Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by SlimepantsMcgee, Feb 20, 2020.
End of an Era – CD Baby Shutting Down Its Online Music Store
Never used them to buy a cd.
I am glad they seem to be adaptive. But I am sure the news will be received by some as the sky is falling cd conspiracy.
Every small run artist or band used CD Baby for online CD sales for years.
I had maybe four CDs for a local artist that I either recorded and/or produced up on CD Baby 10 years ago.
Bye-bye baby, bye-bye.
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They are based out here in Portland OR.
I get all my CDs either on ebay or Book-Off (used book store but carries tons of CDs, for $1-$3 each). I know many stores are dumping CDs, but they will make a comeback someday, just like vinyl did, and cassettes.
Just a statement of the company CD Baby, not on-line CD sales in general.
Once CD's go OOP, they'll be in demand.
Wish I had a crystal ball.
My band uses CD baby to publish music. That's what it's main use is for. I think the CD sales end probably didn't generate any revenue so they decided to stop.
This forum should have supported them more, their shipping updates were very creative.
They were made for this place.
Not so sure of that. But their prices certainly go up.
I certainly did. They released a lot of CDs by artists I supported. Them stopping CD production is actually quite a blow to me. Lots of indie stuff now OOP and I can't even find FLAC downloads of some.
I don't know anything about their inner-workings but outwardly they did have a fun atmosphere.
I got a lot of empty CD cases from them, people would opt to save shipping costs by omitting the cases, never needed to buy any for my CDRs.
i went there a few times, but as someone above mentioned, a wee bit overpriced.
I love CD Baby...
Definitely. A number of titles released by Heart of Texas Records either became unavailable or extremely expensive after CD Baby stopped selling titles through their site. Fortunately, that particular label gets distribution and has been working to rectify the situation.
I was there, 1 year ago
As long as hipsters don't convert from vinyl to CD, CD prices should stay low.
CD Baby produces good stuff, but at a premium. I always opted for Kunaki for lower volume/cheaper runs. It does the job, really not a huge enough leap from CD Baby to Kunaki IMHO. Were established artists (selling thousands or tens of thousands of units) even using CD Baby?
I've only inherited a few CD Baby distributions, have never used them myself (buying or selling) because of the price.
Difference being there's a compelling reason compact discs will come back - it's a good medium.
Yes, agreed. I don't know how vinyl and cassettes made a comeback. I guess hipsters are to blame.
I love CDs and they are by far my primary collecting and purchasing medium.
However, CDs are very unlikely to make any real comeback, because they have one major flaw when compared with vinyl and cassette: The musical information on them is identical (or virtually identical in the case of CD vs high-bitrate mp3/AAC) to what folks can get with streaming.
A huge part of the charm of vinyl, and to a lesser extent cassette, is that it's an analogue medium that has a sound that is often noticeably different than streaming/digital files. Again, this is not a type of charm that appeals to me - I strongly prefer CDs. But it's clearly something that's a major part of the appeal of vinyl (and cassette) to most of the people who are responsible for that medium's resurgence.
In addition, vinyl is a tactile, art-rich medium. And because CDs are so much smaller, and often encased in jewel cases rather than paper sleeves, their tactile quality and artwork size are viewed as inferior by most folks who value those aspects of the vinyl experience.
Finally, you can see a record spinning on the platter, and with most modern turntables you are involved in positing the arm, flipping the disc, and so on - again, not benefits in my book personally, but clearly major attractions of the format for many people.
In short, CDs are not different enough from digital/streaming files to attract a whole lot of folks these days - and the physical/tactile/aesthetic qualities of CDs are for many people all done better by vinyl.
If CD makes any kind of comeback, I would imagine it would be a very niche thing, somewhat bigger than the hyper-niche 8-track collecting community and somewhat smaller than the still-niche cassette comeback.
The silver lining for those of us who like CDs is that there's never been a better time to buy them inexpensively on the used market! And thank goodness for places like this where a critical mass of CD lovers can get together to by, sell, trade, discuss, post images, and share information.
Vinyl records are for hipsters.
I think, aside from the good points you made about the positives with vinyl [there really are none for cassette, are there? ], you missed an obvious point regarding why CDs would have a comeback... control. The music industry is slowly luring listeners into surrendering control of their musical intake. Streaming only has one final outcome - control of all music. Once no one buys and owns direct access to their own library of music (whether digital files or a digital medium like CD), the music industry can charge whatever price they want since they own the means to accessing music.
It's not far fetched, we've already veered off the highway and are nearly at the end of that offramp.
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