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Walk on the Luddite Side
As of a few months ago, revenues from streaming music surpassed those from CD sales for the first time, so now CDs are in third place, with downloads still leading the pack (streaming is catching up fast, however). For many of us recording types, the decline of the CD’s importance to the record industry dovetails with its loss of value as a studio tool.
I remember when I used CDs all the time in my studio. I burned mixes to them, I listened to music on CDs all the time, I used CDs (and DVDs) for saving computer data, and most of the computer software I bought came on CDs. I was so into CDs, that I even remember getting all excited when the CD-RW came out. (“Wow, rewriteable CDs, Cool!”)
But over the last five years or so, I’ve practically stopped using CDs of any type at all, except to listen to music from my existing collection, and only those discs I haven’t already dumped into my computer. My new music comes via download or streaming. (Yes, I know, CD quality is better than compressed audio, but for sheer convenience, you can’t beat streaming and downloading.)
What’s more, my software comes via download, and my data is backed up in the cloud rather than onto a physical disc.
I even stopped using CDs when listening to my mixes in my car (which, like many of us, I do a lot when I’m working on a project). Instead, I started syncing the mixes via iTunes onto my iPhone or uploading them to Dropbox and opening the Dropbox app on my phone in the car, and playing the mixes directly from that.
But I’ve realized of late that sometimes it’s a lot simpler and faster to just burn a CD. Dropbox doesn’t always sync the files right away, so sometimes when I go to play them in the car, they’re not yet available. To plug my phone into the car stereo requires that I remember to bring a 3.5” cable with me, which sometimes I forget. So, lately, I’ve been taking a walk on the Luddite side, and burning mixes to CDs.
I actually ordered some blank CDs recently, for the first time in years, after I finally ran out of the last batch, which had been purchased at least three years ago. For me, the CD maybe on life support, but it still has some value, beyond being a coaster. What about you? Do you still use CD-Rs in your studio?
All recordings are made on mini disc ( who can remember those little discs) and for testing in my car i ise usb/flash drives.
Burning cd's listen to them and destroying them just cost to much. Only if the client wants a copy i burn them
And yes put them on dropbox or any other cloud and stream them to your phone is always a good idea.
It's not about what you got to use .... but how you use what you got...
However the CDR was the monster to induce piracy which gave the music industry a beating.
You may say " so I can dump it on my USB " back then the only format was the CD-R which if not introduced would not have seen the plague of piracy that exist till date. Just a point if view
For me the CD is over the USB will be taken over by micro chips relating over wifi. Nano tech has just begun
I too still using CD's for listening to my mixes in my car! After that I throw them away!! I know that's stupid but I try to find another way to check my mixes. Maybe what tips from other posters?
For the most part, the only CDs I ever use are the ones I had back in high school when CDs before the iPod came out
Just from a sheer environmental as well as profit margin standpoint, it's hard to justify CDs over mp3s or streams
Your point about the environmental impact is a good one. I believe that some municipalities have CD recycling programs, but I don't think they're very common.