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The CD is Dead, says President of EMI


Imagine an industry that sells something inherently non-physical but makes 85% of its revenue from selling physical goods. What is that industry to do? How about embrace non-physical media, scale back production and get cialis online move forward into the next century. Well, no, they don't think they will.

"The CD, as it is right now, is dead."
That's blatant honesty from Alain Levy, CEO of EMI. And, as far as we're concerned, very good news. Less is more, right. If I can fit the entire works of the Beatles on less than a square millimeter of my hard drive, then this is definitely good news. No shipping, no plastic, just electrons being pushed around for my listening pleasure.

I wish I could leave this story at that. "The CD is dead, EMI isn't going to sell them anymore, and we're all just gonna have to trade in our Discmen for iPods." But, no. Instead, Levy let us know that the CD is dead, so they will be including more 'special features.' Yes, he means more paper. More easily digitizable stuff to create, and ship across the world.

EMI: Seeing the big picture... and then pretending it isn't there.



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wishful thinking.
written by rob, November 03, 2006
I think the day when physical media disappears completely, is way, way, way in the future. Any company that tried to go entirely digital, would lose vast amounts of sales.
The simple fact is, that despite all the no prior prescription tramadol hype, not everyone has a computer, of those that have them, not everyone uses them.
Of those that use them, not all of them have broadband to make downloading tunes practical.
Also many people don't trust the internet enough to budget cialis enter card details etc, to purchase products.

My own personal experience from friends, is that about 60% of people have a computer, but only about 25% use them after a few months and perhaps 25% of those buy things.
As I said, a looooooonnnnnnnnnnggggggggg time in the future.
Remember the Eighties?
written by Matt, November 03, 2006
Yeah, me either, at least not very clearly. But that's not the point. The point is that the "paperless office" was touted throughout the eighties, and just never happened. And the way networks crash on a regular basis, it's going to be a while yet.

It's a Very Good Idea (tm) to have offline backups of your essential and/or favorite files. The real question, in my view, is which recycling bin do we put all these CDs, DVDs, and whatnot into? And how long can we afford to have such things made from virgin materials?

Portable media (even including paper) is convenient, adds another layer of cialis mastercard "permanence" to your data, and gives you something to fiddle with nervously at that big presentation where you just know you're going to scratch something you shouldn't. But if it's not going away, we need to close the loop.
Remembering the inexpensive cialis 80s
written by Hank, November 04, 2006
Oh yes, the 80s...I remember them. Back then, music was kept in little plastic rectangles, not little round ones. As far as I can tell, there is a significant amount of impermanence to physical media, for music at least. And while the industry pushed hard for CDs to become the new media in the 90s, they didn't push hard for MP3s to take over, yet they are taking over anyway.

While paper is another story (and the 'Paperless Office,' still a long way off) 60% of people already immediately turn their new CD purchases into digital files as soon as they buy them. MP3s are better than CDs, just like CDs are better than tapes.

We're in the middle of the transition, but it's happening, and if the industry embraced it, it would be happening much more quickly.
written by rob, November 04, 2006
Ah, cassette tapes, I was always quite fond of them, especially how they used to jam in the car player, I think they were designed to do that. ;D

I doubt that the 'Paperless Office' will ever arrive, most offices I visit nowadays, seem to be churning out more paperwork than ever before. But perhaps that is just in the UK, with the horrendous amount of red tape.

I recently visited an office with a completely automated ordering system, it was very impressive and replaced six people, but it still printed out the orders and invoices, along with copies for the buy levitra where records. Rather defeats the object of a computerised paperless system. :P
Paperless Office
written by Hank, November 04, 2006
Pretty much, I agree, and it's why you don't see EcoGeek posting articles about paperless office systems. But paperless newspapers did happen, and paperless books and magazines are on the way. I don't have stats on paper use, unfortunately, but my guess is that publishing is at least as big a user of paper as offices.

