Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blog Assignment # 10

Digital downloads of music have surpassed CDs in sales for the first time. Read the full article and comment on the question below.

  • Do you think people will ever stop buying music in physical form? Why or why not?

23 comments:

  1. Alondra J. Ramirez PiñeroAugust 15, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    No I don’t think that people will ever stop buying music in a physical form. Why do I think this? Well for me is kind of better like to have it physically, because if you depend too much on the digital form, it may happen like a lot of stuff this that can damage the quality of the music. For example: if you search the music via internet while you are trying to download it, you are taking a risk, why? Because maybe you won’t be able to find the correct song as quickly as in putting the CD in a CD player, choosing the song and pressing play. Other thing could be that the music may not have being downloaded well and then the song won’t be working completely well. But in the other hand, most of the music that you download online are free, if you want the physical form of the music, you will have to probably buy it for like fifteen or twelve dollars or even like for twenty dollars, depending on the CD that your about to buy. Plus add the fact that it is hard to find the CD’s because maybe they come too late and you didn’t get the change of buying them, while if you buy them online of downloaded them you have it instantly on your media device. So yeah it is just at the person’s discretion, rather if they like it in the physical from or the digital form. For me I like then both, but I tend to use more the digital kind.

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  3. Lissette Fred FloresAugust 24, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Yes, I believe that at some point people will stop buying CD’s in the physical format. We all know that these days the advancement of technology is super-fast. I’m sure that it will continue until it makes CD’s become obsolete. I have many reasons to think so. They say history repeats its self. Let’s think about it. From those huge paste CD’s to cassettes. Then they it was the shiny CD’s and after that followed the mp3 and mp4. This same thing has happened with radios, telephones, cell phones and computers. The radio at first was just am/fm. Then they added the cassette player to it and later on the CD player. Now a day’s we can find radios with USB ports and auxiliary ports on them. Telephones and cell phones have evolved as well. Cell phones used to be big and bulky with a long antenna. Later on they transformed into clamshells and now they are used for much more that making a simple phone call. Computers at first they were huge and heavy but now they are small, modern, much lighter and portable. It’s a great thing for companies to reinvent themselves and to create new products. New products, new ways to stimulate the market, everyone wins!
    I’m a mom so for me it’s a great thing that electronics and music are more portable. It’s just easier to carry everything around. There are many other benefits with the music going digital. Less CD’s that get lost, scratched or even broken. Less CD’s means less trash for the environment in the future. Going digital is good for the environment. Go digital, go green!
    While some people may cling to what they are used to and might still prefer CD’s I still think that eventually the market will leave the consumer with no other option than to go digital. At least we will still have the flea markets to go on Sundays. Happy CD hunting!

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  4. Nichole Ramos EstremeraSeptember 5, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Definitively no, first of all, we need to understand that music is not just a repetitive sound, music is art, music is the essence of culture, and music has its own language. Personally, I started buying vinyl because I liked the idea of having a collection of something, and if there is something worth collecting it's definitely music. A music collection on a computer doesn't mean much. There are many reasons why someone would like to buy hard copies, nothing can replace how a Cd feels in a hand, maybe I'm an old soul but you can’t replace that going digital. It is easy to have all your music on your phone instead of having hundreds even thousands of copies on the back of your car, but I'm pretty sure that hard copies are not going to disappear mostly now, this generation is having sub-cultures who love hard copies. There are people out there who likes to support local music stores and bands. That's why I'm more than sure that technology will never replace hard copies.

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  5. I believe physical form is essential to the art. It adds more weight to the product by giving you more than a few beats with words in it. People have stopped buying music in a physical form a long time ago, but there are its faithful fans that keep the other half of what a CD and its album artwork are. I do think that’ll happen in a future, where downloads will replace physical forms in any sorts. The difference is that there are no extras when you buy a digital album or movie. As a college student, where money is only an illusion, I rely more on digital downloads. It’s much easier to acquire an album from a computer, plus the price is less expensive. I do miss having some albums and movies on a physical form. Though it’s easier for us to acquire things digitally, it’s easier for pirating to happen. Going back to the question, I do believe physical form will expire some time. I don’t think it’ll be so soon yet. The commodity of having your downloads on your phone, laptop, even on your TV, it’s great! I believe physical form is much better than digital, but unfortunately it’s death, just like floppy discs, cassettes, and even vinyl records, which haven’t extinguished and are a great object to collect, will arrive soon! But this will not happen so soon!

