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    MP3 players vs CD players

    Obviously, especially over the past five years, CD players have gradually been going out of style. Few people don't own an MP3 player, and MP3s can be packed by the hundreds onto a $30 device that fits easily inside your pocket. With their increasing popularity, will they end up replacing CDs?

    My feeling is that CDs will gradually become the next records. They will be the vintage way of playing music, but the trends will gradually shift towards electronic copies of media. However, at least for me, nothing can beat a classic CD of a great album held right in your hands. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth-Apple View Post
    Obviously, especially over the past five years, CD players have gradually been going out of style. Few people don't own an MP3 player, and MP3s can be packed by the hundreds onto a $30 device that fits easily inside your pocket. With their increasing popularity, will they end up replacing CDs?

    My feeling is that CDs will gradually become the next records. They will be the vintage way of playing music, but the trends will gradually shift towards electronic copies of media. However, at least for me, nothing can beat a classic CD of a great album held right in your hands. Thoughts?
    Actually, MP3s still do exist but not as popular as iPod. Even a regular phone in which you can download songs is a trend today. But I'd rather choose an MP3 than a CD. I had an MP3 unit before with USB port and SD slot which is very handy, convenient, and I can store as many songs as I like.
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    I definitely do like the convenience of being able to store so many songs on one device. Shuffling through dozens of CDs is a bit of a pain.

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    I think you hit the nail on the head. When I was playing with my last band we actually targeted digital sales more than physical sales. The reason is because of the trend with iTunes, Spotify, etc we wanted to really target a specific audience. Those of us that remember Records can see the same trends happening again with CD's. Eventually something smaller comes out and everyone gravitates to it. Nowadays with more people having smartphones, it's only natural that they would want their music to play on those devices instead of having to carry a second device around with them.

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    I've heard of bands going so far as to not even release CDs at all, targeting the digital audience entirely. Honestly I still think it's a good idea for bands to release CDs, but it certainly isn't unwise for many bands to primarily target the digital audience these days. It's the way of the future, so you might as well jump on the bandwagon now rather than later.

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    HI Darth Apple ,mp3 popular in that day becaue of sound quliaty& portability. A major factor affecting the quality of the MP3 is the conversion (bit) rate, measured in kilobits per second (kbps). The higher the bit rate, the higher the sound quality. A 320 kbps MP3 would equate to a high-quality MP3.it has higher the quality the larger the file.At 128 kbps MP3 ,CD sound quality have little benefits.

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    MP3s are encoded in a format such that even if the bitrate was 1440kbps, it would still be inferior to CD quality. The format splits the sound into about 38 "frames" per second and stores a different set of frequencies for each of those frames. CDs, on the other hand, just use straight up waveform formats, preserving the original quality of all of the transients. Usually the human ear is unable to really tell the difference between the re-encoded MP3s and CDs because the transients are encoded in a form that is close enough to the original that it sounds the same. However, if you slow the playback speed and compare a .wav file and the re-encoded .mp3 file, it becomes more obvious.

    That said, most people aren't slowing their playback speeds just to hear all of the imperfectly re-encoded transients. Once you reach 192kbps, few can really notice the difference from normal CD quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth-Apple View Post
    Obviously, especially over the past five years, CD players have gradually been going out of style. Few people don't own an MP3 player, and MP3s can be packed by the hundreds onto a $30 device that fits easily inside your pocket. With their increasing popularity, will they end up replacing CDs?

    My feeling is that CDs will gradually become the next records. They will be the vintage way of playing music, but the trends will gradually shift towards electronic copies of media. However, at least for me, nothing can beat a classic CD of a great album held right in your hands. Thoughts?
    Nahh i disagree, don't see CDs every becoming vintage...they scratch easy and the quality just isn't there compared to some digital formats (not mp3)

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