Sony Shutting Down Major CD Manufacturing Plant: Is The Disc Dead?

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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.

Sony 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 to wonder...
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realneil replied on Thu, Jan 20 2011 8:36 PM

Maybe they just ran out of RootKits,..................

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Super Dave replied on Thu, Jan 20 2011 10:29 PM

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Maybe they just ran out of RootKits,..................

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Inspector replied on Fri, Jan 21 2011 12:13 PM

I havn't used a cd in a year or two -.-.

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coolice replied on Sat, Jan 22 2011 11:56 AM

Hmm, true say... i have spindles of dvd+r's from 2007, cd's from 2006. They're still just at around 1/2. Dvds were a 50 pack, cd's a 100.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Jan 22 2011 12:08 PM

"And now, the end is near, And so I face the final curtain"

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realneil replied on Sat, Jan 22 2011 1:16 PM

I use both types of media, (CD and DVD) for Pictures, Music CD's, and recording larger chunks of data.Even though my Music is backed up to multiple Hard drives, I have a DVD Dual Layer backup (many disks) in the fire safe too.

BD media is way too expensive to buy as are the BD Burners, at least as of right now that's so. Once it's inexpensive to use BD as a way to back up files, I'll use that.

EDIT: I'd like to add that my kids seem to be getting into my old vinyl record collection lately. They've bought old turntables and they wax poetic about the "original" sound of music. Give me a CD any day.

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Schmich replied on Mon, Jan 24 2011 2:07 PM

Dead? Are you joking? Decline yes but far far from dead. An easy example why: you don't give out USB sticks (as they will always cost current price but go in capacity) for free but you do that with CD/DVDs.

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