That being said, never is a long time, and I can envision an office that is easier to work in that doesn't have paper. Of course, paper would be replaced by inexpensive tablets that, probably, would be thrown away far too often anyway...
paperless ?
written by Jason, November 04, 2006
Does that mean we'd just be downloading our favorite tunes for the rest of our lives? That ain't very good. Just make another "type of no tramadol cd" or something, like they're doing to dvd's if you're desperate to change music technology. These are much better than records I must say.
another good point....
written by Jason, November 04, 2006
plus, for the system networkers, we'd be forcing the business workers out there to buy their own cds if they want to listen to it at work. They would only have a limited amount of memory for their work.
The Problem of the People's Power
written by Daniel Dessinger, December 21, 2006
The people (you and I) have the power to viagra without perscription 10 pills affect change by choosing to purchase our music solely through online download. If enough people purchased their music this way, the production companies would be forced to cease and desist with the anti-eco waste.

Unfortunately, there's no easy solution to music albums as gifts. Buying someone a gift certificate for iTunes isn't the same as handing them a CD. That takes away the personalization of it all.

You could just download the music yourself and viagra canada without prescription burn it to a CD. Then again, that contributes to the need for plastic products and is also more than a little fuzzy under the retail ethics category.

Music has become a major gift-giving item. When you don't know what to get people, you buy them a cd that you personally like or that you've heard them mention. Cds make for great stocking stuffers. They're just difficult to get rid of.

I imagine that we will one day be more advanced and listen to music in a non-waste producing fashion. It's not that it couldn't happen now; but losing that gift-giving aspect of music purchases would seriously deplete the industry.
No CD means NO Rights
written by Chris Taylor, May 19, 2007
You people seem to be missing the picture here. No Physical Medium means NO OWNERSHIP RIGHTS as we know them today. Of course they want the CD to be dead that means no more perfect quality copy no more you can not stop me from ripping it to any format I want legally etc.. etc.. The last day they sell a CD or other unencumbered unrestricted physical medium is the last day I buy music. I will never every buy a "drm" infested digital music file (or video file) and if you want me to buy a digital music file at all its needs to be mp3 320kbit high quality cbr with NO DRM and under 20 cents a track. 10 cents a track is a FAIR price but I would be willing to go as high as 20 cents knowing eventually market forces would bring it to a more reasonable 10-15 cents.

The less physical it is the easier it is to take away your ownership rights to it.
Paper will always be here forever
written by Minchie, December 04, 2007
Paper will always be here forever!
Everyone prints out articles, manuals and especially driving directions. CD will turn into DVD because DVD can hold 6X more space. As far as as format it is the MP3 which I can put 100's of songs on 1 CD or thousand songs on DVD media. Download music for free or you can convert all of your old CD extensions such as .cda and .wma format into a mp3 format and you can have more songs on one media ( just make sure your car or home player can read .mp3 type of format.
I am the GOV and the GOV has Spoken!
so, is hi-fi officially dead?
written by Ed, January 02, 2008
DRM is definitely the buy now viagra main thing that's keeping me from buying all my music as downloads already, but another factor is quality. Are any of the studios who plan on taking route also planning on click here viagra by mail releasing music in a lossless format? I hate the idea of investing in an entire library of music with compression artifacts, even if they are subtle. On of these days I plan on having a good stereo system and I'd like to have good source to it's great! viagra canadian play on it.
No Rights?
written by Jake, January 02, 2008
While I share Chris' concern for DRM and low-bitrate music, he seems to think that's the only type of digital download there is. Fortunately for us, that's not the case. I've managed to find sites selling lossless, FLAC versions of wow look it united healthcare levitra albums. I don't necessarily agree with the pricing of at or just below physical CD costs, but if the physical CD is just going to sit in my CD rack and good choice levitra online canada no prescription collect dust, I'd much rather skip that waste.

