I have been trolling through these kinds of threads a lot, and I do want to share my 2 cents. First of all, I am young, like in my 20s. I never use streaming services (except for YouTube when sampling songs) and I only buy CDs and occasionally download a track that I like, and never buy vinyl nor cassette. It's not as if I hate vinyl, and hate that people are buying vinyl (in fact I do see why people like vinyl), I really just don't care for it personally. I remember when I was growing up around the turn of the Millennium, CDs were literally everywhere, I mean the format was inescapable. Over time though, I did certainly notice a shift in buying patterns to where that leaves us today in regards to CDs. In and around 1999-2004, along with the traditional pop music, like *NSYNC and whatever, I also started listening to my parents CDs early on, mostly listening to reggae and classical, as my dad has a quite sizeable classical collection of CDs. I remember I like all the jewel cases of all those 80s CDs and the ritual of putting them on the disc changer. As a side-note, we never torrented, ever and my parents were sure to reinforce that in me early on. My serious music listening phase took off in around 2005, when I got my first iPod and I really started to pull them off the shelves. I remember my first one that I really listened to was Love over Gold by Dire Straits (the original Vertigo swirl, I may add!), and they are still one of my favorites. Then, in and around 2008, I moved on to digital downloads, with the occasional CD purchase, while still listening to my parents CDs of U2, Boston, Dire Straits, etc. I also started to listen to YouTube for music. It wasn't until mid-2011, in which I really really really started to collect CDs. Since then I haven't looked back, and have, to this date attained quite a sizeable collection. And that leads me to my real point, in that the years from around 2008 to 2016 were arguably the absolute best time to collect CDs. Because, there was a choice. I will explain what I mean but first I want to acknowledge that the years between 2016-2018 (and, in my opinion, onward from here), while they have kind of taken a bit of a downslide in terms of being able to buy them, people clearly still do buy CDs (although in smaller quantities), and they are still able to be purchased at brick and mortar stores (although less of them are stocking them) and online, and there are still plenty of devices that. In truth, despite this decline (yes I am aware there is one), I still have managed to buy a lot of new and albums, albeit just not quite as easily and I still think I will be able to in the near future (yes I do, they are still going to be here in the near future). Getting pack to my point about the "choice," one thing that I don't think that people realize about the 2010s, especially the early 2010s is the jaw-dropping amount of media choices that were available. Heck, Blockbuster was still around until 2013. 2013! It was really only the narrow window of time between the years of 2011-2012, when virtually everybody who consumed music or video could do one or all of the following things: buy a CD from their local record store or big box store for less than an arm and a leg (for the most part) play it in their car stereo as there were next to zero cars that didn't have them at this point (yes I do acknowledge there are fewer CD players in cars, but I mean there are still 2019 cars that do have them so idk) pop it into their disc drive on their computers (yes, I (and I'm sure many others who still use discs) do use an external drive for my computer downstairs that doesn't have one, but I digress) purchase a download off of iTunes head down to Blockbuster and pick up a DVD/Blu-ray or video game for a week head down to Redbox and pick a DVD/Blu-ray or video game for a week head down to their local video rental store and pick up a DVD/Blu-ray for a week head down to their local library and pick up a DVD/Blu-ray for a week buy a new VCR and watch old VHS tapes (they were pretty much eliminated from the marketplace in 2007) watch Netflix digitally watch Netflix on DVD listen to downloaded music on your iPhone listen to Spotify on your iPhone I guess torrent music or videos, although I wouldn't support that and I would say that this narrow pinhole of time between 2011-2012 was an absolutely magical period of time for choice in terms of home media that nobody really even bothered to realize was there. Literally EVERYTHING was available. Nobody (I guess unless they had a MacBook Air or a Tesla or a Smart Car) would have ever really said that they "don't have a CD player anymore" during this time period. I mean think about it, this wasn't even a decade ago! As for my collecting years between 2011-2016 (as a side note my favorite record chain closed the following year which left me devastated), while I have seen stores come and go (for those of you who are hearing that Best Buy is stopping the sale of CDs, realize that in my country, they stopped selling them in 2014, and I have survived lol). Now as of 2018, while I still do manage to find new CDs either online, at a store, or through special order, I will agree that a lot has changed over those 6-7 years, and I am both very, very pessimistic, yet skeptical about the rise of streaming. I would say that I am skeptical because I think it is too good to be true. If streaming is the future, why is it that both Spotify still fails to make money and artists still fail to make money off of them? Why is it that Jimmy Iovine agrees that streaming is not a good business model? Because it's not, and that's what worries me about the future of the music industry, that people are going to get used to streaming even though this whole "unlimited music for little to no money" business may in fact be a blip in time. The music industry has seen formats come and go, and only ones that really work (like vinyl, CD, and even cassette to a degree) will continue to last for decades upon decades. As for the CD, I think it will be fine, because it will be an alternative to vinyl. While sales may certainly not be 2000-level, or will ever be, they will remain to experience at least halfway decent sales in the near futures. While people have said that CDs will not experience a comeback, I for one think that they absolutely will, maybe at around 2028 or 2032. I think this is the result of 1) the fact that it is fundamentally a good format (unlike cassette which has true inescapable flaws) 2) the simple fact that they will last a long time with minimal care 3) the fact that I, among many other people who like collecting don't really care for vinyl much for various reasons (that I will mention below I promise) will want an alternative physical format 4) the longevity and consistency of the format 5) the fact that there are so many parallels to the vinyl resurgence that it is hard to reconcile (they were once "uncool" so everybody started dumping them for cheap, and now they're as of 2018 hip and cool right now) 6) I think people might think CDs could be aesthetically "cool" in the future too, but this is hard to prove. 7) I think maybe even streaming may cease or become too restrictive For me personally, I still collect CDs because they are cheaper than vinyl, more fulfilling than downloads, as convenient and practical as cassettes in terms of portability, I like to look at them, I like to read the booklets, and honestly I don't really like the idea having to buy several different pieces of equipment in order to play them (just my PERSONAL view, okay), and I love playing them in the car. It's honestly the only way that I listen to music while driving or being driven and I will not every buy a car new or used that either 1) does not have them or 2) does not have the ability to modify them so I can add one aftermarket. I also despise that, even though several car companies still do have them, many car companies are not just eliminating the CD player in cars (come on it's like one measly slot!) but are also making them harder to modify, taking away the factor of choice and customizability, but that's kind of a different story. Finally I also like being able to support artists by buying them new, even though I also buy used. I think the major problem is not the decline in popularity, but the idea that it is obsolete when it truly isn't. Perceived obsolescence and functional obsolescence. To me, I think that it is part of a greater plan to eliminate choice by eliminating physical media altogether, which I frankly find alarming. All I know is that I like the idea that when my great grandkids pull out my copies of Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, and Vampire Weekend from my IKEA boxes in 2100, that they will still likely be able to play them (I think it's been widely established that widespread disc rot is kind of a myth, and that it only Anyway, I could literally go on and on and on and on and on and on about this, but I will have to cut it short, so in short (or in long, whatever) that's basically my whole spiel on them. No, they are not obsolete and they never really will be.