Kim Kizyma
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CDs have died

It's a sad reality for me, but CDs are dead.

I used to buy every single album that I was even remotely interested in listening to, but have absolutely no desire to do that now. (I will still buy Paul's album on September 7th just because supporting him is really important to me.) It makes me feel strange but in the same sense it doesn't.

With Spotify Premium I have access to all the music I could ever want to listen to, and if it isn't on Spotify, it is on YouTube or somewhere else on the Internet that I could download from and add to my own playlists on Spotify.

I still love vinyl. There's such a novelty to it and I can't wait to get my own place and have a nice vinyl setup with my records all nicely organized and accessible, with my record player setup with good sound quality.

But why are CDs still being produced and sold in stores?

"The important thing to know about CDs is that they're very cost effective," he told me. "Buying 1,000 CDs through a plant like DiscMakers may cost just over $1,000—meaning the price per unit for each CD is likely under $1.50 in value. That's an affordable purchase for growing bands and small labels, and one with decent margin for a $5 or $10 sale."
So for a band, a CD is a cheap way to get your music out there to fans who come to shows and want to buy band merchandise, and who are happy to cough up the dough. For fans, Zarillo said CDs still have appeal to older folks who may not want to use iTunes, and to people who still like to listen to music in the car. The appeal of CDs as being easily played in the car seems to be a popular response as to why people are still buying them (Motherboard).

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