took me a week to realize it.

Hell, my chromebook doesnt have a cd drive. Now that I think about it, I have no way to listen to the 500 CD's I own.
 
2022-01-11 7:26:28 PM  
I buy CDs from smaller labels and artists mostly. But these days I focus on getting physical copies of films, because I do not at all trust streaming services to keep them around indefinitely.
 
2022-01-11 7:57:24 PM  

fallingcow: Vinyl's better if you want something for home, have plenty of space, and are really into music. Digital's way better for portability, or if you're space-constrained, or if you don't GAF about any of the things vinyl brings. CDs are OK if all you've got in your car is a CD player, but decent burners are like $30, tiny, and are powered over USB these days. It's much better to have a $0.10 CD-R you burned some music onto get farked up than a $15 music CD.

I don't get the appeal.


$15? People still pay that much?
I bought some used CDs last year at a record shop and didn't pay more than $4 for any of them.
 
2022-01-11 8:03:38 PM  
I still buy CDs and I even bought a new CD holder last year.

I wish they would re-realease the early CDs before all the "Digitally remastered" BS.  Every CD I have where I have both the AAD and ADD version, the AAD ones sounds better.  Except maybe the A side of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
 
2022-01-11 8:08:11 PM  

Psychopusher: Are CDs going to be the new vinyl?  I like CDs in the same way I prefer dead tree books to digital ones, but I honestly haven't bought one in probably 15 years.


At least with CDs you can get lossless music and no streaming service can take it away from you. It's for this reason I buy physical media for all movies and music I watch and listen to.
 
2022-01-11 8:12:09 PM  

Psychopusher: Are CDs going to be the new vinyl?  I like CDs in the same way I prefer dead tree books to digital ones, but I honestly haven't bought one in probably 15 years.


I hope so. Then my collection that I've held onto for 20 years will finally be worth something.


/Those Sum 41 albums are gonna make me a mint!
 
2022-01-11 8:52:42 PM  

Imaginativescreenname: Imaginativescreenname: I've gone full vinyl and not looking back. Picking up where I left off 20 years ago. My latest acquisition:

[Fark user image image 425x566]
Upon the my-oh-my? This is the day?
Yeah, was worth it.

Also nabbed this and posting just for the one weird Rainbow fan or die-hard prog-head who knows what this is. More people should hear it though.  Fascinating stuff.
And no it's sadly not the pink vinyl, it's a reissue.

[Fark user image image 425x566]


I've got their first album on CD, haven't heard this one though. Tony Carey had some pretty good songs.
 
2022-01-11 8:58:26 PM  
I never stopped buying CDs and my collection currently numbers about 1500 titles. I continue buying them for several reasons:

1. To better support artists whose music I enjoy
2. I prefer physical copies to digital ones (I also buy physical copies of books)
3. They look really nifty when lined up on the custom-made shelving that my husband built for me a few years ago
4. I don't have to worry about a streaming service losing rights to something that I like
5. I only have to buy it once, rather than rent it continuously

I have a much smaller collection of vinyl - mostly stuff that I swiped from my parents - and an even smaller collection of digital music media. But if it's available in CD, that's the format that I buy it in.

I have noticed that the used market for CDs seems to be heating up. Used to be really easy to find just about anything you wanted for fairly cheap, but some used copies are now going for $40 or more depending on the album and condition, even if it's a widely-released one. Not entirely surprising that people may be turning to CDs as the price for good vinyl continues to climb. The entry point for CD collecting is much cheaper.

/Not-even-remotely-interesting story, sis (I know)
 
2022-01-11 10:44:04 PM  

RolfBlitzer: Bandcamp is all I need and I own the music.


you own it as long as you download it before they decide to cancel/delete the page with no warning.
 
2022-01-11 10:46:38 PM  

Psychopusher: Are CDs going to be the new vinyl?  I like CDs in the same way I prefer dead tree books to digital ones, but I honestly haven't bought one in probably 15 years.


No, because the "loudness wars" have completely farked the ability of a CD to make beautiful music. An LP has a physical groove, you can't make the music louder unless you make the capacity less. Van Halen did that but it's not something the record companies can just do as a matter of course.
 
2022-01-11 11:04:21 PM  
I'll stick with reel-to-reel tape, thank you very much.
 
2022-01-11 11:46:01 PM  

stevesporn2000: Psychopusher: Are CDs going to be the new vinyl?  I like CDs in the same way I prefer dead tree books to digital ones, but I honestly haven't bought one in probably 15 years.

No, because the "loudness wars" have completely farked the ability of a CD to make beautiful music.

An LP has a physical groove, you can't make the music louder unless you make the capacity less. Van Halen did that but it's not something the record companies can just do as a matter of course.


The CD can still make great music as long as the mastering isn't hammered ass. So instead, you get half the dynamic range, half the separation, considerable THD, clicks, pops, rumble, and uneven frequency response. You can say you prefer the sound of a record, but it's not better fidelity.

Pick your poison.
 
2022-01-12 12:00:49 AM  

Leader O'Cola: RolfBlitzer: Bandcamp is all I need and I own the music.

you own it as long as you download it before they decide to cancel/delete the page with no warning.


This is true.

I deleted my copy of some stuff a while back. Went to redownload and it's gone. The only drawback of DRMless digital I've encountered.
 
2022-01-12 12:54:49 AM  
The post CD Sales Increased for the First Time Since 2004 appeared first on SPIN.

SPIN is still a thing? Who knew?
 
2022-01-12 9:27:43 AM  

firesign: I think Neil Young was the one that was pointing this out (quite a while ago), but like 99.9% of vinyl printed nowadays is digitally mastered anyways, not analog. So the vinyl sound quality argument is dead. It's all the same (vinyl vs CDs vs MP3s, etc.) They're all the same maximum quality.

So, the current trend of vinyl coming back essentially is just a nostalgia format, and honestly one that's far clunkier than CDs overall
(though, while I'm definitely with godiluvbeer, and still using them, I wouldn't try to claim that they are more convenient than MP3s, etc. I just have thousands of the damn things so I'm not trying to jump formats NOW...)


I still have loads of CDs that I've long since ripped to MP3.  I just like them because you get the liner notes and everything, which you rarely get through iTunes or wherever.  I don't use streaming services and probably never will, so that's not a concern to me -- apart from radio (which is free supported by ads) I don't believe in music (or software) as a service, so I will never subscribe.  If I want to listen to music I like, I'll buy it.

neilbradley: At least with CDs you can get lossless music and no streaming service can take it away from you. It's for this reason I buy physical media for all movies and music I watch and listen to.


Same here (see above).  I don't do streaming and will never subscribe to a service.

stevesporn2000: No, because the "loudness wars" have completely farked the ability of a CD to make beautiful music. An LP has a physical groove, you can't make the music louder unless you make the capacity less. Van Halen did that but it's not something the record companies can just do as a matter of course.


Yeah, that's kind of pissed me off, but it's been a thing for decades at this point so it's really hard to get away from.  They haven't completely farked the dynamic range, but they've certainly limited it by "normalizing" and compressing the fark out of the signal so when you look at the waveform it looks like a rectangle.
 
2022-01-12 1:23:45 PM  
I don't want to have to be connected to anything to use and enjoy what I've already paid for.
Physical media until I die.
 
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