Look at how the high-end (and not-so-high-end) audio equipment makers have gone into "music
streaming players", sometimes built into preamps. They operate either from an attached hard drive,
over a network from a computer running server software, over the interwebs, and/or all three
options. Plus the trend toward "cloud" computing, where you don't own things that live in your house
or on your devices, rather you own the right to stream it to any player you have with you. The kids
don't mind the idea of not having tactile booklets and the like as much as an ARSC member collector
or archivist would. Some kids, a niche rather than the mass market, are into vinyl because they like
the tactile product, the ritualistic aspects of playing it and the somewhat hipster social cred of
being "into records."
To be honest, I've been pleasantly surprised with the recent wave of budget-priced CD reissues.
Examples include many classical box sets from UMG, EMI and Sony priced at least than $2 per disc,
plus Sony's on-going jazz "complete Columbia albums" series, which are priced far south of $10 per
disc, sometimes as low as $5 per disc. As for new pop and rock music, as often as not, an album will
generate more sales as iTunes downloads and streaming content vs CD purchased at the few remaining
retailers (for mainstream pop and rock, the biggest CD retailer nowadays is Wal-Mart).
It's a very different world from when you older guys developed your music habit. Also very different
from my youth, in the late days of the LP and early days of the CD.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 2:52 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Early digital recording history -- a couple of followups
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> From: Roderic G Stephens <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Wed, November 7, 2012 11:31:06 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Early digital recording history -- a couple of followups
> Tom, you seem to be writing off the SACD as a dying animal. From what we've
> been seeing on http://www.sa-cd.net/ new releases keep coming, so does that mean
> that they (the record companies) are getting the message?
> My label is distributed by Naxos and they have asked all of their labels to
> provide higher resolution audio masters for electronic distribution. I am not
> one at predicting anything, but I do notice that our monthly sales reports
> indicate a declining interest in the disc. We don't have any SACD releases.