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.