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Romy the Cat


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CD Is Dead. CD Is Dead?
EMI Music CEO says the CD is 'dead' -  Oct 27, 2006

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- EMI Music Chairman and Chief Executive Alain Levy Friday told an audience at the London Business School that the CD is dead, saying music companies will no longer be able to sell
CDs without offering "value-added" material.

"The CD as it is right now is dead," Levy said, adding that 60% of consumers put CDs into home computers in order to transfer material to digital music players.

EMI Music is part of EMI Group PLC (EMI.LN).

But there remains a place for physical media, Levy said.

"You're not going to offer your mother-in-law iTunes downloads for Christmas," he said. "But we have to be much more innovative in the way we sell physical content."

Record companies will need to make CDs more attractive to the consumer, he said.

"By the beginning of next year, none of our content will come without any additional material," Levy said.

CD sales accounted for more than 70% of total music sales in the first half of 2006, while digital music sales were around 11% of the total, according to music industry trade body the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

CD sales were worth $6.45 billion and digital sales $945 million, the IFPI said.

Levy said EMI is continuing to hold talks with Google Inc. (GOOG) on an advertising-revenue sharing partnership with the community video Web site YouTube, which the Internet search giant acquired in October for $1.6 billion in stock.

EMI's rivals, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG), Sony BMG - a joint venture between Sony Corp. (SNE) and Bertelsmann AG - and Universal Media have all signed content deals with YouTube.

"The terms they were offering weren't acceptable," Levy said, adding that EMI continues to be concerned about copyright issues. Company Web site: http://www.emigroup.com




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paul williams


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Re: Value added content?

Although I mostly buy CD's, I have never been a fan of the format and still prefer LP's.  As such I would welcome some value added content.  The trouble is, I suspect it won't be music (the only real value added content of interest) it will be pointless screen savers, video clips and other such banal stuff.  I could handle some artist interviews, as long as I don't have to go to my computer to listen to the CD's.  The two things that I've found that fundamentally spoil my enjoyment of music have been headphones (now necessary for late night listening) and having access to a computer in the same room as my stereo.  Both of these I aim to rectify over the next year with a new room for the stereo.

Paul

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drdna
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no-prize
Just when you thought they couldn't possibly make the musical format worse or further degrade the simple joys of listening to music, here you go.

Adrian
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Romy the Cat


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End of CD era! It's time do it good eventually.

It is good that a largest CD manufacturer have declared that CDs are dead – now perhaps it is a good time for the industry to learn how to make decently sounding CDs. It is ironic how much nose the stupid industry created about the inferiority of 16/44. They are partially correct - 16/44 has issues and 20/77 would be much more suitable format. However if “they” are so smart then why the industry did not get best from 16/44 and THEN bitch about the 16/44 limitations?

Still, even today – “when CD is dead” – a well performing 16/44, or at least performing at it’s maximum capacity, is a big big big rarity…. I wonder why? Sure, I understand that the EMI's guy did not mean quality but rather CDs and a marketing entity, but still – I personally tend do not buy CD because they are very poorly made – sometimes no better then MP3 that are available for free download. And it is not that  it’s impossible to make 16/44 CDs better…

Anyhow, I'm not really on the market for CD player, my TL0 serves me very well, but I juts queries if anyone heard the Nagra’s new CD transport in a proper setup.



I’m not a big Nagra fun, or at least not a big fan of their power amplifiers but it would be interesting to learn what the $14.000 new transport would be able to do. I am grad that quite a few companies keep introducing new 16/44 transports/players/DACs. Perhaps they learn eventually how to make the 16/44 to sound acceptable before then move to …whatever.

Rgs,
Romy the Cat


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Romy the Cat


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Yes, they might say it (aging) but….
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Yes, they might declare the death of the CD players ….

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/nov/20/linn-audio-streaming-cd-players

… there is a problem in this declaration. There is tone of great music available on CD. In contrary the music that that Linn released as their own downloads is mostly a horrible crap. So, what are we talking about?

The Cat


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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