The using of download files instead of hard copy is not related, in any way,
to the demise of CDs.

It is a matter of math as the download files cost almost nothing as compared
to servicing publicists & reviewers with hard copy + shipping costs.

I can tell you that Music Hunter is selling more CDs than ever to our
library clients.

My 2 cents.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
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Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 5:23 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] another "coming demise of the compact disc"

On 3/30/2015 1:03 PM, John Haley wrote:

> As for record companies handing out lossy formats for review, that's 
> just another sad indicator of the sad state of the recording world these
> That is true foolishness and stupid cost-cutting.  Obviously, in those 
> instances, whoever is making the decision to do that just doesn't care 
> much about reviews.  I think that carries over to not caring much 
> about the artists being presented.

In a parallel development, record companies and individual artists are
servicing radio stations with downloads rather than physical CDs when the
company/artist is in one country and the radio station is in another,
because the postage rates have gotten infernally high.
I can understand that, particularly for individual artists who self-publish.
(I do a radio program of traditional folk music, and get a lot of recordings
from self-publishing artists and tiny labels.)

But there's *no* excuse for distributing only in lossy formats, when FLAC
has been available for years, and the software for generating FLAC files is
free, easy to use, and reasonably quick.


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