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Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?

GUEST,Colonel Fraser 18 Nov 23 - 03:30 AM
GUEST,matt milton 19 Nov 23 - 05:34 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 19 Nov 23 - 06:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Nov 23 - 07:40 PM
Sandra in Sydney 18 Nov 23 - 11:16 PM
Steve Gardham 18 Nov 23 - 04:40 PM
cnd 18 Nov 23 - 04:25 PM
Daniel Kelly 18 Nov 23 - 02:47 AM
Robert B. Waltz 18 Nov 23 - 07:08 PM
BobL 21 Nov 23 - 04:15 AM
Cool Beans 21 Nov 23 - 09:53 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 21 Nov 23 - 07:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: GUEST,Colonel Fraser
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 03:30 AM

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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 19 Nov 23 - 05:34 PM

Folk audiences are among the very last who still buy CDs. Always worth pressing some up if you're playing some headline gigs.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 19 Nov 23 - 06:10 PM

CD has become obscure ... a little like "buggy whips" and "horse harness".

I exchange Blues CD during Christmas ... all bootleg.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Napster began the demise, Nero Burning ROM accelerated the conflagration, MP3 more so.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 07:40 PM

I still play CDs (because I have so many that would be expensive to replace somewhere streaming) and buy them occasionally.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 11:16 PM

last year a performer thanked me by giving me a download card. So I downloaded, listened once & forgot it (oops) I also never play the other stuff I've put into my iTunes library in the past, even tho several of the not very large number are rarities.

Between lockdowns I ruthlessly got rid of ~500 CDs I was not playing, I only kept 2 shelves. 250 Oz CDs went to a community radio station, others to charity shops & friends, others have become lucky door prizes at my folk club. I only kept those I loved & play. I very occasionally buy new ones, & sometimes pick up unwanted CDs.

I like to own stuff & would never join a streaming service, besides my phone is a sensible phone & not connected to the net!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 04:40 PM

I buy CDs from time to time, and my group Spare Hands are about to go back into the studio to record another 2 albums. They sell well enough for us at gigs and in local shops, and on our website. We had a great outlet at a local museum but it's closed for refurbishment at the moment. The big BUT is we're not trying to make a living out of it. I'm not into Spotify and other streaming services.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: cnd
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 04:25 PM

I still buy real CDs as much as possible. I find I'm much more likely to listen to it again vs digital releases, which I tend to forget about.


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Subject: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: Daniel Kelly
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 02:47 AM

I had the honor of performing at a Filk (the folk of science fiction and fantasy fans) festival in Ohio last month.

As a folkie and singer/songwriter I have never felt comfortable investing the AUS $500+ required for a smallish run of CD albums. I did it once for my Cicely Fox Smith album and still have more than half of them in a box.

Someone put me on to Kunaki and I sold 35 hardcopy albums at the festival, for a reasonably smallish production and shipping cost.

Note that these are not 'fancy', just jewel case, black CD holder and printing for cover/back and tray liner.
However, compared to a AUS $8-9 production cost for local options, these are AUS $3 plus shipping.

So the question for this community is, who still makes hardcopy albums and who still sells/buys them?

The good thing about Kunaki is that it can also provide a public facing sales facility.

The albums I have used them for are available here.

The other thing that killed physical albums for me in 2021/2022 was a $25-30 shipping fee to the UK/AUS. Kunaki gets around this by shipping straight from their factory.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: Robert B. Waltz
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 07:08 PM

I know people who still have CDs made of their recordings because (1) a lot of us don't subscribe to music services :-p, and (2) it's a lot harder to sell a physical object at a gig than to say, well, go to this web site, give them your credit card, and then you'll be able to listen. :-)

At folk music gigs in this part of the world, the audiences are OLD. They want something to hold on to. Probably, in another twenty or thirty years, that will have changed -- if there are still any folk music gigs to attend.

Count me among those who still prefer a real CD. Of course, I lived on limited bandwidth for a long time, and still have limited data on my cell phone's data plan.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: BobL
Date: 21 Nov 23 - 04:15 AM

Possibly a little off topic, but I still have occasion to burn CDs.
The P.A. system in our parish church is decades old but perfectly functional: for recorded music at weddings or funerals we've found it handy to burn the required selection, in the right order, onto a single CD. That way any mistakes can be made and fixed in advance so there's less to go wrong on the day.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: Cool Beans
Date: 21 Nov 23 - 09:53 AM

I buy CDs and I sell mine. I've never made a profit on my CDs but I'm glad I made them and have them. My latest CD may actually break even.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 21 Nov 23 - 07:51 PM

BOB L.

For a friend's funeral, the requested song was, "I Dreamed I Walked the Streets of Heaven."

I gave them eight different versions burned to CD and they selected one.

Today, it would be a "flash-drive."

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

tech is changing so fast ... my dsl camera is almost obsolete.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
From: Hesk
Date: 26 Nov 23 - 05:40 PM

There are many HiFi CD players on the UK market, and I have just bought a What HiFi recommended one myself, Then again I have a fairly new HiFi standard tape player, and, also a turntable. These are all used. principally, for playing folk. I was recently persuaded to get a set of wireless headphones, but have found the free version of Spotify irritating, with its endless adverts and forced selection choices.


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