October 30, 2007
Is the CD to digital music what the fax was to digital documents?

Speculation on Wired about vinyl records' resilience in the market place contrasted with the CDs complete equivalence with digital downloads. Vinyl is analog and offers completely different qualities unlikely to be caught in digitization. CDs are just imperfect digital music. The imperfection being the CDs lack of physical abstraction. The CD could end as the same kind of technological blind alley that the Fax was. Digital in principle but not in the way we want, ultimately.
Vinyl offers a physicality CDs don't. Apart from the qualities of the sound, there's the record handling ritual, much more like performance than skipping to the next track on your 10 CD changer.

Posted by Claus at October 30, 2007 01:37 AM | TrackBack (0)
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