Signals: Death of the music CD

By Steve Outing

Hmmm. Borders dropped this coupon offer into my inbox today. $9.99 for any music CD in the store (single disc).

My first thought: Wow, great deal! Second thought: Why would I want to buy a CD? I haven’t bought one since … I can’t remember the last time. All my music purchases now are digital.

Perhaps this is a sign of the slow death of the music CD? I’m sure they’ll be around for a while longer, serving the still-significant portion of the population that hasn’t yet made the transition to digital music. But just as you seldom see anyone with a film camera, we appear to be headed that way with CDs.

Borders may have to give them away. That’s the price I’d pay for a CD these days.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

4 Responses to "Signals: Death of the music CD"

  1. J. Silfies
    J. Silfies 9 years ago .Reply

    I disagree completely as I still find current bands with new vinyl recordings (my limited edition electric blue Killers Hot Fuss comes to mind). Special editions, bonus tracks, booklets and packaging all have a cathartic appeal to the average consumer.

    Potentially CDs will become a niche product, much like my current vinyl record collection.

  2. J. Silfies
    J. Silfies 9 years ago .Reply

    I disagree completely as I still find current bands with new vinyl recordings (my limited edition electric blue Killers Hot Fuss comes to mind). Special editions, bonus tracks, booklets and packaging all have a cathartic appeal to the average consumer. Potentially CDs will become a niche product, much like my current vinyl record collection.

  3. Dan Blank
    Dan Blank 9 years ago .Reply

    Steve,
    You may want to be careful about using advertisements as sources of analysis, especially this time of year.

    To me, the cd vs. digital debate comes down to ease of use vs. quality. I still purchase most of my music on vinyl, and when I can’t find that, I get the CD. It is higher quality, offers compatibility with all of my systems (it can be ripped or used in my living room), may have extras like lyrics and a nice booklet, and offers an instant full quality backup.

    The music industry is evolving, but we are no longer in the place of pitting one medium against another. CD’s are simply another delivery mechanism for digital music, just like downloading.

    Have a nice evening.
    -Dan

  4. Dan Blank
    Dan Blank 9 years ago .Reply

    Steve, You may want to be careful about using advertisements as sources of analysis, especially this time of year. To me, the cd vs. digital debate comes down to ease of use vs. quality. I still purchase most of my music on vinyl, and when I can't find that, I get the CD. It is higher quality, offers compatibility with all of my systems (it can be ripped or used in my living room), may have extras like lyrics and a nice booklet, and offers an instant full quality backup. The music industry is evolving, but we are no longer in the place of pitting one medium against another. CD's are simply another delivery mechanism for digital music, just like downloading. Have a nice evening. -Dan

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