Either way, digital music (without DRM) will give us more freedom with our music than with CDs, and with the ability to download lossless music, it only makes sense for the music industry to realize this. Yeah, as if that'll ever happen.
Jumping conclusions.......
written by William Ruiz, January 02, 2008

If all of that was reall and there was to be no more cd's it would be far in the =future= because they want to go from cd's to just putting everything into a computer......

If there is going to be a change between those two then before that happens there has to be a bridge......
People just cant make stuff as they go along in this sort of process and just see what happens and deal with it....... NO JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS.......
written by Robert Johnson, January 02, 2008
I agree with the last poster. Along with all of my CD’s, I have a vinyl record collection simply because I believe that records are still the best format to transmit quality sound. I am not proposing that we go back to mexico viagra no prescription LP's; however, I am always disappointed with sound quality of MP3's.

I was in California recently and a friend had downloaded a John Legend CD. When the music came on, I immediately knew something was missing from the sound quality-wise. By chance, I had happened to bring the same CD with the exception that mine was bought from the store. When we compared the two back-to-back, it was unquestionable that the store-bought copy was WAY better sound-wise. While MP3's may be a great format to stick a lot of songs on, it is a terrible format quality-wise.
Let's see if I understand this.
written by Virgil H. Soule, January 02, 2008
Let's see if I understand this. The music producers are going to stop selling music in hard-copy form and only offer it in soft-copy in the form of down-loadable mp3 files. If the music offered doesn't match up with my eclectic tastes, I'm out of luck, right? Sounds like a formula for monopoly along the lines of order cialis now Microsoft and the Windows operating system.
I demand physical media.
written by MidiMagic, January 02, 2008
It is too easy to lose a computer file. I demand a nonvolatile physical medium I can remove from the player and store in a safe place.

Not to mention that I still have all of my 78 rpm records. Once a recording goes into my collection, it does not leave it.

And I am TOTALLY SICK of all of the changes in computer systems. An MP3 file you buy today might not play on the players of tomorrow, if Bill Gates has anything to say about it. I would not trust any recording to still be playable if it is in a computer format.
In addition
written by MidiMagic, January 02, 2008
In addition, there are other problems with this new technology:

- I NEVER make online purchases. I trust the Internet with money about as far as I can throw a phisher.

- MP3 is a lousy (and lossy) format. The fidelity is much lower than other formats. I don't want to acquire classical music in that format.

- If I could choose the format of my music, every recording I have would be on vinyl LPs.
written by Sam, January 02, 2008
Well it seems that around half of the people commenting on here agree with getting rid of CDs and the other half do not. I myself am split right down the middle.

On one hand, having everything on a computer or MP3 player means less physical space is taken up and you can have many more songs on said computer or MP3 player.

But on the other hand, it is kind of a scary thought that there is no physical backup if something were to happen to all those song files. Many have already stated that song files are simply too easy to delete and lose.

A similar thing happened when a friend of mine lost all of the music on her I-pod because her computer crashed. Luckily though she still had the CDs as a backup.

Another con is that computers and MP3 players do not have unlimited memory for an umlimited amount of music. I personally only have a 2 GB I-pod nano and there is no way all of the music I own could ever fit on it.

I think the idea of getting rid of CDs is a good thing but not for anytime soon. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered and better pieces of technology that have to come out before this can happen.
i think ur wrong...
written by g0alpost1, March 10, 2008
vinyl is still king.. the digital vs analog war is an old one.. but i hate to tell u this, a good clean record on a real nice turntable with real good monitor speakers sounds better then any home thearter system running cd's.. its not as full and warm...
oh yeah
written by g0alpost1, March 10, 2008
alot of records come with coupons showing a URL to non DRM infested files of the songs u bought. xP
oh yeah again
written by g0alpost1, March 10, 2008
to the guy up top, just cause ppl buy cd and then immediatly make them mp3'd dosnt make them better sounding then the cd quality.. cd's sound like crap unless u have a killer system. and i dont mean speakers i mean like a $8000 cd player, and remember cd's r dead!
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