Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:05 UTC
Multimedia, AV "On October 1 1982, Joel's sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was the first commercially released CD album... Which means CDs are 30-years-old today. It's worth noting here that 52nd Street wasn't a new album - it was launched initially in 1978, but it was selected for relaunch on the new digital audio disc, rolling out alongside the first CD player - the Sony CDP-101 - in Japan. But of course, the CD didn't spring up overnight - the road to launch started long before 1982." I'm still 100% CD when it comes to music. The act of physically holding a new album in your hands for the first time and gently placing the disk in the tray can't be matched by pressing a download button behind a computer.
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RE[2]: My opinion....
by Jason Bourne on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 16:06 UTC in reply to "RE: My opinion...."
Jason Bourne
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Right. I actually agree with all your points. But my point have some deal of truth in them as well.

- Record industries can maximize whatever they want, but their business model have an impact on consumers. The day consumers found out they could get everything from the internet, guess who is running out of money. That wouldn't happen if you bred a very loyal consumer base with fair prices and quality products. That's what happens in other markets, and it's no different with music industry.

- You're right when you say I didn't claim you can hear those high frequencies in vinyl - i really didn't and I doubt anyone could hear it. I find arguments like the "warmth" of vinyl quite ridiculous. It's only a matter of current mastering practices that would justify preference for vinyl over CD in 2012 (and only if you own a really good equipment like a Technics kit).

- I think the duration of both media are questionable, you brought more downsides of vinyl which I missed, but I was mostly talking about the materials of vinyl plastic etc and polycarbonate, not audio preservation under normal conditions. I also didn't mention a thing called CD-rot which happens often. When the CD has scratches on the top label, you can forget it too. Scratching deep on surface read is something. Scratching deep on the label side is completely another.

- I think the MP3 Players were created exactly to maximize portability and dismiss the handling of many CDs. The CD did not kill itself but the need for more portability killed it, hence why people are getting more players with flash storage and iPods.

- Radio had its play on loudness race. I often see interviews in which artists are asking why their songs on CD are much quieter than in the radio.

- I didn't confuse remastering with repressing. I know they are different things. In a collection of 480 albums and singles, I do know that there is at least 30% of material available as remastered or repressed and there are subtle differences.

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