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Weekly survey: Is it time for a CD revival?

Sales of vinyl have been going up for 15 straight years. There are, however, rumblings in certain quarters that it’s now time for the CD to make a comeback. Millions are still sold each year, but the rep of the compact disc has taken a real beating in the wake of streaming and the rise of vinyl.

This may not be an entirely silly idea, too. The compact dis is a physical format that you can own, handle, look at, and examine. There are more CD players out there than turntables and certainly cassette machines. (Hey, think of the cars with CD players!) And let’s remember that we’re in the midst of a severe vinyl shortage. Supplies are low, it takes a long time to get records to market, and prices have spiked.

So…maybe it’s time to give the CD a little more love? Thoughts?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

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3 thoughts on “Weekly survey: Is it time for a CD revival?

  • I’ve recently started rebuying CD’s. I never really purchased a lot of them in the past but when you can buy them at thrift shops for a dollar they pretty much match the price of a jukebox selection. I try not to rebuy what I have but I do look for popular Jazz titles and greatest hits packages of artists I know. If I don’t like the CD –about 20%–, I give it back to the thrift store for resale. After all most of these thrift stores support a charity.

  • No, done with CD’s long ago. Same for mp3, never liked the square clean sound, feel fake like auto-tune. Will pay extra and wait for quality… (your Profile picture even supports my preference!).
    Long live Rock on vinyl!

  • i have been a purchaser of CDs for a long time and will continue to do so, even though i bought myself a turntable again in 2021. I still can’t understand how a vinyl LP that would cost around the price of a CD back in the 80s and 90s is now 2 – 3 times the price. I buy CDs for convenience and LPs for historic nostalgia reasons (hence i purchased a few of the HMV ‘1921’ titles that came out last year).


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