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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Comment by kwan_e
by kwan_e on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:08 UTC
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

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.


But it can be matched by the feeling that you've saved yourself some money. A $100 billion to be inexact.

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RE: Comment by kwan_e
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:16 in reply to "Comment by kwan_e"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I'll take a physical disc, immediately ripped by myself in the FLAC format, any day over a download of the same album. If I want MP3 files, I'll encode a set from the master FLAC files. Ogg Vorbis? AAC? Same. No DRM, no technically imposed restrictions. Just the data that I bought and paid for, able to be used in whatever way I want, and a physical backup copy in case something goes wrong.

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RE[2]: Comment by kwan_e
by WorknMan on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by kwan_e"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

There's a new audio format in the works:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-09/30/neil-young

I heard about this on a podcast... one of the record labels (don't remember which one) is remastering their entire catalog for this. However, I don't know if the format is open and/or if there will be DRM involved. Of course, the files will be larger.

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RE: Comment by kwan_e
by OSNevvs on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 06:20 in reply to "Comment by kwan_e"
OSNevvs Member since:
2009-08-20

I have long abandoned the CDs and I take all my music on the psy-music forum. I don't see any quality difference, and I get all I need instantly. I can dispose what I don't like, which is not the case of a CD that you usually buy before knowing if it's good or bad. Oh, and I wouldn't be able to buy so many CDs every month.

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RE[2]: Comment by kwan_e
by WereCatf on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 07:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by kwan_e"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I have long abandoned the CDs and I take all my music on the psy-music forum. I don't see any quality difference, and I get all I need instantly. I can dispose what I don't like, which is not the case of a CD that you usually buy before knowing if it's good or bad. Oh, and I wouldn't be able to buy so many CDs every month.


My problem with CDs is that there's usually only 1-3 songs that I like and the rest is crap, plus I don't listen to music per album anyways; I listen to it all in random shuffle mode, all in one, large collection and no playlists whatsoever. As such CDs just don't fit my usecase.

Also, I'm one of those people who doesn't really get attached to physical objects. Every time I move I just slap half of everything I own in the trash and I would have absolutely no qualms about just throwing it all away if I could afford to buy the basic necessities all over again. Therefore I get no more satisfaction in owning a physical disc than I get from owning a digital copy.

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RE: Comment by kwan_e
by kaiwai on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 11:48 in reply to "Comment by kwan_e"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

But it can be matched by the feeling that you've saved yourself some money. A $100 billion to be inexact.


In New Zealand you save no money at all and in many cases you're paying more for the downloaded version in an inferior compressed format than if you bought the physical CD. Thanks to the US centric nature of the music industry the US RIAA has given the world consumers a giant 'fuck you' in response to wanting more services besides iTunes.

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