CD's...will they stick around?

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  1. damacman

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    Care to cite a few examples? I may have a few!
     
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  3. vmartell

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    Indeed - right now - CDs (and SACD, DVD-A, and Blu-ray Audio) are a good compromise between convenience and well, packaging - as won't tell my story again, as I told it elsewhere in the site, but, tldr, I am falling in love again with the format - coming of age in the late 80s and 90s, amassed a huge collection and due that I want my tags to be perfect ( I even re-tag my hires download buys), ripping was taking forever - got a CD player first, after many years of not having one then a universal player - Tell you the truth cannot be happier - I am actually listening to music instead of ripping/tagging - enjoy the liner notes, and yes the convenience if not having to transfer to the computer or do the vinyl ritual... and as a great bonus, a lot of great sounding SACDs from Analogue Productions, Mo-Fi, and Bluy-Ray audios from Universal, not to mention some great bargains from Berkshire... how long will this last? it does worry me -

    Well if it ends, I do have a sweet computer based setup. That said, right now is my last preference behind SACD/Blu-Ray Audio, CD, and Vinyl....

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    Not enough - however I think a pdf of the full liner notes is a good compromise - why the f*ck the companies won't included them with downloads it beyond me - although to be fair I also wonder why the f*ck the music playing software (JRiver, etc) out there don't have a mechanism to detect if there are pdfs in the album directory and display them attractively... I would prefer that to Roon's approach of getting stuff from the internet about the artist and/or album...

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    In a perfect world, yes - where actual liner notes are actually found with the CD.

    For me, the convenience of instant access to anything is overwhelmingly more important.
     
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    Any David Bowie CD released on the RCA label (they were already collector CDs before Bowie's passing)....

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    I still enjoy my CD’s, records and even a few cassettes.

    CD’s are great for the car but now cars have the world of music at your command so we no longer need to deal with all of the hastles with taking CD’s in the car, losing them, scratching them, where’s the case etc.

    (I still do that)

    This also happens in the home music listening environment, losing the case, where’s the CD that I’m looking for.

    Physical media continues to be collected by the collectors until they also pass and then “The Source” which surpasses the sound of all these mediums will become the new norm.

    The record stands the best chance of survival because of the art and novelty.

    It’s still a mystery as to how that little needle rides on a disc and creates beautiful and unique sound and so people will continue to want records.

    CD’s are becoming worthless but not to some of us who won’t let go because we have so many of them.

    Then we die and leave the people sorting out our worldly possessions wandering what to do with them and why we had so many.
     
  8. eljr

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    The Cd is no different than the cassette. Time has passed it by.
     
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    Time may be passing by the CD, but it has an advantage over cassette in that people are still buying computers and BluRay players that can rip and play CDs. The 5 inch (12cm) disc is still a standard for media players, which remain backwards compatible with old redbook CDs, and I don't see that changing soon. The average consumer buying a $1 used CD at a thrift will continue to have the hardware to listen to it, unlike an LP or cassette tape.
     
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    Isn't that what they said about vinyl?
     
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    Yes ... but Generals always fight the last war. Happened this way last time so it stands to reason it will be the same this time.

    IMHO ... Vinyl was an aberration or outlier.

    Time will tell.
     
  12. zebra03

    zebra03 All Audio - NO BS

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    I think every major new album still comes out on CD , right ?
     
  13. eljr

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    LP's are much more sensory pleasing, there is a pageantry, a romance to them.

    The artwork, the care taking, the attention and effort they require.

    And let's not forget, they are analog which offers a point of distinction. With all this going for them they are still just a niche.

    The CD is digital and frankly better digital is available in downloads. So then why CD?

    I see the CD going the way of the reel to reel, 8 track, cassette as it is not an alternative to digital, it is not an enhanced environment for art work and it offers no pageantry as with a turntable, the needle drop, flipping the thing, the cleaning....

    I promise you, the CD is dead.

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    zebra03 All Audio - NO BS

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    Yeah , I'll take that right to the bank . You take romance for your music delivery . I'll take sound quality and no distortion and no clicks .
     
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    I am pretty sure you read my post out of context. :whip:

    :)
     
  16. zebra03

    zebra03 All Audio - NO BS

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    I'm fine
     
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    1.Best Buy never had a broad selection...
    2.They make more profit on dishwashers...so, cd bins took a valuable display space on the floor..
    3.Same here...but I am heavy into SACD (classical)...still need to open the box, pull out the booklet, read it, check out pictures, how, when, who...recorded it etc etc..
    4.When I listen to my flacs off usb...sometimes I get a similar feeling like listening to some Muzak in an elevator...a bit detached
     
  18. KrisM

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    That's unfortunate. And I'm not singling out Roon here.
    Stripping away full liner notes in this day and age, tech-wise, seems silly to me. It takes up almost no data space(assuming non crazy rez sizes), and is a part of the listening experience. Especially with historical or legacy recordings.
    If I can fire up a scanner why can't the music industry? ;) Or better yet, why don't they have this stuff digitized already somewhere?
     
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    I do a lot of FLAC listening with an ios app called FileBrowser. Because it looks for files/folders the artwork folders show up, and I can view them on a smart device while listening.
    I'm with you, I'm confused as to why the 'proper' music players, streamers, etc can't get on top of this?
     
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  20. eljr

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    maybe i am not following

    are you saying that you prefer CD's (digital) to LP's or the other way around?
     

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