I was at Future Shop today hoping to buy a spindle of blank CDs. No luck.
They are becoming rare.
But I did a double flip as I was leaving the store: They had shelves full
of LP turntables -Marantz, Denon, Sony, Audio Technica.
Hold on to your cylinders - I bet they will be the next trend.
2013/4/10 Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> apologies if someone already posted this. I submitted last night but it
> never made it into the ARSC e-mail for some reason.
> Two things I noticed from the data linked above:
> 1. look at how quickly LPs went from being the majority mass medium once
> people had a choice (duped
> cassettes and then almost simultaneously, CDs). People wanted portable
> from Day 1. I've always been
> surprised how long it took to get the Walkman. Portable cassette
> transports had been around since
> the 60s. Headphone first gained popularity with consumers in the early
> 70s. Why another decade to
> marry the two?
> 2. look at how long duped cassettes hung in with CDs. I remember that it
> took a long time for CD
> players to be standard-issue in cars, they were a costly option-upgrade
> for a long time (and didn't
> work too well on America's bumpy roads).
> Another thing -- these stats must be for volume, not dollars. No way
> downloads are accounting for
> nearly half the dollars today. Very easy to believe they are accounting
> for half the total volume,
> maybe more if you count subscription (or not) streaming. I'd also like to
> know how streaming
> listening time stacks up against radio listening time (I bet it's now
> more, measured by total
> For what it's worth, I've been pleasantly surprised how good-sounding and
> reliable the streams have
> gotten for both Pandora and Amazon Cloud Player. I wouldn't have thought
> such a thing possible just
> 10 years ago. The Amazon Cloud player really is a neat idea. They have a
> business record of
> everything you've bought and all of a sudden most of that music is no-cost
> streaming via WiFi or
> cellphone data plan. It's not making my 160gig iPod obsolete yet, but I
> notice Apple is quietly
> phasing out all the big-drive iPods.
> -- Tom Fine