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Goodbye to CDs

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by RichKid, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. RichKid

    RichKid PlanYourTrade > TradeYourPlan

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    Thought this might be of interest, another major shift in shopping due to technology:

     
  2. Smurf1976

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    Re: Good bye to CD's

    The key thing about buying music digitally is that you don't need a "bricks and mortar" store at all.

    I see this as an attempt at survival by the music retailing business rather than a true innovation itself. If it's going to be completely digital then there's no reason not to just download it via the internet. Indeed that's the way the industry is already going.

    I just can't see costly stores full of nothing but download terminals when most of the customers have effectively the same facilities at home. Even a dialup connection will suffice if the computer is left running overnight and with broadband etc it's easy.

    This whole idea of doing the downloading in stores sounds a bit pointless IMO. How can it possibly compete on economic grounds given the cost of the store, security staff (won't really need many other staff - what would they do?) etc. PC's are getting cheaper as are internet connections.

    It would make more sense for the whole industry to make buying physical CD's more attractive rather than push the download route IMO. Like cinemas fought back against video, gas against electricity etc. Both of those industries were in serious trouble at one stage but did very well through giving people a valid reason to come back. Indeed there are more cinemas in many places now than before anyone had heard the words "Beta" or "VHS". And gas use is likewise at an all-time high.

    So IMO either give people a reason to stick with buying physical items in the stores or give up and find something else to sell. Putting some decent artwork on the CD covers would be a start, as would dumping the old "2 hits and 10 tracks of filler" formula which naturally discourages most from wanting the full album in the first place. :2twocents
     
  3. Duckman#72

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    Re: Good bye to CD's

    I totally agree Smurf. I think Brazin are kidding themselves. How is this going to be profitable?

    Have you noticed how, over the past 5 years the DVD sections of Sanity and HMV have more than doubled and the CD sections have shrunk? Looks like their ideal shop may have 90% DVD's and 4 music download booths.

    There was an article in The Bulletin titled "The CD Bytes Back" this week concerning - a Dual Disk. One side is a DVD of the artist includin filmclip and interview the other side is the album in a CD/SACD format, playable in regular or "enhanced" stereo or in 5.1 surround sound.

    But like you say - if the album has only 2 good songs and 8 fillers why would you want to listen to it in surround sound!!!

    If the music industry was less interested in marketing the latest piece of teenage, fan-crazy crap and poured money into talented artists they would at least have a solid foundation to build from. But they lurch from sexy newcomer to sexy newcomer - milking as much money as they can before dropping the empty shell and locating their next cash cow. (But don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining aboingt the sexy part!!!)

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  4. Mumbank

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    Re: Good bye to CD's

    Now what will we use as "stocking fillers" for the teenagers !!!! :banghead:
     
  5. mista200

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    Re: Good bye to CD's

    Put it this way, there is no need to pay when you can download for free. And there no no need to pay for download because there will always be a program which you can download that will have practically any track you want for free anyway!
     
  6. Smurf1976

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    Re: Good bye to CD's

    Most people would be surprised by just how many big name artists are dumped by the industry simply because their 5 album deal is up. It happens more often than not especially where pop music is concerned. Someone who is actually successful is replaced by another newbie, most of whom fail.
     
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