I've always cleaned out any Target stores I come across while I'm in the US. They sold Sony CD blanks for $26.95 per hundred; in Canada the same purchase would be closer to $80. I have found some seedy looking but perfectly reliable Computer stores in Toronto which sell CD blanks for around $25 per hundred - but that was before the recent announcement from Sony that they were ceasing CD production. I hear that the latest generation of MacBooks no longer have disc drives and that's a bit scary - everybody I record wants a CD of their performance. I have no idea what I'm going to supply when CDs are gone.
> From: Louis Hone <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:41:01 PM
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] music mass media trends -- fascinating
>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