CD is dead, says premium audio maker

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#1

I just posted the article CD is dead, says premium audio maker.

A company whose primary business was once in high-end CD players for audiophiles says the CD player is done for.

Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/cd-is-dead-says-premium-audio-maker-22548/](http://www.myce.com/news/cd-is-dead-says-premium-audio-maker-22548/)

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#2

MP3, of course, is a “lossy” format–not “lossless.”


#3

Thanks for spotting the mistake! Fixed!


#4

Most likely their CD players declined to to their high prices… CDs far from dead in my mind as the current MP3 and the like are far from HiFi.


#5

I have really slowed down on buying CDs because of how much compression that is now used on them nowadays. I cannot stand the unnatural sound and my ears get fatigued from listening any length of time. No matter how much you spend on the player, you cannot correct the crappy mastering they do now.


#6

Rather than Compact Disc being dead, perhaps it’s High Fidelity as such that is dying?


#7

[QUOTE=redk9258;2468055]I have really slowed down on buying CDs because of how much compression that is now used on them nowadays.[/QUOTE]

You are not the only one with that complaint.

I very rarely buy music CDs nowadays, the reasons (apart from the above) is that I refuse to buy crippled (“copy protected”) CDs (well, actually, I try to avoid DRM infected media in general (so no blu-ray for me), normal DVD DRM being sufficiently broken nowadays to render it pretty much irrelevant). (That was too many parenthesis). There is no longer a CD shop where I live, and I have not found any online retailer in my country that reliably warns if a CD is crippled, and I really don’t want to have to go through the hassle (and postage costs) that getting refunds would mean.
Many of the bands/artists I listen to that have actually been active over the past decade happen to be signed to Mute, so nearly all music CDs I’ve bought since crippling became fashionable have been from their in-house store, but it has now been closed, and Mute has been absorbed by the evil EMI empire, meaning their albums are hghly likely to be crippled as well.

A study (I can’t recall where I read it) claimed that The Youth Of Today are so used to listening to (lossy) MP3 that they prefer the MP3 version over the CD version!


#8

[QUOTE=Aramchek;2468114]A study (I can’t recall where I read it) claimed that The Youth Of Today are so used to listening to (lossy) MP3 that they prefer the MP3 version over the CD version![/QUOTE]

You read it here:

:slight_smile:


#9

How common is the practice of DRM crippling?
Do any labels cripple all their releases as a matter of course?


#10

[QUOTE=redk9258;2468055]I have really slowed down on buying CDs because of how much compression that is now used on them nowadays. I cannot stand the unnatural sound and my ears get fatigued from listening any length of time. No matter how much you spend on the player, you cannot correct the crappy mastering they do now.[/QUOTE]

Is the excessive use of compression limited to artists popular with younger
age groups or is the cancer spreading?
Those responsible should be burnt at the stake.
They could certainly at least do a halfway decent job of mastering and
then compress it for release in the inferior formats. I imagine the cost, as usual,
is the reason they don’t.


#11

I still buy CDs pretty regularly, I have only encountered ONE that had DRM on it.


#12

The early CD’s sounded much better becuase everyone wasn’t compressing the ka ka out of them, might also be somewhat why many think they prefer vinyl records these days, besides the fact that some just enjoy the whole process of cleaning and setting up a record to play. Me I grew up with records and CD’s just had less issues and were dead quiet between tracks with mind blowing dynamic range(before they started really compressing them) SACD and DVD Audio are even better of course but try to find any these days and if you HATE DRM you wont like the HD audio formats, though recently I have found some great music on the newsgroups either converted to 5.1 DVD Audio, or native, that can be burned to a disk and play on a capable player just fine.
I have a record collection that may have 1000 records in it I mainly bought when CD started taking over and every one was selling their collections cheap at garage sales. I don’t drag out and play them often but I do have a couple of mice turntables and some stuff that isn’t heard much anymore.


#13

To me it seems strange to buy music of Itunes, when its the same price as buying the cd in the store. With the CD I get a physical product, and I can put it in my computers dvd drive, and make mp3’s for my portable devices.

I get the best of both worlds buying the cd, and I don’t have to deal with a format thats restrictive on which devices it can be played back on.

That being said, I’m a big fan of Rock, and most modern Rock isn’t very good… they’res a few exceptions, but since I established my CD collection in the 90’s, all I buy now are new albums by bands that still put out albums from that era.

I don’t own a CD player though, I tend to use the ps3 or a dvd player to play cd’s.