Starbucks Is Quitting CDs, and So Am I

Nearly two years ago, I bought a CD while waiting for a bucket-sized iced coffee, sweet with a splash of whole milk. It wasn't a long wait, but it was long enough for me to spot the new Vampire Weekend album, remember I'd pirated their first two and hand my Starbucks gift card back to the barista. "I'll also take » 2/20/15 3:30pm 2/20/15 3:30pm

How Long Will CDs Actually Last?

Once upon a time, CDs were a shiny new technology with a promise of lasting (nearly) forever. In those halcyon days of the 1990s, museums and symphonies began transferring their archives to CDs—a decision that in retrospect may not have been so wise. The catch is that some CDs are durable and others are not; we just… » 8/19/14 6:37pm 8/19/14 6:37pm

The Only Motion In This Music Video Is From Spinning CDs

Phenakistoscopes are old school machines that used illustrated discs to create animation. Kind of the round version of a flip book. And the Japanese band SOUR wanted those methods in their music video. The whole thing is pretty mesmerizing. » 10/27/13 9:00pm 10/27/13 9:00pm

What Is High-Resolution Audio?

This week, Sony unleashed a battery of expensive audio gear that claims to support "high-resolution audio" which, like "ultra high-definition" in the video world, sounds pretty snazzy. But what does high-resolution audio mean? And will HRA really make the music sound better? » 9/06/13 11:00am 9/06/13 11:00am

Are Cassettes the Best Music Format for Toddlers?

As many of us do, I recently ended up in a Facebook conversation about parenting or music. In this case, it was about both conversational mainstays: Namely, how do you allow a child in 2013 to decide to listen to something of their choosing? » 5/24/13 2:00pm 5/24/13 2:00pm

All It Takes Is a Lego Jukebox To Make Your CDs Almost Useful Again

Be honest, when was the last time you actually listened to a CD? Granted, it's not exactly hard to throw one into the drive; it's just that streaming is soooo much easier. Well with just a little bit of help from Lego, a tinkerer named Ralph gave his CD collection a second chance at usefulness. » 5/11/13 4:00pm 5/11/13 4:00pm

This Impeccably Accurate CD Player Scans Your Disc Multiple Times for…

It turns out that even the most expensive of home stereo CD players are still occasionally susceptible of incorrectly reading the data on the disc, which can ruin the listening experience. So a company called Parasound has created the CD 1, a Linux-powered standalone CD player that actually reads a disc multiple times… » 3/25/13 1:40pm 3/25/13 1:40pm

Have You Been Buying CDs This Whole Time?

How many CDs did you buy in the last 15 years? Because if you bought some, and you bought them from Amazon they're about to show up in your Amazon music cloud. But, uh... has anyone been buying them? » 1/10/13 12:46pm 1/10/13 12:46pm

Amazon to Provide CD Buyers With Cloud-Based MP3s For Free (Update:…

CNET is reporting that Amazon is planning to launch a reward scheme for CD buyers. When they purchase music in its physical form, they'll also receive a digital copy, which they'll be able to listen to via Amazon's cloud music service. » 1/10/13 9:14am 1/10/13 9:14am

Will We Finally See a 1 TB Optical Disc in 2015?

Compared to a C-ROM's meager 700 MB storage space, and a DVD's 5-ish GB, a Blu-Ray's 25 GB is pretty impressive. All of those are nothing compared to a whole Terabyte though, and that's what FujiFilm is planning to pack on an optical disc arriving in 2015. » 11/18/12 1:00pm 11/18/12 1:00pm

Mammoth Outdoor Artwork Brings 100,000 CDs Back to Life

If CD's aren't dead already, they're dying. After all, plenty of devices being made don't even have optical drives any more. So what do we do with all those old discs we've just got lying around? Artist Bruce Munro has been using them to create mammoth, outdated-media art installations. » 11/18/12 9:09am 11/18/12 9:09am

Happy 30th Birthday to the CD, Digital Music's Patient Zero

30 years ago today, a game-changing pair of products were announced: Billy Joel's 52nd Street on Compact Disc, and the Sony CDP-101, the first device to be able to play it. And the age of the CD was born. » 10/01/12 10:20am 10/01/12 10:20am

What Have You Done with All Your Old CDs and DVDs?

Because we're not all artists who can turn dead media into a gigantic skull, I'm curious as to what you guys have done with your dusty collection of CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, Laserdiscs, VHS Tapes and all other old, physical media? It seems heartless to toss 'em out but they're also so completely useless. What to do? » 9/11/12 7:30pm 9/11/12 7:30pm

A Gigantic Skull Made From VHS Tapes and CDs Is a Fitting After Life…

I have a gigantic case full of CDs that I have no idea what to do with. Do I toss them out? Do I save them for my kids? I'm sure other people have the same questions with their dead physical media—CDs, video tapes, DVDs, soon to be Blu-Rays—what's going to happen to all of that? Why not turn it into a giant skull… » 9/10/12 10:30pm 9/10/12 10:30pm

Digital Music Sales Beat Physical Music Sales for the First Time

It took longer than I thought it would (because physical music sales still makes the monies) but digital music sales has finally topped physical music sales. According to Nielsen and Billboard, digital music sales accounted for 50.3% of total music sales, more than half the pie. What took so long? » 1/05/12 4:02pm 1/05/12 4:02pm

What a Band Really Makes from Streaming Sales

UK band Uniform Motion recently released their third album, One Frame Per Second. Here, they break down exactly how much of that sweet streaming money pie is left over for the musicians—and it's even less than you think: » 9/15/11 11:21am 9/15/11 11:21am

Ford Is Purging CD Players from Their Cars

In a surprising yet also unsurprising move, Ford is killing off the CD player in the Ford Focus in Europe. Soon, they'll be purging CD players from the rest of their line too. Are we ready for this in America? » 8/05/11 12:22pm 8/05/11 12:22pm

65,000 CDs Turn an Ex-Funeral Home Into an Ocean of Songs

If you were having trouble finding some blank CDs in Paris recently, here's your answer: an art team made a carpet with 65,000 of them at the ex-funeral parlor-turned art space Centquatre, which can be visited until September 10th. [WasteLandscape via Dezeen] » 8/03/11 7:48am 8/03/11 7:48am

This Is What the Dying Music Industry Looks Like

Instead of eulogies for a music industry too slow to adapt to the digital age, its mourners should just print up this chart on huge poster boards. And while digital sales are helping staunch the bleeding, as you can see here it's not nearly enough. » 2/18/11 9:00am 2/18/11 9:00am