In the not so distant future, we all as a society will be fondly reminiscing about the "old days" when music came on CDs. "Remember when music came on discs?" we'll ask. "All that great artwork and you could actually see what songs were on the album right there on the 'sleeve.' I loved opening that plastic and pulling the CD out of that center spire, hearing that 'crack.' And it was always fun spending 10 minutes just peeling the plastic off."
Then we'll put the new 50 Cent chip in our BrainPods and just think, "Play."
I personally don't feel a specific attachment to the format. But I doubt I was misty-eyed about the relative disappearance of vinyl a couple of decades ago (I'm not weepy about it now, really, though I think Jazz sounds better on vinyl). I think I'll just miss the physical "thingness" of having an actual hard-copy of an album. But I guess it will be nice to have the extra room in my house back.
Will you miss the CD? Has anyone purged all of their old ones and gone totally digital yet? Would you ever consider it?
Do you need more proof that the CD format is inches away from death? How's this: It was recently announced that the No. 1 selling album of this year is the soundtrack for High School Musical 2. If you’re thinking “Wait, there was a High School Musical ONE?,” then you are probably over 15 and don’t have children. The TV show soundtrack probably has Mickey and Minnie Mouse toasting champagne and doing bumps of coke off of each others’ private parts in the Disney bathroom stalls (HSM is a Disney Channel entity), but the actual number of CDs sold to make it qualify as the top seller likely has many in the music industry thinking about turning to selling cocaine.
The soundtrack album is on track to sell just 2.3 million copies, which would make it the lowest selling best-seller-of-the-year in the 16-year history of SoundScan (which keeps track of CD sales numbers).
For some perspective, look at the record holder for most albums sold in one year: Shania Twain’s Come On Over moved 15.4 million copies when it came out 10 years ago. Just three years ago, Nora Jones’ Feels Like Home sold half of what High School Musical 2 sold this year … in its first week.
I'm saving all my antiquated CDs for the Smithsonian. And coasters.
— Mike Breen