Numerous news sites reported that as of this weekend, retailer Best Buy was calling it quits on CD sales, apparently all citing a report from Billboard in February giving a July 1st, 2018 kill date at the chain. That’s not the case, though it does appear to be true that Best Buy has made the fairly obvious business …
Can you believe “Weird Al” Yankovic has been parodying popular music for 33 years now? It’s a testament to his talents as a musician and songwriter that he’s still around all these years later, and if you’re as big a fan of “Weird Al” now as you were in the ‘80s, a new box set of all his albums—including some new…
If you jumped on the music-streaming bandwagon, there’s a good chance you’ve been left with a shelf full of CDs gathering dust. Lucky for you, there are a couple of apps that make adding your old albums to Spotify super easy—so you can finally throw out all of that physical media for good. Here’s how to do it.
Give a person a fish and they’ll eat for a day. Give a person a workshop full of tools and they’ll build an utterly amazing cannon that launches CDs and DVDs like a machine gun. If there’s a better way to destroy a stack of misburned CDs, the internet hasn’t seen it yet.
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 …
Hello. I'm a 33-year old father of two, and I just bought a Taylor Swift CD on Amazon. Let me explain the CD part.
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…
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.
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?
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?
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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
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?