I think the last time I bought a CD was in the UK about 18 months ago. I’d stumbled on a bootleg recording of The Who’s 1982 “farewell” show at Maple Leaf Gardens at used record shop somewhere near Hyde Park. Since then, any purchases have been restricted to vinyl and hi-res FLAC files.
Think about it: When was the last time you bought a CD? And with the pandemic, Canadian sales are down over 50% from where they were a year ago. But according to this article at Gear Patrol, we absolutely should keep buying compact discs.
“It’s 2020 and streaming makes up about 85 percent of how all music is consumed. Vinyl is in a resurgence, of course, with records outselling CDs for the first time in almost three decades. CDs, on the other hand, have been on the decline. Their sales have dropped by 95 percent since 2000 (the peak days of CDs), according to a new report, and are currently at their lowest level since 1986. To say CDs have lost their cool factor is a little bit of understatement.
“Yet, there’s still good reason to buy them!”