The Internet has given us a lot of great things, but it’s also completely ruined the industries of some of the world’s most treasured staples. E-books are replacing print, online streaming is replacing video rental, and music downloading is replacing the CD. The CD is done. All those racks at your local record store are completely worthless. Let us take a moment to mourn this loss.
Okay, moment’s over.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, the music industry has been in a steady decline since the inception of the Internet. Ever since Sean “Napster” Parker started the wave of illegal downloading, the compact disk has been following the cassette to the grave of outdated technology. People can get the music they want cheaper and faster through the internet so they can add to the library on their i-pods. There’s no need to have that $17 circular disk lying around getting scratched the hell up.
It used be that you would hear a new song that you liked and go to the record store to pick up the CD. That CD would have one, maybe two, songs that were any good on a 15 -20 track set. You would then go home and burn the CD into your computer before transferring the songs you wanted to your i-pod. Sometimes the burn would work, other times you really had to fight with it. That’s not the way it’s done anymore.
Nowadays, you can just hop on the internet and download the one song you liked for $.99. There’s no need to spend all your hard earned cash on a disk that you only listen to a quarter or less of the songs on it. There are still plenty of sites out there where you don’t even have to pay for top quality songs. Obviously, I’m not going to list them here because I don’t want to have a team of record company lawyers knocking on my door, but anyone who knows there way around a computer can find good quality music for free download.
The music industry is not the only one who utilizes compact disks in their product marketing platforms, but it is the most prominent. Playstation and X-box both have their online market places where users can download games and dlc packs and Macintosh has the app store where they offer software for download as well. Within the next few years, every industry that uses a compact disk will have migrated their product line to exclusively feature only downloadable content. All this means for you, the buyer, is another television that you have to buy because the new movie you wanted to purchase is only available through an online marketplace. That’s where we’re heading. So, sure the CD was great and light weight to have around, but it’s day is done. Now we just have to ask ourselves “What’s going to replace downloadable content?”