They released that André Cymone album a few years ago, and he wasn´t exactly a huge superstar as a solo artist . Don´t get me wrong, I like his work and I think he produced and wrote many great songs in his career but still....he wasn´t that big, and yet his albums were re-released.
But yeah, that was years ago.....I don´t know if there´s still a market for CDs.
Kind of sad actually. I don´t understand why people wouldn´t want a proper physical album instead of a stream or download.
Oh, that I can explain to you, my friend:
- The music is the same and what we are interested is the music.
- We can easily carry our whole music collection everywhere in the world with us when travelling or moving to a new place, since it's either online or that thousands of records can be stored in a tiny portable drive.
- Easy to use on a mobile phone and in the car. Again if stream it's unlimited access and if downloads, you can still carry a few hundred records with you at all times.
- Sound quality can be the same and even when it's not, most of us don't listen to music with high-tech expensive gear so we won't hear the difference.
- Credits can be found online if needs be.
- It's much cheaper (not to say free when downloaded illegally).
- It's unlimited (pretty much everything can be found, streamed or downloaded at any given time).
- It's easy to share with friends (you just share a link or copy a few files on a pen drive).
- The social marker is still there because even though people won't see shelves of records immediately when they step to your home, they will soon see the incredible amount of music on your PC when they visit and you play something, and you will soon anyway have a reputation of being someone with an amazing digital music collection. And if you dont download people will still see your carefully crafted playlists online, and you will come as a person of taste.
I'm 41 so not exactly so young anymore, I used to have hundreds of CD's and cassettes, yet now I totally fail to see the point in having physical albums. Just imagine how a kid who grew up in the digital age must feel about it, particularly since people are less and less sedentary. The reason I favor downloads to streaming is because I don't wanna depend on an internet connection and I'm still a collector at heart so I like having and managing my digital library the way I used to organize my physical library. Besides, there are things I listen to that aren't on streaming services. But I have friends who live in countries with stable internet and who don't care for collecting things, and for them Spotify and Dezzer offer a perfect system.
Plausible arguments but the thing is, all those things you listed above can easily be done when you just rip a CD and use the mp3 and just keep the CD for safety reasons. I mean, when I spend money on an album I want something physical in my hands, a booklet, liner notes, a CD I can rip again in case my mp3 player or computer breaks down, etc. etc.
In my opinion mp3s killed the whole concept of an album, and music has lost its worth.
I blame the record companies to some extent because most CDs are still overpriced. And streams and mp3s are even more overpriced. It´s no wonder that people download music illegally.