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No More CDs
Published on November 10, 2011 by Sara Foss

I'm not an early adopter of new technologies, and I tend to hang on to obsolete technologies for as long as possible.

When I visited my friend Susanna in the British Virgin Islands, she expressed some amazement that I still buy CDs - something she hasn't done in about ten years, preferring to download music and store it on her computer or iPod. "I just like CDs," I said, and she shook her head, baffled by my recalcitrance.

After I returned home, Susanna emailed me this article suggesting that the CD will be dead within 14 months. Could this be true? I have no idea. But I'm kind of worried. As I said, I like CDs. It might be irrational, but I don't care. 

User Comments
Tony Are | November 11, 2011 19:09

In this case you are not being irrational. Mp3s, as wonderful as they are, are COMPRESSED files--some of the sound is being taken away. You are not supposed to be able to hear it, but pretty much anyone with a stereo at their house can hear it. CDs have the uncompressed original files and sound better (whether they sound better than analog recordings I will leave to the fanatics to argue over, which they do constantly).

In music we are trading convenience for quality with this switch (which I am sure is going to come soon--it is much more expensive to manufacture and distribute physical goods). Also, even though they are tiny, CDs do still have cover art. In the future kids wont even know that music was ever associated with artwork.

Eric | November 13, 2011 22:07

I also have about 99% of my music collection on CDs and I still listen to them on a daily basis. I very much doubt they'll be gone in 14 months. As Tony Are says, the quality is just better. But like vinyl, eventually only bands that actually care what their music sounds like will release physical CDs. Since a lot of Top 40 music is so over-produced that you're not actually hearing real instruments, there won't be much of a point to releasing a real CD.

sarafoss | November 13, 2011 22:32

I'm happy to hear that I'm not the only person who still buys CDs ... and that I'm not being irrational. They really are better!

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