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The article wasn't really targeted at people like us, who discuss music all the time, but the title itself was interesting enough. Good enough to start a discussion.
I wonder what something New , worth reading you found in that articlel? Do we need CNET to tell us CD sounds better that iTunes MP3?
My opinion is cds may get converted to dvd with more music storeage but the physical format will not die in the near future reasons are people in this forum are discussing hi end audio but there are plenty out there who just have simple dvd player(local make for 1000rs) and basic stereo or 5.1 (local make 3000rs) as they are cheap and affordable in the rural areas and this market is huge. this can be found by the way regional film music or movies is sold(moserbare works on this idea). for these people this will be there first buy of stereo or home theatre and they are pretty happy with the sound (sometimes ignorance is bliss). on one side LCD/Plasma is penetrating into urban households but in rural normal crt tvs are now in the affordable range and so the focus of the companies are rural market for these items. to conclude its the hardware pricing which determines the software (media carrying music/movies)
During my last trip to US I could not buy any CDs in the stores. I had to order online sitting in the US, and then carry them back! All I saved was the shipping charges.
Tower Records and Good Guys used to have a good Jazz collection earlier, but after they closed down there is not mush of a choice. Multi purpose stores, such as Target just have the last few pop albums on sale.