When it comes to music, I’m as bad as when it comes to movies, I just love to listen to music no matter what I’m doing, driving, blogging even reading a book, but in this digital age that we live in now, are we finally going to give in to the digital download over the physical CD in our music collections?
Is The CD Finally Going To Be Killed By The MP3 etc?
Most kids these days have never even bought a CD, all their music is downloaded via the internet on the likes of iTunes, every album and track is stored in three places for them, first in the Cloud for iTunes, then on their hard-drive and lastly on their MP3 player such as their iPod.
Ok so it’s less space to store their music, it’s always at hand and they can get an album or track in a matter of minutes and not buying a CD on-line or visiting a record shop (now there’s a place you don’t see much these days).
Are People Missing Out By Not Having CDs?
I personally think they are, I remember back to the days of vinyl albums where we had double sleeves that would open up in to some amazing artwork, special the ones created by Roger Dean for the band Yes with the Relayer album cover always sticking in my mind.
And although we do get booklets in CD albums, they never seem to have that same grandiose feeling that the vinyl albums had, then again even the wonders of reading through the CD booklet, checking out the artists involved etc is slowly going to disappear all thanks to the MP3.
Now with the ability to download an album in an instant, the artwork for an album is now only a JPG file that is a small graphic that sits next to the song playing on your MP3 player, no booklet to thumb through or read the lyrics while listening to your favourite album.
Is Digital Killing The Physical Feel?
It has been asked many a time by even those in the music industry that the MP3/Digital Download is going to be the killer of the CD, but it’s not only the CD, the film industry is even considering having films as download only, so DVDs and Blu-Rays could also be on the way out.
For me personally, and this could be down to me having music on Vinyl, tape, MiniDisc,CD and MP3, I still prefer the CDs over the MP3 format, I can pick up the difference of the CD to the MP3 and the CD is still the better quality.
Also having that physical item in your hand, gives you the feeling that you’ve actually got something for your money and not a collection of 0′s and 1′s on a hard-drive. Ok the argument of storage has always been a big one with music collectors, which some people saying CD and Vinyl etc takes up too much room.
But having those physical copies, is great and I love my collection, yes I do transfer them to my iTunes, but I still have the booklets and sleeve notes to read through when listening to Pink Floyd, Yes and The Who.
So now it’s over to you the reader, what are your thoughts on the arguments of MP3 killing off CDs? Do you still by CDs? Or have you completely moved over to the world of the downloadable album?