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  6. In my opinion I do not think people will stop buying music in physical form because especially for music lovers like me like to have the collection of all the music I like to listen to. There’s different personalities and different likings so it all depends. It is almost like safe keeping because if you download it there will always be that possibility of it crashing or simply you can lose it due to a technical problem. Plus, it is easier to always have it on hand just to pop it in a music player especially if you’re driving in your car or at home. Everyday technology is getting better and better but there are people out there who will always prefer old school then the up to date version. Look now record players are still very popular even though we have all this good technology so it can be for CDs as well. We cannot always depend on technology, plus many artists still put out their music in CD form and that’s how they earn money for business. I personally think CD form is better for me yes, it is expensive compared to simply just downloading it. But we should also think about many people still are not up to date and don’t know how to use technology so they will still continue to buy CD’s. Not only for this country but many different countries like Japan, Germany, and France are still doing it as well as the article has mentioned. As well as it says the overall revenue has falling 0.4 % still being stable. Music is part of everyone’s daily lives, the young ones mostly prefer to use it digitally but the older ones don’t. So I think that both forms will always available for everyone. There should be options for everyone to choose from. Time will only tell what will happen, if both is used or music in physical form won’t be available anymore.

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  7. Kristell Calderón PeláezSeptember 13, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Even though the article mentioned that some countries still like to use physical format, and that free downloads´ revenues have not decreased so much, I think that soon people will stop buying CDs or downloading music for free. They will start acquiring paid-only streaming services, it is already happening in other countries, and it will soon be extended worldwide. The reason why I think this will happen is because trends change and the new generations adopt those changes, they make them part of themselves and forget old ones. Besides, on paid streaming services you can find every type of music without problem. So yes, I think people (even old ones) will stop buying music in physical form very soon and will replace it for what the new trend shows.

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  8. Kristell Calderón PeláezSeptember 25, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Even though the article mentioned that some countries still like to use physical format, and that free downloads´ revenues have not decreased so much, I think that soon people will stop buying CDs or downloading music for free. They will start acquiring paid-only streaming services, it is already happening in other countries, and it will soon be extended worldwide. The reason why I think this will happen is because trends change and the new generations adopt those changes, they make them part of themselves and forget old ones. Besides, on paid streaming services you can find every type of music without problem. So yes, I think people (even old ones) will stop buying music in physical form very soon and will replace it for what the new trend shows.

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  9. Well I think we’re seeing it with our own eyes right now. Sure there will always be hardcore music fans that want the CD but they are “hardcore” a tiny percentage of the population. I remember the times where cds were incredibly popular and everyone would want to buy the latest music cd from their favorite artists. There were times when if you didn’t have a certain cd you were “outdated” or not in touch with the rest of your friends. It has certainly changed a lot, we’ve come way far from those days. The thing is streaming is affordable and it is extremely convenient, way more than having the physical copy with you at all times. CDs are meant for extinction and only very true hardcore fans will get them.

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  10. Camille Elise Colon RipollDecember 4, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Do you think people will ever stop buying music in physical form? Why or why not?

    No, because there will still be people who like antiques. I’m not saying Having Cd’s are a bad thing, on the contraire, I still have Cd’s and even video cases. They will become antiques, just like what happened to the cars. Many still even use them. Music is art and art never really stops to exist. People have different ways to listen to music. You might find people that use record players and still prefer the Cd’s than downloading. It might be easier and less to carry but there are still people who prefer it.

