Recently we have seen the vinyl media platform making a bit of a comeback as sales begin to climb again after years of falling, which has been helped with quality turntables still available. Now we have news that the platform that begun the demise of Vinyl compact discs, could be killed off next year.
There are now reports that EMI, Sony, and Universal may be thinking of doing away with the platform by the end of 2012 in favor of digital downloads. TechRadar are reporting via Side-Line that sources from inside the record labels say the end of the platform is in sight. Currently though the major labels have not officially commented on the rumor.
It is being claimed that the only CDs to remain after 2012 will be special editions, and will be sold mainly by online retailer Amazon. These will only be available from the biggest of artists as well. The remaining retailers that sell the platform such as HMV in the UK will take a further knock.
If true it will be good news for Amazon though as it continues to take on Apple with its iTunes service. It already has an online music store, but with the promise with limited edition discs it will offer consumers something Apple can’t.
There will be many consumers who won’t be happy though as not everyone uses an iPod or something similar. Other people who do own such a device may still want to purchase hard copies of their music though.
If digital downloads do replace CDs you have to wonder what will be the next media platform to take center stage next? Do you still purchase CDs?