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graham_t The Future of Optical Drives and CDs (21) RE: The Future of Optical Drives and CDs 06 Nov 18

Dave Ro's reply highlights the fact that downloads, which count for a sizeable fraction (I don't know the numbers) of the way people listen to music now is not really aimed at being listened to in a hifi way. I presume that many people listen mainly through headphones plugged into iphones, laptops etc. It is now extremely easy to listen to music whilst say, working at the computer or doing some other tasks ( I do this frequently myself ). This means that music becomes a background and you end up not really listening to it properly. In the days of vinyl or to a lesser extent cd you had to make an effort to listen to music and were probably more likely to really listen to it. I admit to playing newly acquired music on, say, the computer, with the intention of really sitting down and listening to it properly "soon" but realising some weeks later that I hadn't actually got around to doing so.
I don't know the figures, but my impression is that it is much, much cheaper to listen to downloads even if you pay rather that use eg Spotify than it was in the days of vinyl. This could have 2 effects, I guess; if I bought a vinyl record and was initially not impressed, because it was relatively expensive I tended to stick with it and listen over a few times and see if I could find something in it. Over the years I've often found that music I've not immediately taken to has eventually become a long lasting favourite. On the other hand I'm more likely to take a gamble on stuff I'm not sure of now that it's cheaper. I'm not sure where all this leads!

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