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  11. Maybe, it’s definitely a possibility that with more efficient methods of recording, music will become entirely digitalized; however, preserving physical copies will probably always remain. We don’t just get rid of multimillion dollar records that are also collectibles. It may as well come down to a question of efficiency versus value. Keeping a physical copy is arguably more valuable and even safer than simply storing it on an online server or even your computer. While these may last as long as the internet is around, there’s the risk of a hacking, or a major disaster and all of a sudden all your music is gone. However, nothing really lasts forever and the same goes for physical copies of music. You could preserve them in museums and vaults, but a disc can only last so long before eventually getting ruined. That’s why you have to pass your songs somewhere else. The middle point would probably be this new invention that allows you to record a ton of material, keeps it safe, and will last for centuries. So while it’s possible that physical music may become fully digitalized, it’s just as possible that buying physical copies of our favourite signers will remain a tradition for a long, long time.

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  12. No; because at every turn of every decade there will always be a group of people who prefer the previous model of something to the current one. Whether it's to hold them claim of being a collector due to the love of the look, feel, and overall quality of the item or holding the hipster tag to "look cool" because you have something vintage no matter how far technology advances people will always hold on to the past. This concept holds true in fashion, art, design and spills over into music as well. Everything new pays homage to that which came before it whether it wants to or not. Music is something that is an important part of almost everyone's life and while technology has advanced to a point where music can become as instant as a text message or a finger swipe others will always cling on to that old school feel.

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  13. Erika Montalvo GuzmanDecember 5, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    I think a lot of people have already stopped buying music in a physical form as in CD's. There are so many advantages of buying music online, it is an ever-expanding online selection.The guarantee of your files being around, even if you never pay another cent to the store.The ability to move your files wherever you want (depending on the guidelines imposed by the store).The ability to use them on a multitude of devices (again, depending on the guidelines of the store). Like if you had a Cd and you lose it, its gone for good. If you had it on your phone like an iphone you can easily back it up all thanks to iCloud. And if your car doesn't have a Cd player (for whatever reason posible, even though thats rare) you can always plug in the auxiliary cord and listen to whatever song you want. Plus it doesn't only have to be on your phone but thats what ipods are for now days too. And if you want you don't have to buy the entire album you can just buy the song you want.

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  14. Joseadan Collado ConsuegraDecember 5, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Yea, eventually I think that music in physical form will someday be replaced completely. Right now C.D's has slowly been replaced by Mp3 files, wav files, etc. Although artist still sell C.D's, a large majority of music is digital. The digital library will continue to increase as the physical form decreases. I remember growing up and having a C.D player, I would buy C.D's so I could use my C.D player. The problem is that we are in the area of Mp3 players and Ipod's. The cost of producing a C.D is greater than just uploading the music online. The producer knows it is more coast effective if he does it this way. In terms of the question, I think people would never stop buying physical forms of music, but I think that the producers would stop producing them. Forcing the people to adapt. Just like Tapes and C.D's people stopped producing tapes and moved to C.D's. Now, its almost impossible to get a tape recording of any new music; I should say, it is impossible. In conclusion, I think people would continue to buy physical forms of music, but I think that soon they wont be able to.

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  15. Jasmine Campos LongoriaDecember 5, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Do you think people will ever stop buying music in physical form? Why or why not?
    No, I don't think people will stop. First off because as humans, we like ownership. Having a music subscription is not the same as actually owning it. It physically is not the same, it can't even be compared. Yes it might be easier to have everything digitally and it may even be really convenient at times but it's also really great to have your own things. Music isn't just anything being tossed aground in the air, it's a form of art. What more than to physically own art? There will always be people who collect. So I know for a fact that hard copies will never disappears. Antiques are jewels, their essence will definitely be kept. Personally, I like having my music is physical form, that doesn't mean I don't have it digitally. It just makes it convenient at times but nothing beats having hard copies.

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  16. music an art of sound in time that Express ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. I do not think that the Cd’s are going to stop selling we all have different preferences some like to have it in a physical form others in their electronic devices, it is true that they are not sold the same as before but there will always be a buyer for them.

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  17. i think that while time passes by, music will be something that everybody will just download it. Really why would i buy and waste money buying a cd when i can just download the music and if i want to pass it to a cd i can just copy and paste it. Anyways cds are not used anymore, everybody use their own cellphones or just use a penndrive. Nobody cares about cds i mean there are still people who like them but they are more like people from old times. people that dont want to loose those times of older things and dont want technology to progress.

