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Leroy
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.75
CD-format to be abandoned by major labels by the end of 2012 (side-line.com)


    The major labels plan to abandon the CD-format by the end of 2012 (or even earlier) and replace it with download/stream only releases via iTunes and related music services. The only CD-formats that will be left over will be the limited edition ones, which will of course not be available for every artist.


Not sure how I feel about this. I'm all for digital media, and I'm not one of those who feels a huge sense of nostalgia for liner notes and cases, but it still seems so odd that an industry that was dragged into the digital world kicking and screaming would finally yield the point.


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I kinda sorta worked in this industry for a couple of years (on the business side of things) and I always felt that due to technology and piracy and consumer pickyness etc etc etc, something like this would HAVE to happen. I'm actually surprised it's happening so soon, if you can consider 13 years after the advent of Napster "soon."

I, for one can't, wait to hear what the indie artists of the world think about this. I would think this should be good news for most of them. Sort of levels the playing field a little bit in that most artists will have the exact same sort of distribution channels going forward.

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So much for used record stores.

Admittedly, the only place I actually play physical CD's anymore is my car, and even there I can (and sometimes do) plug in my phone and play music directly off of it.

Still, I only buy CD's. I prefer to have a permanent physical copy that I can upload at whatever bitrate I want, and that I have on hand to re-upload into any new formats available going forward.

I suppose if we can purchase and download DRM-free tracks in as good or better quality formats (which I have seen with some independent artists, but I don't believe is an option with iTunes), then it's okay. I can certainly understand WHY they'd go this route from a business standpoint.

Then again, anybody can make a song or full album today and get it on iTunes. From a distribution point, this pretty much makes record labels obsolete. The only role they serve anymore is their marketing ability.
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This article was published 10/23. I would have expected to have seen it in a few, shall we say, higher profile/more authoritative sources in the almost three weeks since, but as we HAVEN'T....I really think this "news" needs to be taken with several grains of salt.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    This article was published 10/23. I would have expected to have seen it in a few, shall we say, higher profile/more authoritative sources in the almost three weeks since, but as we HAVEN'T....I really think this "news" needs to be taken with several grains of salt.


Seconded.

If some artists can find it profitable to release VINYL RECORDS in 2011, I think we can safely assume that others will continue to find it profitable to release CDs.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.53
    Originally posted by Llakor

    If some artists can find it profitable to release VINYL RECORDS in 2011, I think we can safely assume that others will continue to find it profitable to release CDs.


Absolutely. Even if "the industry" does phase out CDs at some point, bands will still put them out on their own in many cases.

Got an email from Sloan the other day--they're taking an audience tape of an old gig and putting it out as a "bootleg". It will be an official release, but packaged as if it were a really old bootleg back in the days when they had minimal packaging and such. Neat idea.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.42
    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    Got an email from Sloan the other day--they're taking an audience tape of an old gig and putting it out as a "bootleg". It will be an official release, but packaged as if it were a really old bootleg back in the days when they had minimal packaging and such. Neat idea.
Their attempts to sell the thing yesterday crashed their servers multiple times. I think my order got through... after six hours of trying.

Anyway, for today only, they're giving away MP3s of the concert as a make-good.
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