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Mark Atwood
The mass market album is dead
48% of US teens did not purchase a single CD in 2007, compared to 38% in 2006. The report estimates that one million consumers dropped out of the CD buyer market in 2007 link

I bought a couple of CDs in 2007, but they were all direct purchase from the performer when I was at a concert or performance.
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 5th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ditto. I *maybe* purchased five CDs in 2007. And most of them were Ani DiFranco releases purchased directly from Righteous Babe Records. The only CDs I still buy are either from small artists, or things not available in iTunes.
artwrangler From: artwrangler Date: March 5th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have moved to downloaded purchases exclusively.
jatg From: jatg Date: March 5th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like buying CDs directly from the performer as well.
docorion From: docorion Date: March 5th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I have bought one CD in the past 3 years, also direct from the performer. He was a busker whose stuff I really liked, and I kinda doubted I'd find him on iTunes :-)
roseembolism From: roseembolism Date: March 5th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the situation here as well, though it's beeen more because we've been spending our excess money on DVDs. The last two CDs I bought were freezepop, bought at a concert several months ago.

At least , that prtetty much kills any idea that the RIAA is going to start trying to sue used music stores.
elfs From: elfs Date: March 6th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I bought twelve or so, two direct at concerts, two new, the rest from used.
mauser From: mauser Date: March 6th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
So I'm the radical because I actually bought a few CD's recently?

(Devo's Shout and a couple of semi-generic Irish albums from a display at Wal-Mart....)

But the RIAA can only blame itself when 45-50 minutes of audio only costs upwards of $15-$18, when you can have 2+ hours of VIDEO and music, in 5.1 Surround sound, for $15 and below.

If CD's were under $10, they'd probably sell a lot more.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 8th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that currently WallMart is the largest retailer of CDs, outstripping all other brick and morter outlets of CDs combined.

It causes interesting economics. The big labels have to come to WallMart on bended knee, because it's more than half their sales. And yet CDs are less than 1% of what WallMart carries. WallMart could drop CDs tomorrow and replace the shelfspace with lawnmowers, and not feel the difference, while it would probably put the big labels into immediate bankrupsy.
mauser From: mauser Date: March 8th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Which is why the selection at the local wal-mart is very odd, with a LOT of really cheap Latin CD's.
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