- Aug 1, 2019
If you call "a yearly drop in revenue of about 20% and in 2020 accounted for less than 2.3% of the total industry, being overtaken by vinyl for the first time since 1986 [eh!?. Let's bring back typewriters!] " rude health, I hate to think what you would classify as being a bit tom-and-****.From what I see CDs are in rude health - if the number of remasters/re-releases are any indication:
1. Metallica - The Black Album
2. Genesis - The Last Domino (the first decent compilation in the band's entire history, discounting the box sets).
3. The new Abba album, dreadful or not, will surely sell on CD by the shipload.
4. and on and on and on
It's clear there is a market for physical medium collectors. If one reads inversely - CDs have taken over SACD!
And to me all these rather good re-releases are another nail in the coffin for hires.
CD sales in revenue may be falling, but in actual unit sales they still surpassed vinyl in the US at least.If you call "a yearly drop in revenue of about 20% and in 2020 accounted for less than 2.3% of the total industry, being overtaken by vinyl for the first time since 1986 [eh!?. Let's bring back typewriters!] " rude health, I hate to think what you would classify as being a bit tom-and-****.
By the way, this forum has a censorship system that puts **** where the word for the short form of the name 'Richard' should be.
The Abba release will be an interesting benchmark. We'll see how the figures stack up.
You are cherry-picking. There will be no "4. and on and on and on". Record companies will produce CDs that have long paid off their initial investment and probably as a result of the number of times an album has been downloaded or streamed.
SACD was always only a niche medium. It was never mainstream in the way CDs have been.
"another nail in the coffin for hires". You are dreaming. Adobe used to sell Photoshop and Lightroom on disc. Now, you cannot buy either of these programmes. You must subscribe to something called the Adobe Creative Cloud. You get the software via download and depending which package you take, you are also allocated a limited storage capacity - in the cloud, not on your physical system. It's called "Gotcha!"
It might seem sensible at the moment to do that, however, ripping your CD's to MP3 degrades the quality, I would store them in FLAC, at the resolution they are recorded in, i.e. CD 44/16, then if you upgrade your HiFi in the future you will appreciate the difference.but I also keep MP3s of everything I like on a NAS.