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The Steady Decline Of The CD Buyer

The Steady Decline Of The CD Buyer | Kill The Record Industry |

As much as we may be in the era of streaming, nearly half of recorded music revenue globally is still derived from physical sales, with the CD making up the vast majority of that. So, for all the understandable focus on how YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud & co are shaping the future of the music business, the humble CD buyer remains crucial. Take away the $4.5 billion of physical music revenue generated in 2015 and most record labels of scale, majors included, would go belly up.



Pierre Priot's insight:

The CD buyer is getting old, and he's showing more interest in Nirvana's Unplugged latest re-issue than in any kickass new material you may put out.
No wonder back catalog sales are surpassing new releases

clyde norvell's curator insight, February 9, 5:03 PM

Streaming music is the new way of getting and listening to music today,But the CD's market shouldn't not be over looked or under estimated. CD's are still a strong source of music sales and still has a strong market for them. Record companies and producers should continue to use them.

Larissa Teems's curator insight, February 10, 9:15 PM

Interesting to think about being able to "subscribe" to a record label instead of buy physical CDs from them. I've often wondered if it would be better if the big record labels did go "belly-up" and smaller labels and producers became more popular. I feel as though there would be more individuality and less influence from outsiders. 

Deandre Summlin's curator insight, February 11, 3:22 AM

How will you publish and expose your music?

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The Man Who Broke the Music Business

The Man Who Broke the Music Business | Kill The Record Industry |

Dell Glover manufactured CDs for a living, but he began to wonder: if the MP3 was just as good, why bother with the CD?

Pierre Priot's insight:

A mighty good read, as the story concludes: "there was scarcely a person younger than thirty who couldn't trace music in his or her collection to him."

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Why do Japanese still buy CDs? - Video

Other countries might be going digital, but Japan's music fans are sticking with the compact disc. Pauline Chiou reports.
Pierre Priot's insight:

There's something about Japan and Music that our western brains will never figure out

Roger Smith 's curator insight, October 11, 2015 12:37 AM

I like to have an official copy of the CD myself too. That's the reason I chose to scoop this video. Something about having that collection.

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What I Learned About the Record Industry by Carsharing with a Millenial | Pierre Priot | LinkedIn

What I Learned About the Record Industry by Carsharing with a Millenial | Pierre Priot | LinkedIn | Kill The Record Industry |

This generation never paid for music. That's a fact. They were raised while MP3 rampaged the industry - remember those Naptster days? - and now they're adults it's free streaming time, Youtube and my-guy-with-a-shit-load-of-mp3 dealer of a friend.
Then, how will we ever be able to bring them to spend money over music?

Pierre Priot's insight:

You can ditch all the fancy reports and studies about millenials' music consumption habits, here's what I learned by car-sharing with one of them

Cy Queen's curator insight, October 21, 2015 4:56 PM

What do YOU think of this one?
When was the last time you bought a CD?

Lovell Cooper's curator insight, November 8, 2015 7:56 PM

Kids and some adults alike are selfish and always want the easiest, and cheapest way to do things. They don't realize how their actions can impact someone else. They sneak until they get caught. Once caught they want to change laws so that everyone can get away with it. This is one good example. "Why should I pay for it when I can get it for free?" All while the artist suffers. 

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Why Would Anyone Keep Buying CDs? : NPR

Why Would Anyone Keep Buying CDs? : NPR | Kill The Record Industry |
Not everyone has made the transition to MP3s. Are CD- and vinyl-loving holdouts being left behind?
Pierre Priot's insight:

Come on people, life's analog. Stick to LP.

christopher wilson's comment, September 1, 2013 11:53 AM
In the 80s when i bought vinyl, the quality of the physical support was crap, I often got warped or scratched LPs. I'm sticking with flac and mp3, CD quality is really not bad. It's certainly good enough for me.
Daniel Swain's curator insight, September 9, 2015 6:41 PM

This article is about how easy people forget how music use to be.many people know get music online and forget about CDs. people have forgotten thing like recorder then eight tracks then cassettes and now CDs. I choose this article because I feel like people need to know that not everyone has gone digital.

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U.K. Digital Downloads to Pass CD Sales in 2013

U.K. Digital Downloads to Pass CD Sales in 2013 | Kill The Record Industry |
A gloomy report shows the continuing decline of the U.K. music industry as CD sales fell by a fifth last year.
Pierre Priot's insight:

face it, it's happening, CD's dying.

Phil Book's comment, October 11, 2014 5:44 PM
The switch to digital could definitely be a good thing considering it will drop production costs of CD's. I personally like to have the CD but ever since I started using Spotify I haven't wanted to buy a CD. Even though I use it I think it's programs like Spotify that are causing the real problems.
Frank Ruiz's curator insight, December 4, 2014 7:00 PM

Throughout the years we have slowly been seeing a decline in cd sales as digital downloads begin to take over in the music industry. Digital downloading is increasing mainly due to the fact of the convenience and ease that it has not only this but consumers don't need to worry about albums selling out before they can get a chance to listen to them.  

Jess Filomeno's curator insight, October 7, 2015 3:07 PM

The moment that digital sales started going up in 2013 is when we should've seen how this industry was gonna go. CD sales saw a huge drop in sales back then.