Music Industry Abandoning CDs in 2012?
Considering stores that sell physical CDs are becoming rarer than an Adele concert which goes on as scheduled, it should come as no surprise that music labels are thinking about ditching the format entirely and relying solely on digital outlets, like iTunes and Amazon.com, to sell music.
According to Side-line.com, 2012 will mark the end of mass market CD manufacturing, with only limited edition releases getting physical copies and everything else getting relegated to MP3's.
No label would confirm or deny this seismic shift, but you can't argue with the logic: physical CDs are expensive to make, and even more expensive when they don't sell because the companies are then forced to pay to store excess stock.
The death of CDs would be a sad day for every child of the 90s who still remembers their first (Janet Jackson's If), but my older sister got over losing cassette tapes and my parents finally stopped dropping flowers off at the 8-track graveyard because formats will die, but the music lives on.