Well, it's probably nearing the end of an era. Of course, it's not
totally unexpected, and analysts in the industry have seen this day
coming for years. The CD is becoming a relic, and children born five to
ten years from now will probably view the Compact Disc the same way that
teenagers view the vinyl record today. The CD has had an incredible
run. It has managed to last decades, and even in an increasingly digital
world, the CD has remained a staple of the media and music industry.
But that staple may be weakening.
use to have three CD manufacturing plants in America. Now they have
two. And soon, they'll have one. One also has to wonder how long it
will be before Sony has none here. In Pitman, NJ, workers at Sony's CD
manufacturing plant are bracing to deal with unemployment. CD sales are
dropping tremendously, and there's just not enough demand to go around.
The company is planning to soon shut down the facility, putting 300
workers out of work. According to a report at C|NET, a spokesperson for
the company "cited an ailing U.S. economy and sagging interest in
physical media as the reasons for the closure." In fact, an employee of
the planet told the outlet that "the CD is dying."
One worker even confessed that his daughter is using fewer CDs, despite
the fact that her actions are playing a tiny role in the loss of her
dad's job. There's no question that iTunes and piracy have helped to
kill off the CD. iTunes now sells more music than Walmart in America,
and it's just far easier to download an MP3 than to go out and purchase a
physical CD. Also, the piracy culture that started way back during the
Napster era has flourished, and now people have an even more difficult
time swallowing the purchase of a disc. It's not right, but even workers
confess that it has played a role.
When will the CD die out completely? We think there's still five to ten
years of life left; educational sectors still rely heavily on CDs, and
many PC game titles still ship on them. Broadband Internet isn't quite
available "everywhere," so shipping things on CD is still effective in
many sectors of the world. And beyond the CD, how long will the DVD
last? With Vudu, Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand taking off, one has