Is the CD about to go the way of 8-track tapes and disappear from music store shelves? That's the word from music magazine Side Line. Its story, citing unnamed sources, says major music labels plan to eliminate music CDs by the end of 2012. CDs would be replaced by downloads from iTunes and other music services. Only limited edition CDs would remain, and they would be sold primarily through Amazon. "3 weeks ago we heard it for the first time and since then we have tried getting some feedback from EMI, Universal and Sony. All declined to comment," the story says. Some readers seem pretty skeptical, but it's not completely unrealistic. As the story points out, CDs cost money to make, store, and recycle (when they go unsold). It must be tempting for music companies to believe they can eliminate all those costs. According to Wikipedia, the first album to be released on CD was Billy Joel's 52nd Street, which was sold beginning Oct. 1, 1982, in Japan. CDs and CD players were released in the United States in eary 1983.
Will the CD music format die next year?
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