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Are your CDs dying a slow death?
7 February 2018
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Best Buy is stopping CD sales in July, and Target may follow. Warner music is offering buyouts to employees who deal in physical media.

Fox News ran a segment on the death of the CD.

It looks like they are really trying to kill CDs.

I am going to buy a new CD player just so I can have one when they stop manufacturing them and my current one dies.

I am not happy with the state of downloads. Most songs are 256 kbps or 256 VBR, which is not even the best quality mp3. A CD has much more information and better sound quality.

I think trying to kill off physical formats before there are even high quality digital replacements (such as lossless download sites with wide selections of albums) is a poor idea.

And personally, I prefer CD to scratchy vinyl records.

I guess I’ll be one of those weird enthusiasts who still collects a dead format.

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I don’t play my CDs as much as I should, but I still have them all, lined up in chronological order on my desk. (I’ve ripped them myself for more portable listening.) And I was taking one out the other day and reflected that one tactile aspect of the CD that no other format has is that a CD is a shiny round flat thing that is just small enough to fit in your hand but too big to fit in your palm, sort of an awkward size that’s perfect for holding like it’s some kind of futuristic weapon-disk. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

In other words, I am quite fond of CDs.

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7 February 2018
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The death of the CD is very sad,although one thing I won’t miss is lending to a friend who never returns it,that used to drive me nuts. paul-mccartney

 

Off topic slightly,but I still have a VHS video player. Still works, and I still use it! 

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7 February 2018
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Formats I use:

Cassette tape

VHS tape

DVD

Blu-ray

CD

CD-R, DVD-R, and BD-R

Vinyl (45 rpm and 33 1/3 rpm)

Apple Lossless, mp3 and AAC

 

Formats I don’t use:

8-track

reel to reel

Betamax

Laserdisc

HD-DVD

SACD

Vinyl (78 rpm)

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7 February 2018
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I am proudly playing a CD right now. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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7 February 2018
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Yay! I will be proudly buying another CD player soon. I already have about six of them (I have one home CD player that hooks into a receiver, three disc-mans, one jam box, and a CD player/iPod dock with speakers).

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7 February 2018
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I am proudly playing a CD right now. a-hard-days-night-john-1  

She’s using it as a cymbal in her makeshift drumkit… a-hard-days-night-george-10

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7 February 2018
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She’s using it as a cymbal in her makeshift drumkit… a-hard-days-night-george-10  

Are you kidding? That would ruin it! I’d never be able to play it again! And then how would I get my Houses of the Holy fix?! paul-mccartney

Anyway, I was using it to battle off space-bandits. a-hard-days-night-george-4

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Are you kidding? That would ruin it! I’d never be able to play it again! And then how would I get my Houses of the Holy fix?! paul-mccartney

Anyway, I was using it to battle off space-bandits. a-hard-days-night-george-4

Weren’t you there at the launch, @Beatlebug? I remember watching it well back on Tomorrow’s World in the late ’70s or early ’80s. They told us most assuredly, indestructible these discs are. We could drive over it in a tank with spiked tracks, roast it with a flamethrower, toast it with jam on the playing side, feed it through a wood chipper, and nothing would affect its perfect sound. So, given the decades of experience we’ve all had with it since those early messages, you want me to believe using it as a cymbal might affect it…

Tsk… there’s always people raining on new technology, saying it ain’t as good as what they say it is…

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7 February 2018
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It kinda sucks that best buy and target are doing this. Although to be honest, i havent found anything i really wanted in any of those sections in quite awhile.

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7 February 2018
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I think the last CDs I bought at Target were a remastered CD of The Doors self-titled and a collection of Elvis love songs. But yes, their selection is bad and mainly top 40 stuff I would never listen to.

Yes, CDs are not indestructible, but they are less destructible than vinyl. You can put tons of scratches on a CD and it won’t affect the play unless the scratches are deep. Not so with vinyl. Vinyl can take slight surface scratches, but only if they are very slight. And then you have dust and dirt that get in the grooves, and the discs can warp, etc.

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I buy all my CDs used anyway from the record shop. Brand new CDs are about 3-4x as expensive. Plus, CDs don’t lose quality when played, so theres no downgrade with a used CD, unlike Vinyl. 

But just like vinyl, CDs aren’t going away for good. People have too much nostalgia and technology invested in them. 

The primary ways I listen to music are

mp3s on my iPod downloaded from CDs

CDs in the car

mp3s of Live shows or bootlegs downloaded online

Vinyl Records. 

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I haven’t bought a CD from Target in 2 years. Even the worst Wal-Mart CD Sections are better than Targets

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I only buy CDs from charity shops if I see an album (recent examples include Queen’s Innuendo) that I want in physical form but don’t want quite enough to splash out on vinyl.

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Expert Textpert said
Best Buy is stopping CD sales in July, and Target may follow.

To be honest, I think this says more about brick-and-mortar retailers struggling than CDs. Best Buy doesn’t want to devote so much space to such a low-ticket item because they’re struggling. 

If people are buying CDs, they’re likely buying them online. 

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My laptop doesn’t have the ability to have a CD/DVD player and haven’t played a CD in years – tho about 5 months ago I did rip some Emmylou CD’s to my old laptop as they were cheaper to buy then than download. Oh. I bought the ‘Pepper’ box thing back in June and ripped than to my laptop as well.

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8 February 2018
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Ron Nasty said

Weren’t you there at the launch, @Beatlebug?

I remember when one of my brothers was a little late to the game when it came to CDs but was interested in hearing them, so when he was over once I put on Hey Jude toward the end with about a minute or so left.  He said, “Can I turn it up?”  I said, “There’s the volume control.”  I braced myself for the start of Revolution and watched him nearly jump out of his skin.  He became an instant fan of CDs.

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I remember when one of my brothers was a little late to the game when it came to CDs but was interested in hearing them, so when he was over once I put on Hey Jude toward the end with about a minute or so left.  He said, “Can I turn it up?”  I said, “There’s the volume control.”  I braced myself for the start of Revolution and watched him nearly jump out of his skin.  He became an instant fan of CDs.  

Music jump-scares are the best.

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I like my CDs!

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I wonder if Amazon will sell them still.  They sell lots of things other physical stores just don’t carry anymore.

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