Really wish I’d taken better care of my CDs. Biggest problem was getting battered around in the car. Was surprised to see quite some of mine would have fetch high value second hand if in better condition and if so inclined.
Reckon they will have a big revival at some point when that era is considered retro. Sorry CDs
I think very soon artists will properly start pushing them again, but at a much cheaper price point than Back In The Day. Already I’m starting to see larger pop artists flogging them again on their webstores. Vinyl lead-in times are just insane now and pressing plants are so clogged up, so it makes sense for the industry to try and push this as a decent alternative.
K Pop artists in particular have really nailed beautiful packaging/book type releases, I think that’s probably one way forward that might mean it taking off again. Nobody wants shitty jewel cases to return.
Ah I’m in there all the time normally, gutted you beat me to Mclusky! Looking forward to getting back round now they’re open again. I’ve found some unlikely albums in there before, like Viva Last Blues by Palace Music.
Voodoo Soup always has a great CD selection these days, got loads of bargains in there last year
They’d been priced at about half of the inflated level the record companies insisted on; and
They’d been packaged in simple cardboard sleeves rather than those hideous plastic boxes.
Prices have come down and packaging has improved so there arguments for them now. I still prefer vinyl for most things but I buy quite a lot of compilations on CD and also stuff to listen to at night (bought three new ECM CDs today for that). I find CD is a perfect format for nighttime - records are too fiddly and I don’t like to take my phone into the bedroom at night so streaming is out.
To your first point, my dad has a copy of Ecstasy by Lou Reed (underrated album) that has the sticker on got £16.99. A complete and total utter rip off especially considering the mark up on CDs labels were making in 2000/2001.
To your second, the plastic cases are crap, especially Jewell cases. I think the cardboard sleeves are more standard these days for recent releases
Had a nice find in my local Oxfam this week, someone had dropped off a big box of ‘80’s goth bootlegs, which were available for a donation in the charity box. Just CD-r’s in jewel cases, no cover art. Got a pile of mid ‘80’s Nick Cave bootlegs.
Been buying CDs since 1993 and I’m not going to stop. Charity shops and eBay are regular haunts.
The current vinyl bubble is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, too many bands/labels only put out music on vinyl now and the humble little CD has been shunned because let’s face it, if you can charge a physical-buying schmo £30-40 for a 12" why bother with £10 CDs? On the other hand, vinyl nerds have been (inexplicably) getting rid of their CD collections as they upsize and I have been reaping the rewards and finishing out my collections as they sell their unwanted drinks coasters for (mostly) peanuts.
There’s stuff I’d like on vinyl for the sheer collector side of it, plus obviously lovely big art, but I always feel they’re a trade-off in terms of occasion/ritual over sound quality. My grandad was a sound engineer who built his own speakers and amplifiers and I remember him basically saying that CDs were the pinnacle of sound reproduction and it’s stuck with me.
This is absolutely right. When CDs emerged in the early 90s vinyl albums were selling for about £5. CDs were cheaper to produce and yet the major labels would not sell them for less than about £10. Result? A whole generation of young music fans were priced out of buying their music. They taped it instead, and when file sharing started they were on board straight away.
I don’t think thInk that the decline of the record industry has been an unalloyed positive for the culture as a whole, but you can’t say that they didn’t have it coming.
If you’re paying £40 for a vinyl album you’re definitely getting ripped off. I get mine for half that at most.
Albums were about £5 each when I started buying them in the early 80s, which is about £17.50 in 2021 when adjusted for inflation. The standard vinyl album price now is not massively over the top, especially when you consider the loss of economies of scale given a lot les are made now.