x

You’ve reached your limit of free articles for this month.
Get unlimited access to The National Herald,
starting as low as $7.99/month for digital subscription & $5.99/month for a delivery by mail subscription

Columnists

How Compact Discs Have Disappeared

Music does not only evolve through genres depending on each decade, but also through the technologies which are used to supply it. From the introduction of the phonograph by Thomas Edison in 1877, when music was first captured and then reproduced, to Spotify taking over the industry with its online streaming services in 2006, technology has impacted musicians and listeners alike.

The gap between these two time periods was filled with broadcast radio and later vinyl and cassettes, which generated love and nostalgia among listeners and collectors. The biggest transformation, occurred after the introduction of CDs in the early 1980s, but by the late 1990s, mp3’s and gadgets such as iPods slowly began gaining attention of consumers through the idea of downloading. That is when the CDs’ popularity began to diminish. Music streaming services have devalued the worth of CDs, leading to a termination of the production of physical copies through the invention of a more flexible technology which allows consumers to create their own playlists, thus having control over what they listen to.

If CDs had a decade of dominance and fame, the decade would be the 1990’s, the golden era before downloading began becoming a trend. The first CD, however, was launched and developed in 1982 through a collaboration between Sony and Philips.

In the 90s, artists such as Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and Billy Joel were some of the musicians who sold millions of albums, setting records which still have not been broken.

A major reason for the disappearance of CDs is their inefficiency. People tend to look for easy, safe, and accessible options when it comes to buying, and the fact that CDs were easily damaged and had to be taken good care of in order for them to work ‘turned off’ consumers who are always ready to ‘turn on’ the latest devices.

The shift from physical album copies to online music streaming services has fundamentally altered the structure of the industry as well as the way music is distributed and interpreted.

Online streaming services have provided a new means of music consumption, ‘killing’ the CD industry. Even though CDs will always be a significant part of the history of the music industry, doors are constantly opening to new technologies which are better adapted to today’s digital era.

RELATED

Leading the way among widely respected left-leaning publications, the New York Times and the Atlantic have sounded the alarm – albeit with the volume not at full blast – that Joe Biden is too old to run again in 2024.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Mission…to Alonnisos, a TNH Documentary

O oceanic you sing and sail White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors You who loved the distant Sporades You who lifted the tallest flags You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades (Andreas Empeirikos)   What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams? TNH and our video show ‘Mission’ marked the change of the season by transporting viewers into the heart of summer.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.