How long will you continue to buy things like CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays?

Item 1: Earlier this month, Samsung announced it was going to stop investing in new Blu-ray technology. While the company will continue to manufacture players for the foreseeable future, they won’t be spending any more time improving the technology.

Item 2: A reliance on DVD and Blu-ray says was a big reason HMV UK went bankrupt. Twice.

Item 3: CD sales in Canada are down by about 25% year-over-year. This market will not recover. Ever.

Item 4: At the Toronto International Auto Show, it’s very apparent that auto manufacturers aren’t keen on providing CD players in current and future models. Neither my car or my wife’s mom-friendly Honda SUV have any CD-playing capability.

So here’s the question: How long will you continue to buy media that’s stored on spinning discs? This survey from Sound and Vision. Go here to vote.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on “How long will you continue to buy things like CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays?

  • February 24, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    I still buy discs, but I also stream content at the same time. Discs are great for content you want to hold on to and preserve for posterity. I have a bunch of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays that I’m not going to give up, and I’ll still buy them as long as they keep making them. With streaming, you don’t really “own” the content. I’ll stream things that I want to watch or listen to, but don’t really need to own.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    Price is a big factor for me. If I’m taking a flyer on music I’m not entirely familiar with, a 6.99 iTunes download works just fine. $30 is my upper limit for vinyl

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  • February 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    I’m glad there is a halt on developing new technologies. I tired years ago of buying new players. I will continue to buy Blu-rays for content I wish to view over and over. However most of it is music based content. But most films I only want to watch once. I have just a handful of loved films. The Shape Of Water is the last film I bought. I haven’t bought a CD in years. I’ve collected vinyl since the mid 60s and have looked after them so I don’t replace them with new copies very often. I agree that once the price goes upwards of $30.00 I think carefully about whether I really want the disc. I find Sunrise very expensive. Independent record stores like Vertigo in Ottawa offer much better prices and welcoming knowledgeable staff. It’s the way they build loyal customers.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I’ve not bought a new piece of physical media in 15 years, and the only reason i upgraded my DVD player was to go 4K, wireless and have Nexflix built in.

    Last week, I took about 35+ CD’s from the 1990’s and early 2000’s to a local CD buy/sell store, they only wanted to buy 3 of them for $2.50 each, they had a dozens of the other titles already, i guess everyone is dumping physical product.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    I love dvd and blue ray and will buy till i die . yes you want to own the content and somethings aren’t available to stream and you need to buy it to watch it.So it depends on what you enjoy. Main stream movie’s or the lesser known films.but ive found streaming has come along way. SHUDDER is a new found favourite of mine. But they just cant stream it all.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    I stream all my video content, I probably own more VHS tapes than DVD or Bluray. However, I own 2500 CDs and have purchased pro gear to listen to them. I dumpster dive at thrift stores and buy new releases at the local shop. Let’s face it, if cassettes are getting a revival, its only a matter of time before people realize that CD’s are superior.(again).

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  • February 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    I just teplaced my SACD player lasy week and my CD Player today. I’m buying physical media that everyone is discarding. Own ZERO 4K as we stream our video content. Stream music too but still expanding my collection of hard copies.

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