What is the future of audio CD's?

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It seems like audio CD's can command higher prices than digital downloads. (Am I wrong?) That said, what do you think the future holds for audio CD's? Are they soon to go completely out of style? (Perhaps MP3 CD's will remain in style?)

Edit: One of the reasons I ask is because Tony Robbins seems to have nothing but audio CD's on his website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Go take a walk through Walmart. Look at the ever decreasing size of their CD section. Answer seems fairly obvious....at least for music.

    Why buy an MP3 CD when you can just as easily put it on memory or on your phone to play?
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    • Profile picture of the author essmeier
      Why buy an MP3 CD when you can just as easily put it on memory or on your phone to play?

      Why listen to music on your phone when you could buy a record and listen to it in high quality sound on a stereo system?

      I've never liked CDs, but MP3 files sound even worse. Why anyone would pay for one is a mystery to me.

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  • Profile picture of the author RyleyDonkersgoed
    I think CD's are already a thing of the past. CD's do command higher prices but that is because they are phsyical copies. There is an expense to have the cd's to produce the cd's and to distribute them. Where as a digital download there aren't really any costs. Also digital downloads are instant.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrgoe
    You know that people still buy Vinyls, right ? I mean.. very few things actually dissappear and are never looked for again
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    • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
      There are a few advantages with physical media. I don't know anyone that sends out CD's but many still send out DVD's.

      Higher perceived value since you are actually getting "Something" for what you are paying for.
      Harder to refund. They have to take the time to actually send it back to you to get the refund.
      Customers in area with poor or no broadband. I have an aunt that lives is the middle of no where Wisconsin, all she can get is dialup

      But, as more people consume things on their mobile devices ( One of my clients new hires doesn't even have a computer, all through her smartphone), the need and desire for physical media will continue to slowly die. And in the short term, Now Now Now world we live in, immediate gratification is a big selling point. The membership system I use, does auto-login so they don't even have to register or wait for the passwords.
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      • Profile picture of the author roblawrence
        I think the days of interviewing a bunch of people and putting it on a CD and selling it are over. So many people rushed in and swamped the market with such poor quality interviews that it totally ruined it. Remember squeeze pages? They don't work anymore. Remember audiogenerator? Another fad. What about those little people who walk onto your screen and talk? You don't see too many of the little people anymore. The CD market is over. But whatever the medium, make sure that what you're selling is high quality. That's what people really buy. Fads come and go. Technology changes. But wisdom is eternal.
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        • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
          Never write anything off, vinyl was supposed to die at the hands of CD's but many people realized the limitations of CD's and returned to vinyl.

          CD's could be used as a premium surprise feature, like sending a friend a real birthday card rather than an update on Facebook.

          As with everything you will have to use your imagination and test you ideas to see whether there is still a place for physical media in your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author namehero
    Originally Posted by James Liberty View Post

    It seems like audio CD's can command higher prices than digital downloads. (Am I wrong?) That said, what do you think the future holds for audio CD's? Are they soon to go completely out of style? (Perhaps MP3 CD's will remain in style?)

    Edit: One of the reasons I ask is because Tony Robbins seems to have nothing but audio CD's on his website.
    Yes CDs are going away and everything is going to be on your phone / mobile device. This is how you should be producing your products.

    Tony still has an older audience but he also has the capital to adapt very quickly when he has too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
    sqeeze pages are a thing of the past? really?
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  • Profile picture of the author kavyaanjali
    according to me i don't find any great future of audio CD as now a days lots of the people have their own PC and using internet free download every thing is available.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenW3
    I've noticed some artists releasing record albums (LPs) recently. Vinyl and tape are analog, which is full range unsampled. A digital format is sampled analog (hopefully) or very high digital (to avoid aliasing artifacts).

    A CD is higher resolution than an MP3 as a CD sampling rate is 44.1 kHz so it can reproduce audio at half that rate. Full resolution (uncompressed) CD digital files are in either the WAV, APE, or FLAC format.

    The difference between hearing analog versus digital is striking. The argument that the upper range of human hearing is 20 kHz +/- and CD is 'good enough' is specious. Most kids today (under 40) do not have the experience of what it is like to feel music through their audio equipment (in addition to hearing it), so have learned to settle for lossy audio formats like CDs and MP3s.


    Even for audio only CDs, the improvement over MP3 is a lack of tinniness and a higher quality product, which is the quality I'd expect from someone like a Tony Robbins. For business information and education, people should prefer DVD over MP4/AVI/FLV and CD over MP3 - a company should offer consumers their choice of format and quality.
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    • Profile picture of the author christy62
      I have more than 100 CDs, 80% of them have been kept for 8 years. To avoid the data destroyed or other issues, I ripped them as MP3s for backup. Actually I don't play now them, I just regard them as my collections.
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