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As the news has been saying, Best Buy will stop CD sales as digital music continues to take over Target might not be far behind.

At first I was thinking that who has bought a CD from Best Buy or Target lately? I myself primarily use Amazon as albums often times have many editions and Best Buy doesn’t always carry what you want, so it’s not a huge loss if Best Buy or Target stops carrying CDs.

However recently it seems that music CDs are becoming more difficult to find, at least the edition of album you are looking for. I prefer to buy albums in its entirety.  Most of the time the bonus tracks are worth to take the extra time to look for. However the special edition of Dark Tranquillity’s Fiction. Others are more difficult to find even though the artist is still around and you are forced to gamble on a used copy.

So CDs are quickly on its way to becoming shorthanded. It’s really a shame considering digital media is of lesser quality. Mp3s do not cut it. Sure it’s very close but for me very close does not work. Many audiophiles agree that Mp3s are inferior. Surely formats like Flac and Wav are lossless like CDs but it gets rough when you have more than 300 albums. You need around 300GB and last I checked mobile storage memory is expensive, more space means more $$$. It’s cheaper to buy audio CDs at this point. Even though Mp3s may be more conservative with taking up space, it averages around 150mb while Flac can take up more than 300mb. And like I said mp3s are almost CD quality. Like 90% or more. Wma or Windows media format, you can cram more audio in without the loss of sound. However with mp3 quality at around 90% converting mp3 to Wma won’t help the sound quality any and will drop under 80% and you’ll notice a change. I’m not picky on digital media sound much but if I hear a decline on sound quality it becomes irritating. So I’d prefer to use audio CDs and rip them to Wma and I can keep most albums under 40mb without any noticeable quality loss, at least for me. It doesn’t always work though and have to increase the bite rate conversion.

My guess though, I think most people will not take the time or energy to upload their CD collection onto the computer. I don’t even think they use or even seen an actual computer. A laptop PC maybe and this is very apparent to the younger generation. Don’t get me wrong it’s great that these people are willing to help save the planet of ridding ourselves of needless plastic, needless things that clutter up space. In fact if a lossless quality sound, digital memory wasn’t an issue and a 3D image of a CD album for the artwork was possible id be all for abandoning the plastic mess. But Mp3s are lossy and unfortunately record companies didn’t think ahead, however people sometimes move faster than technology and monetary income can keep up.

To be fair I had more music interest than money so I had downloaded music illegally without purchasing the album if I liked the album and this is now the result, music cds are at risk of becoming an artifact and only seen in a museum. But since I’ve gained income, I am now playing catch up.

For now CDs are still the superior music format. If you are a fan of music and care enough about music quality, it’s time to abandon mp3s and keep buying CDs. Vinyl made a comeback, which doesn’t really do good for CD sales. Vinyl are even bigger, thinner but I don’t need anything that big.

And I hate to say this but if CDs go away, maybe it’s time to hang it up and stop discovering new music, even if it’s a favorite bands new album. It wouldn’t be good.

Sadly DVD and Blu Ray may receive the same fate.

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READ FIRST: I do not condone file sharing, i have downloaded & even shared some stuff in the past & sometimes i do download. But for every album i download that i like, i purchase. So before you attempt to condemn me read the rest of this material first.

Ok we all know what happened to Napster when the big bad music corporation found out & even Metallica got involved. It got shut down & rebuilt so if you download something you’ll have to pay for it. Then came iTunes & more digital downloads so people can save money. However, labels still saw a decline in sales due to the fact people are only buying one or 2 tracks from an album. This also became worse as more file sharing programs & direct downloads came into place. P2P programs like Kazaa & limewire were found liable & instead of the labels trying to shut down these programs, they decided to attack individuals who are distributing the files. One lady got fined $1.2 million for sharing 24 music tracks. Only, 24 tracks.  The labels wanted to set an example for others to try to curb file sharing. But it didn’t stop there. Recently they went to the internet providers, like Comcast & put a cap on how much a person can dl & high bandwidth users would get flagged & would receive a phone call or email saying that they need to stop using so much bandwidth or their service will be terminated.

It didn’t start off too bad but then many users were getting flagged & it became a problem since this was kept behind the curtains but then Comcast announced the cap & everyone was given a monthly bandwidth meter on their comcast user profile. But even then they got rid of it because since users knew how much they were using they decided to use more, kinda defeating the whole process of eliminating file sharing users. So, labels decided, lets go to the firesharing programs like uTorrent & report people who are file sharing. Well technically, an IP address isn’t a person so it never held up in court & ended up as a closed case? It stopped right here. I haven’t heard of any news or anything so perhaps they have given up but i really don’t think so.

When you think about it, when someone is sharing a new movie it doesn’t just give people less incentive to go out & buy it but not only that the movie loses sales & then the company who sells the movie doesn’t get a good revenue. If you enjoyed it then BUY IT. Don’t sit there & say.. oh well i saw it already & i already have it on my computer so it doesn’t really matter does it? Some people are using downloading as an excuse, well i don’t have the money, the person is dead he won’t care. Regardless of the reason you downloaded something, companies won’t like it. Even if you download a band’s discography & go out to purchase them all companies will still most likely frown upon that.  If all your doing is weeding out the albums you don’t like so you don’t have to buy them companies still won’t like it. Basically they want you to buy an album regardless if you enjoy it or not.  They don’t care if you don’t like it. Well.. some of them do care to a certain extent. Either way when you download something it’s considered stealing.

The thing that bothers me the most is this.

If a record company wants to sell an album you want, but can’t afford it then you can’t buy it. But if the reason for not being able to afford it is gas prices, which everyone or almost everyone is suffering at the pump, then why don’t the labels go after the gas/oil companies? Possibly because there is nothing they can do about it but however you think it, if labels are really losing money they’re losing money because no one has any money left because of GAS PRICES!!

If oil companies are allowed to rip people off & steal their money just so they can fill their tank then so can people with music downloading or file sharing. Hey well if i’m spending $100 a week on gas then i’m going to download $50 worth of music then. Again, read the disclaimer at the top of this post. Rather then suing people, putting them in jail badmouthing them (example: CHRISTIANS!) then why can we just leave it alone. If i download a new movie who’s right is it to snoop on what i do with my computer?

Oh i shared a movie & now the companies are looking at me for it. So who’s looking at the oil companies robbing us at the pump? NO ONE! NO ONE IS DOING FUCKING SHIT ABOUT THIS! What happened to $1 a gallon? Oh well i guess oil companies wanted to buy Rolex watches for the workers.

In conclusion, if your going to dl something, BUY it or DELETE IT. Because downloading something you enjoy & you have the money for it is just stealing & wrong. And to the oil companies & to whoever allowed gas prices to raise up $3, FUCK YOU! I HOPE YOU DIE ON THAT HARDWORKING CASH. KARMA IS A BITCH & YOU WILL PAY FOR THIS ATROCITY! The economy is FAILING because of this! Either this economy needs to fail or recover i can’t stand it lingering from ok, to bad & back again. It needs to be fixed once & for all!

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