CD's Gone By 2020?

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  1. Fannymac

    Fannymac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Los Osos, CA
    I just had a pretty well-known producer tell me that most music releases will be digital only by next year. Not sure how true this is, but I have had three 2019 releases either announced or released this past week (Maddie Poppe, The Refugees, Boxing Gandhis) that will be digital only releases, which is a record for me.
    Any thoughts?
  2. Channel Z

    Channel Z Forum Resident


    BRODNATION Tomorrow Never Dies because Tomorrow Never Knows

    I don’t think so, the CD is out dated but until we got a more wide spread adoption of high quality online music I want the CD to stick around. Maybe 2025 I will let it go
  4. Heart of Gold

    Heart of Gold Forum Resident

    Never heard about these
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  5. scobb

    scobb Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    Given the premise is
    The title of the tread is misleading at best!
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    BRODNATION Tomorrow Never Dies because Tomorrow Never Knows

    Also just saying,
    The CD is 40 years old in 2022. Just putting that out there.
  7. Zbriscoe1

    Zbriscoe1 Forum Resident

    jacksonville, nc
    I think for newer artists i could see that shift over the next year. But for seasoned artists they know that their fan base consume music in many different ways. I dont see it happening for atleast 5 years. buy then major labels will probably be completely changed over,but i think the independents will always distrubute as long as there is demand.
  8. SoporJoe

    SoporJoe Top 5 Reviewer

    British Columbia
    “Most”? Yeah, possibly. It will still have a niche market for a while though
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  9. asdf35

    asdf35 Forum Resident

    Austin TX
    I have to imagine that if the threat materialized, the backlash would correct it. We see what the "save vinyl" and "vinyl revival" has done. CD's are much cheaper and easier to make, so a "Save CD's" movement would be easy.

    My concern is for CD players. Need my laser's, ya'll.
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  10. zphage

    zphage inappropriately touching the out of touch

    Funny, that very same producer told me that last year, about this year.

    BRODNATION Tomorrow Never Dies because Tomorrow Never Knows

    When are we going to get the perfect format. Vinyl like packaging. But a Blu-ray with 192/24 files for the album. Also a limit to DR compression. You ain’t brickwalling my music!!
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  12. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Hopefully the forced and premature eradication of Records (now called Vinyl) throughout the Eighties by the Records Labels taught them a lesson in fulfilling consumer demand.

    On the flip side, I’m sure there are eager accountants advocating to the finance executives who are seeking effective cost cutting that the manufacturing, maintenance, distribution, shipping and storage costs of CDs are an unnecessary and exorbitant expenditure in the 21st Century.
  13. Crimson jon

    Crimson jon Forum Resident

    Yeah but where's the analog warmth lost to most digital media.
  14. Road Ratt

    Road Ratt Senior Member

    I won't ever buy digital download only music.

    BRODNATION Tomorrow Never Dies because Tomorrow Never Knows

    Ok nothing is perfect
  16. Guy from Ohio

    Guy from Ohio Forum Resident

    Lisa Coleman's beautiful ambient release Collage just came out as download only, i need at the very least a CD.

    Collage, by Lisa Coleman
  17. Dan Steele

    Dan Steele Forum Resident

    Chicago suburbs
  18. Gaslight

    Gaslight Kokomo or My Ding-a-Ling : Shoulda been a poll

    Northeast USA
    CD's, or Lisa Coleman'?
  19. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    It can’t happen because Time-Life won’t be able to sell all those music sets “ that I could spend a lifetime trying to assemble all the songs, that bring back the memories of that wonderful era, and....they’re digitally remastered!
  20. The Hud

    The Hud Where The Demons Dwell

    My wife said I can't download Lisa Coleman. :(
  21. SoundDoctor

    SoundDoctor Forum Resident

    United States
    They are definitely dying and less major label releases are coming out on CD (BROCKHAMPTON's "iridescence" on RCA last year is a fantastic example; digital, vinyl, and cassette releases, but no CD), but I don't think they will be completely gone by 2020. There are still people who haven't made the move to streaming yet (that's their fault), and the labels won't want to abandon potential sales by pulling the plug on CDs abruptly (they are dying, but still selling a bit). Telling people to jump immediately from CDs to another format isn't a good PR move.

    And I say this as somebody who is a strong supporter of the far superior LP...
  22. Son of Ziggy

    Son of Ziggy Forum Resident

    I wouldn’t miss them, people are buying vinyl or streaming anyway, so could well be true.
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  23. Mr Bass

    Mr Bass Chevelle Ma Belle

    Mid Atlantic
    I doubt it for 2020 except for certain marginal acts. However when the end comes it will come suddenly. That's what happened to vinyl in 1989.

    Of course there will be a niche market for them afterwards, but quality players will be an issue.
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
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  24. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    I just checked all mine, all 26 magazine-sized comic-book boxes full of 'em. They're not goin' anywhwere. :righton:
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  25. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    And then, they were never heard from again...:whistle:
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