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Records more profitable than CDs

Discussion in 'audio' started by wacko, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    Perhaps not surprising to some but apparently 2021 is the first year, since the 1980s, that music companies will make more money from selling records than CDs.
    Over 1 million records in the UK alone.
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  2. Old Shatterhand

    Old Shatterhand pfm Member

    That doesn't make me wonder, look at the crazy expensive prices for LPs compared to CDs.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2021
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  3. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    Does anyone actually buy new CDs these days?

    As an aside....I notice new cars mostly don't come with a CD player now?
  4. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Yes, some people still buy CDs and my Dad actually was saying on Sunday that his new car didn't have a CD player though I think he generally listens to Classic FM when driving.
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  5. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    I’ve not bought a cd for years.I was looking at my collection yesterday and wondered whether I should sell it.
  6. gustav_errata

    gustav_errata pfm Member

    I do.
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  7. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    Me too.

    Frustratingly some new music is no longer released on CD (download/LP etc instead).
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  8. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    Is that mainly classical?
  9. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Trouble is that most of the pressing plants have gone, so small independent labels have to wait months to get vinyl pressed.
  10. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    It’s a good collection of classical that I built up since my early twenties.
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  11. brecklandboy

    brecklandboy pfm Member

    The unit sales of CDs in the U.K. in 2020 actually far exceeded those of L.P.s but as has been pointed out earlier, when translated into revenue terms , vinyl won the sales race. The latter format has however now become so ridiculously expensive, that CD s will probably stage a revival sometime down the line.
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  12. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    I'm a bit of a sentimental type so would advise you not to sell but if you ever do, drop me a PM. Hope that's not too contradictory a message.
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  13. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Thanks Peter.I’ll keep that in mind.
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  14. mercalia

    mercalia pfm Member

    And I bet most who buy the LPs just "feel" them and ohhhhhh over the art work & never play them - go to online for that
  15. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Very regularly! I’ve noticed them going up in price recently too. CDs are shifting from mainstream to niche the way vinyl has over the past 25-30 years and it wouldn’t surprise me if they followed a similar trajectory.
    w00fer, albireo, RJohan and 5 others like this.
  16. jamjar

    jamjar pfm Member

    I still buy CDs - rip them and then stick them in loft. Amittedly purchases nowadays have slowed down and are mainly impulse buys from charity shops and Amazon if it is something specific that I want. Having, over the years, given away a record collection, a cassette collection and a load of minidiscs I want to keep a hard copy of what I have in case my dac fails. I also regret having parted with some of my LPs so I want to keep the CDs. I have an old R965 BX for backup should the Dac break or if a wave of nostagia washes over me. So I would keep them if you have space to store them.
  17. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I still buy CDs but not as many as before, still the best sound for pound IMV. I have started to buy the odd download via Bandcamp & recently bought the Sault ‘9’ on vinyl. Played it once & it doesn’t really add anything to the experience v the download.

    The great thing about CD is that they can be picked up 2nd hand for pennies with no real risk.
  18. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    When I said do people still buy new CDs....I didn't mean from charity shops! I meant NEW ones
  19. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    I buy lots of new c.d’s (not classical)

    Helps now that I have 2 decent c.d. players, the sound is good although I prefer my record players.

    In the charity shop ‘Headway’ brain injury charity, they sell 3 c.d’s for a quid. There is occasionally something that I pick up there, usually nr mint condition.
    We sell more records though, and I can price up to a tenner and folks will pay. Mind you, I price stuff cheaper than Discogs, I like sticking prog. rock in the shop, it flies out. Even the old boxsets of Glenn Miller I can shift, 5 albums, nr, mint for 50p.
    The flipside ;) is that I have just binned another 100 albums that have no value.
  20. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    To clarify I buy new as well.
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