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 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

... for the first time since the 1980's. This just in:

https://www.barrons.com/news/vinyl-sales-surpass-cd-revenue-first-time-since-1980s-01599762905?tesla=y

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Gotta luv it. cool

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

Of course vinyl sales have surpassed CD, hardly anybody is making CDs anymore. Might as well throw cassettes and 8-tracks into the list.

Its like when studios complain that DVD/Blu-ray/4K sales are down compared to Digital when the studios themselves push the streaming option and even release streaming WEEKS before the physical copy is available.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Important tidbit:

"...the RIAA said streaming accounted for 85 percent of revenue in 2020's first six months..."

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

It's difficult when the brick and mortar stores sell vinyl and not CDs.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Yeah, stop selling one thing and push the other thing and of course that will be the end results.
Vinyl costs more than CD's too.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

You mean CD sales have dropped and dropped and dropped and dropped, for year after year after year... and only now have those diving sales eventually reached the lowly level of vinyl sales?

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

You mean CD sales have dropped and dropped and dropped and dropped, for year after year after year... and only now have those diving sales eventually reached the lowly level of vinyl sales?

Well put. Making such a claim about LP sales without context is a perfect example of fake news.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Doesn't seem like they were trying to hide any meaning...

"But physical records remain niche: the RIAA said streaming accounted for 85 percent of revenue in 2020's first six months, much of which saw most Americans holed up at home to halt the spread of Covid-19."

...even if the stats say more about the death of CDs vs. modest upswing of vinyl. The numbers are the numbers nonetheless.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Doesn't seem like they were trying to hide any meaning...

"But physical records remain niche: the RIAA said streaming accounted for 85 percent of revenue in 2020's first six months, much of which saw most Americans holed up at home to halt the spread of Covid-19."

...even if the stats say more about the death of CDs vs. modest upswing of vinyl. The numbers are the numbers nonetheless.


They'll finally kill the CD, everyone will cheer, and then five years from now everyone will say "I still play my CDs and love them, what a shame, and then they'll make a comeback just like the LP because nostalgia is the ticket. Mark my words. It will be amusing to watch.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)


I bought vinyl from 1964 to 1987. I've only bought CD's from 1987 to 2020. Vinyl sounds terrible, I only want CD's. I hope our film score labels will stay with CD's.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 8:22 PM   
 By:   paul rossen   (Member)

I collected through the first LP generation when the LP was considered amazing. Then it went stereo. What could be better. Eventually I got tired of hearing surface noise, scratches, pops and the like. I also got lazy and hated changing the side every twenty minutes or so . I still have hundreds of soundtracks and cast albums ... And I still have my trusted Technics 1200 turntable which was a good one for it's time.

I just don't get it. At first the true audiophiles kept saying that the lp was better sounding than the cd. Perhaps that was so but now? I won't purchase any lp. Period. I do purchase classical cds as well as the soundtrack or new recording of scores I admire.

I just don't get it.... Time is passing me by...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 12:51 AM   
 By:   babbelballetje   (Member)

Doesn't seem like they were trying to hide any meaning...

"But physical records remain niche: the RIAA said streaming accounted for 85 percent of revenue in 2020's first six months, much of which saw most Americans holed up at home to halt the spread of Covid-19."

...even if the stats say more about the death of CDs vs. modest upswing of vinyl. The numbers are the numbers nonetheless.


They'll finally kill the CD, everyone will cheer, and then five years from now everyone will say "I still play my CDs and love them, what a shame, and then they'll make a comeback just like the LP because nostalgia is the ticket. Mark my words. It will be amusing to watch.


I'm not sure. Records are a lot easier to play, there are tons of second hand working record players out there. My cd player broke down years ago, a new one costs a lot, second hand ones all have their problems. I think cd's are going the VHS route, no one will be able to play them in a few years.

The vinyl hype will eventually die down ofcourse, but the "hardcore" record lovers like me will play and collect until my wife says "enough!"smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   AdoKrycha007   (Member)

No CD = no sale.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 2:26 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

All it will take is one future hipster to find his Dad's old Sony Discman and play it and...VIOLA (darling)...CD will make a boom-back.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

I'm not sure. Records are a lot easier to play, there are tons of second hand working record players out there. My cd player broke down years ago, a new one costs a lot, second hand ones all have their problems. I think cd's are going the VHS route, no one will be able to play them in a few years.

You don't need a dedicated player for CDs. You can play them in any computer/console disc drive, or DVD/blu-ray player, making them much easier to play than VHS or vinyl.

CDs will never go away entirely until physical media itself does.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 2:38 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Records are a lot easier to play, there are tons of second hand working record players out there. My cd player broke down years ago, a new one costs a lot, second hand ones all have their problems. I think cd's are going the VHS route, no one will be able to play them in a few years.

I would argue that one.

Records can only be played on turntables.

CDs can be played on CD players, and also every DVD player in the world, and every Blu-Ray player in the world, and the vast majority of computers in the world that still have disc drives (I know some new ones don't).

I haven't owned a dedicated CD player in years, but I still buy primarily CDs. I listen to them mostly on my computer with headphones, while working. And if I want to play them throughout my apartment, they go in the Blu-Ray player. smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)


They'll finally kill the CD, everyone will cheer, and then five years from now everyone will say "I still play my CDs and love them, what a shame, and then they'll make a comeback just like the LP because nostalgia is the ticket. Mark my words. It will be amusing to watch.


That would be interesting indeed. But I wager against that. I just don't see how -- or perhaps better why -- CDs should make a "comeback" similar to the one vinyl has had. Vinyl is an analog medium, it has die-hard fans who love the sound of it (compressed bass, less dynamic range), because their favorite 60s rock recordings will sound on vinyl just like they sounded when they first heard them.

But the CD was always only a medium to deliver bits and bytes. And if there are 5,645,192,803 bits on a CD, the exact same 5,645,192,803 bits will also be contained in a WAV or FLAC or ALAC file. I just don't see a nostalgic return to CDs. There will always be some players in use and yes, nostalgia will here and there prevail, like there are some people who still collect cassette tapes or 8-track tapes, so there will be a few CD players around, but a return similarly to what vinyls has seen, with regular new releases? I just don't think we will ever see that happen.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

I bought vinyl from 1964 to 1987. I've only bought CD's from 1987 to 2020. Vinyl sounds terrible, I only want CD's. I hope our film score labels will stay with CD's.

I love my LPs. Give me that analogue sound over digital any day of the year!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   paul rossen   (Member)

I bought vinyl from 1964 to 1987. I've only bought CD's from 1987 to 2020. Vinyl sounds terrible, I only want CD's. I hope our film score labels will stay with CD's.

I love my LPs. Give me that analogue sound over digital any day of the year!


How many side changes to listen to Beethoven’s 9th?

 
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