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  18. Jeriel Estevez GarciaDecember 5, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    The CD/music question practically echoes the book question. People seem to think that just because you don't find a practical need for a physical CD any longer then CDs shouldn't even be an option anymore for anyone. I don't know why people can't choose whether they want to continue to buy physical CDs (or records, for that matter) or merely download albums or single songs and burn them to their own discs or keep them on a HD or mp3 player. Why does there have to be a consensus? There's no BEST OF solution to what format of music you should buy. Who cares what everyone else thinks? Just because one person considers someone's music collection obsolete (format-wise) doesn't make it so.

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  19. Cristian Carrero MedinaDecember 5, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Do you think people will ever stop buying music in physical form? Why or why not?

    I think that people will stop buying music in physical form, and not only music, movies too. I think that all media should be download-only. The reasons are that if you need something you would have it at your devices. It’s better to have all your images, music, videos, movies save at your pen drives, hard disk, and other stuff. Using this kind of technology, all our media would be save, they can’t get scratched and damaged. It’s very favorable that the majority of the media you can store it online. One of the greatest ways to do it is to save them on the cloud so you can access them from every device you have. It would be a super idea that all the media were downloaded only. Talking in a different aspect, we would have less CD’s to fabricate. That would be environmental favorable. We would reduce so many things that causes damaged to our planet. So personally I think that every person prefer to have a high quality soundtrack that doesn’t get scratched, and it always going to be in any devices that you need it.

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  20. David A. Corrales BerumenDecember 5, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    I do think that we will come to a day that people will stop buying music in a physical format. Especially since the millennials are all about technology. I think it’s going to be something that will take its time but it will come. For generations like the baby boomers and generation x, music in a physical format was all they knew and had. As time passes more baby boomer, generation use digital music. But it does not only depend on the generation but also on the culture. For some cultures it will be a faster transition and for other it will take some time. Also as time passes technology gets cheaper and more obtainable. I think digital will take over like 95%, and the other 5% will be in physical format. That 5% will mainly be for collectors. The collectors in my opinion are going to be the ones that keep the physical format alive.

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  21. Hugo C. Gregorio BustosDecember 5, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    “Don’t stream music,” critics of music streaming say. “It’s bad for artists.” This might have you worried, if you don’t want to rob your favorite band of the money they deserve. The alternative? To buy an album. Except buying an album is not necessarily the best way to make sure a singer gets your cash. It’s also not the future of music. The problem with the music industry is that it still hasn’t adapted to the internet era. It’s easy to blame fans, but we need to acknowledge the fact that the business, as a whole, is failing musicians. We can dismantle the “streaming is bad” and “buying albums is good” argument both of which are iffy at best by following the money. Let’s say you buy an album at Walmart for 12 dollars. The first to take a cut of that 12 bucks is Walmart, because the company distributed the album it costs money to stock stores, hire employees, etc. Because this varies from distributor to distributor, we’ll say that a retail store like Walmart takes 2 dollars, or a little over 15%. Most estimates say that retailers take closer to 30% we’re being generous. That leaves 10 dollars. So that goes to the artist, right? Your artist just made $10? Wrong. Most artists only receive a tiny portion of that remaining 10 dollars. The record label most likely has a deal to take a pretty high percentage of that sale before the artist ever sees a dime. In an examination of a major label contract, the Future of Music Coalition found that artists do not get 100% of the revenue from an album sale. Not even close. Traditional contracts begin at somewhere between 11% and 13% of royalty awarded to the artist. But as Future of Music reports, clauses in an artist’s contract with a label can mean that number drops even further as low as 5%.

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  22. As I read this article I think about how much the music industry has changed in the last 10 years, because there are almost no music stores where you can buy the cd's because now everything is electronic and only low music in Phones, tablets and computers. Many of our young people have never seen what music was on vinyl records or cassette as it was in the 80's. My opinion is that the best music was heard in previous years and I hope it comes back that era.

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  23. Ricardo J. Roman CastroDecember 5, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    For now, people will still buy music in physical form, even if it is easier and faster to get the music you want. Because the devices that are made for storing music cost a lot of money. But maybe in the future all the music we know the old and the new may only be found on the internet stores or free downloaded. Because the technology is growing faster and faster each day.

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