CD is dead, says premium audio maker
A company whose primary business was once in high-end CD players for audiophiles says the CD player is done for.
Glasgow-based Linn is essentially saying what consumers hooked on iPods and iTunes have known for years, but Linn’s customers are different. They’re big spenders who will pay thousands of pounds for a system with superior audio quality, as opposed to a lossy format such as MP3.
But as Linn’s managing director Gilad Tiefenbrun tells The Guardian, sales of the company’s CD players have declined 40 percent year-over year. Customers are quickly moving to Linn’s hard drive-based systems that can stream music throughout the user’s home. Linn Records, a part of the company that sells music, saw a 17 percent drop in CD sales from last year, with people moving to uncompressed downloads instead. For those customers, Linn sells the Majik DS player, which costs £1,750 and pulls music from a computer or hard drive and uses a high quality digital to analog converter.
For the rest of us, is the CD truly dead? According to The NPD Group, CDs accounted for 65 percent of music purchases in the first half of 2009, and digital files and optical media are expected to balance out next year.
Still, it’s important to make the distinction between CDs and CD players. I still buy CDs on occasion, because I like the the concept of the album, the packaging that comes with it and the idea of having a lossless copy of the music. But in the end, that CD gets ripped into MP3 format and played on my iPod. I wonder how many people in NPD’s research do the same thing.
Even if CDs hang on, I think devices whose sole purpose is playback will fade into obscurity.
12 Comments on CD is dead, says premium audio maker
- Posts: 35
- Posted on: 21 Nov 09 02:32
- Posts: 954
- Posted on: 21 Nov 09 02:50
- Posts: 315
- Posted on: 21 Nov 09 02:51
- Posts: 68
- Posted on: 23 Nov 09 04:31
- Posts: 19904
- Posted on: 23 Nov 09 10:23
- Posts: 230
- Posted on: 23 Nov 09 10:45
I have really slowed down on buying CDs because of how much compression that is now used on them nowadays.
I very rarely buy music CDs nowadays, the reasons (apart from the above) is that I refuse to buy crippled ("copy protected") CDs (well, actually, I try to avoid DRM infected media in general (so no blu-ray for me), normal DVD DRM being sufficiently broken nowadays to render it pretty much irrelevant). (That was too many parenthesis). There is no longer a CD shop where I live, and I have not found any online retailer in my country that reliably warns if a CD is crippled, and I really don't want to have to go through the hassle (and postage costs) that getting refunds would mean.
Many of the bands/artists I listen to that have actually been active over the past decade happen to be signed to Mute, so nearly all music CDs I've bought since crippling became fashionable have been from their in-house store, but it has now been closed, and Mute has been absorbed by the evil EMI empire, meaning their albums are hghly likely to be crippled as well.
Originally Posted by DrageMester
Rather than Compact Disc being dead, perhaps it's High Fidelity as such that is dying?
- Posts: 998
- Posted on: 23 Nov 09 16:45
- Posts: 5
- Posted on: 24 Nov 09 04:58
Do any labels cripple all their releases as a matter of course?
- Posts: 5
- Posted on: 24 Nov 09 05:15
I have really slowed down on buying CDs because of how much compression that is now used on them nowadays. I cannot stand the unnatural sound and my ears get fatigued from listening any length of time. No matter how much you spend on the player, you cannot correct the crappy mastering they do now.
age groups or is the cancer spreading?
Those responsible should be burnt at the stake.
They could certainly at least do a halfway decent job of mastering and
then compress it for release in the inferior formats. I imagine the cost, as usual,
is the reason they don't.
- Posts: 727
- Posted on: 24 Nov 09 05:34
- Posts: 1777
- Posted on: 24 Nov 09 05:41
I have a record collection that may have 1000 records in it I mainly bought when CD started taking over and every one was selling their collections cheap at garage sales. I don't drag out and play them often but I do have a couple of mice turntables and some stuff that isn't heard much anymore.
- Posts: 729
- Posted on: 26 Nov 09 03:03
I get the best of both worlds buying the cd, and I don't have to deal with a format thats restrictive on which devices it can be played back on.
That being said, I'm a big fan of Rock, and most modern Rock isn't very good... they'res a few exceptions, but since I established my CD collection in the 90's, all I buy now are new albums by bands that still put out albums from that era.
I don't own a CD player though, I tend to use the ps3 or a dvd player to play cd's.
Most popular headlines
- Tue 16 Apr 16:12 by DoMiN8ToR
- Software, Windows 8
The upcoming update of Windows 8 might allow users to boot to the desktop again.
- Fri 12 Apr 15:10 by DoMiN8ToR
The number of jobs in the film and music industry in the United States has increased despite the claimed negative effects of illegal downloads.
- Tue 9 Apr 14:23 by DoMiN8ToR
The PirateBay has moved to the domain thepiratebay.gl in fear that their previous domain would be ceased by Swedish authorities
- Wed 17 Apr 13:57 by DoMiN8ToR
- Solid State (ssd)
A Chinese tech site has posted a picture that reveals details on Intel's 9 series chipset.