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Old 30th January 2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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Default co-inventor shuns the CD

Not DIY related (except for the market share they didn't have), but I heard this audio news early today-
Philips sells its entertainment business
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Old 30th January 2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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Sad news, but not surprising. Nothing lasts for ever. Philips have been aiming to move more into health-related items for some years. Their audio/video has been the usual Chinese-built stuff for some time, so in my experience best avoided.
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Perspicacious. Physical media is dying rapidly- 5 years from now, CD/DVD and CD/DVD players will be as niche as LPs, maybe even more so. I can't remember the last time I actually took a CD out of a case and played it.
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I hope that CD doesn't die in lieu of MP3 because MP3 is just awful when played on Hi-End equipment. If something comes along that betters CD then we can sleep easy.

I know we have SACD and I know some people prefer LP.
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Hi res or uncompressed (in a data sense) downloads will doubtless be available, but I'll bet that 95+% of sales will be MP3 or some other compact format and that not every release will have hi res or uncompressed options.

Always remember that quality audio is a niche, not mainstream, and for the vast majority of people, the differences between compressed and uncompressed formats are negligible and unimportant- but they DO know that they can get thousands of MP3 songs onto their iPads.
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