CD's will become like vinyl is today.
There will ALWAYS be a "backwards compatable' method for playing shiney discs.
Since it's all 1's and 0's it wil still be accomodated.
Some of us here like to "fetishize" things like CD's and Vinyl records. There will ALWAYS be a
market in place for those things. (albeit specialized)
Don't be such a know-it-all little tit and think you're preaching to a mass of
"old geezers" who don't understand the "new hi-fulluton" technology.
If there is money to be made in any market it will continue to exist.
Look man, I'm not trying to be a know it all.
Firstly, I don't think ''CD's will become like vinyl is today'' & here is why:
How many record shops have gone out of business in the last five years? Nearly all of them. Maybe a few independent ones that appeal to only hardcores types but certainly no more mainstream chains. The Supermarket might carry the top 20 album chart CD's but that's it. As the demand for CD's continues to fall the manufacturing costs will rise.
Now let's take the ZFT for example. Let's say its only viable to manufacture CD's of the latest releases in batches of 5000. Personally I doubt they sell 5000 units per album releases but that's another story. Sure they can do smaller amounts but the price per unit sky rockets. Now let's say that the sales of download version of the album overtakes the CD version which I suspect will happen if it hasn't already. This trend will continue until perhaps CD's amount to just 10%. Sooner or later this will happen and when it does I suspect that they just won't bother with CD's. I give it ten years max, probably five to reach that point.
The younger generation have no idea what it means to collect a physical version of an album. They just know the music in a digital downloadable file. Personally I have no issue with this. Music is what matters not some package. I know you guys like to collect stuff but really, ask yourselves, is it really that important?
Now my suggestions earlier (and I speak as someone who proudly displayed their CD collection) regarding moving to a different approach to music playback really has been wonderful. I would never go back to physical CD, its such a clunky way to enjoy music.
Anyway, each to their own. I just think some of your guys are missing out that's all.
I think the Lp is a "clunky" way to enjoy music,....but I still like them.By the way it costs $1000 to press up 500 CDs(with a single fold booklet).....so you CAN make a profit even pressing that few and charging $10 each(or less). So,the cost of pressing is NOT a major concern to labels.....the more you press the LESS they cost.But you don't have to press up millions to make a profit on 'em. Not to say all the care put into the pre-production art and how fancy they look doesn't add up too. But.....
I feel that the "younger generation" see the music as digital downloads only because they don't want to pay for anything at all. They want it all for free ,and right now. They also don't give a crap if anyone gets paid for their art or music. Plus ,sadly, according to a whole bunch of interviews I've read with ,I'd say, stupid indie artists, most of the bands don't care right now either. They say,"... screw the companies,..we don't need them." But who made them available to be heard? So,right now go and download all the music you want for free,...or one of you pays and shares files to 50 friends. Then in a few years when all the indie record labels(the only ones really getting screwed on this deal) fold,why you can buy your downloads from the big companies who are betting you'll kill all their competition. That will be after the indies fold up and the big companies sue the asses off of all the free share sites that they are now just sitting back and allowing to ruin the music business "as it is known today".
Because they ,in the end,will still own all the "major" artists' work.....and by then they can switch to "all pay" download services and just cruise off making the money they always have. While they laugh at all the independent labels that withered away due to lack of support. Yes,the young generation wants it all for free. But they'll get screwed in the end too. By then all of the people that are trying to make music that matters(in my opinion NOT on the Major labels),and add artwork and liner notes,and have some basic value added to the sounds,....producing releases from their own paychecks....,will have just said "the hell with it" and closed.This will leave you to the major labels,...and they do have the money to "fix the system" to any plan they'd like.
Most of you are all here now because you bought some physical sounds from Frank Zappa,....and many of you found other artists you love due to the artwork and liner notes thoughtfully added to the releases by Frank Zappa. Are you the same ones saying the hell with the record industry? Because the large labels will survive,...and the "mom & pop" ,one-man-companies will be the losers here in the end. Take your music for free and sabotage the music you love. That's all it will come down to in the end. Because I know when I hear someone say they downloaded a song,90% of the time it wasn't paid for. So,by then ZFT will be (at worst)sold back by a desperate Zappa Family to Warner Brothers ,....or(even worse) NOT sold to anyone and just kept in a vault of the Family for spite. Either way ,the fans lose,...and I bet the Big Companies WILL WIN.
Ultimately the "big labels" want downloads to be the main selling "product". Why do I say this? Because there are no traces left of how many units were sold. What a perfect way to ultimately screw the artists! Big Business will just say that you sold only 10,000 downloads of _______ product,when you really moved 100,000,000. How can you prove more sold? That is the ultimate goal. Destroy the little guys,and fuck the artists. It'll make maximizing profits easy,....and, hell, you can pump any shit out there once you own the whole service. It doesn't have to have a picture,no liner notes,maybe not even any real musicians? It's the perfect shill.
So,to me,I am betting that this will be a double-screwing in the end. You get free music for a while,the cool indie guys fade,and even the artists suffer after the "big collapse". The future of ZFT and all independent music companies lies with the consumer. Support the music you love,or face the collapse of the indie music companies and the rise of BIG FUKKER RECORDS. That's it as far as I'd guess. They are using your own greed to kill off the small guys.
I will agree with people who rob downloads ,to me downloads are worth nothing. It's like buying "ones and zeroes". Plus once the power fails....it's all gone. Faceless ,souless,emptyness,....like sand slipping through your fingers. In other words ,exactly why I still like any physical format. You get to at least see who made the music,read something about who made the sounds,...and it's not going to get lost in a computer/device crash. Plus I DO like supporting the artists. Most of my music is from "real people" making music that they love. I hardly buy any major label music anymore,.....because most of it sucks. Hell,maybe the larger companies are posting some of their competition's music as free downloads already? I wouldn't put it past 'em.
Sorry just venting my ideas.....you can all do anything you want. I will only buy a download if I am forced to. I like my music to come solidly prepared,with personality attached,....and I feel like I've bought nothing on the few occasions I did buy a download. Also I'd always burn the downloads onto a CD-R,....just in case the power fails. So what did I save?