Have you taken care of your CD collection over the years? If you are like me, I’ve got CDs all over the place and many are scratched and long gone. How many times a week do I go, damn, I used to have such-in-such album/CD, what the hell happened to it? More recently, however, when I want a particularly good album, I buy the CD so I can pass it around to folks. Indie stuff, I buy from Bandcamp. Not being able to share Amazon/ iTunes is annoying as hell. Plus its ripped and I never again have to worry about any sharing issues with other friends or computers.
Nevertheless, the question still remains; are CDs officially dead? Several magazines confirm “the major labels plan to abandon the CD-format by the end of 2012 (or even earlier) and replace it with download/stream only releases via iTunes and related music services. The only CD-formats that will be left over will be the limited edition ones, which will of course not be available for every artist. The distribution model for these remaining CD releases would be primarily Amazon which is already the biggest CD retailer worldwide anyhow.”
Billboard’s Glenn Peoples calls the reports of the CD’s demise “dubious.” The first Unemployable Music compilation will be a digital only release as CDs are used primarily as promotion only for most indie music labels.
Well, at least some people are using CDs for something other than garbage…
Artist Sean Avery uses old CDs and other recycled materials to craft sculptures that are full of color and texture. Avery states, “I blend many different man made materials together to make them appear strangely organic, with a distinct sense of movement.” More pictures of his recycled artwork on Treehugger.