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EMI Says The CD Is Dead, Is It?

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The CEO of EMI Music (you know, one of the biggest, baddest record companies out there) just recently went on the record saying that, in its current incarnation, the CD is dead. Muerto. Tot. "The CD as it is right now is dead," he said, while burning £100 notes. (Digital music sales accounted for 11 percent of sales in the first half of this year, with CDs accounting for more than 70 percent.)


As it is, now that iTunes and other means of obtaining music are now quite popular with all the cool kids, where do you stand on the status of the CD?


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Feel free to vent against the RIAA and other New World Order institutions in the comments box. As for me, I still listen to vinyl. (How else could I get the latest trance beats?)

EMI Music CEO says the CD is 'dead' [MarketWatch]


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The thing is, I like buying CDs (especially from non-corporation stores). It makes me feel good. You know, that whole reward system thing in the head; and downloading something that in may ways could be seen as imaginary doesn't fulfill that in the same way. Also, the experience of going to a store and interacting with someone who knows what they're talking about is priceless. I found out about one of my favorite bands by going to the record shop and asking "what's good?", the guy went around a pulled out a few albums to play samples of. You can't get that from iTunes or napster, especially considering the crap that's constantly on the top 10 billboard list (and consequentially on the top 10 most recommended songs/albums on iTunes).

I also like _having_ physical media, it's sort of a comfort layer. Knowing that my music is /right there/ not "oh it's somewhere on a platter somewhere in my computer." Not to mention many CDs have neat packaging.

That said I never actually use CDs. Everything is ripped onto my computer and/or iPod. Convenience FTW.