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cbc / Saturday December 30, 2017
Not dead yet: Record executives fight for compact disc's future
Adrian Doran knows he's clinging to what many consider an obsolete music format, but for him there's still plenty to love about compact discs. Not long ago he made browsing the CD aisles of HMV Canada part of his shopping routine, but when the retailer went bust last spring he was confronted with the possibility of migrating to a streaming music service. He chose to start picking up CDs at his local independent record store instead. "I just bought into them big time," the 52-year-old Toronto resident said of his appreciation for CDs. - Streaming's shortcomings - Whether it's the inferior sound quality or the inaccessibility of rarities, Doran finds streaming music services don't stand up to his extensive CD collection. He tried Spotify but couldn't see past its shortcomings, particularly the missing albums in artists' back catalogues that were substituted by "greatest hits" packages. "There's huge holes," he said of the selection. "It really surprised me." Despite becoming what some dubbed "the year of streaming," 2017 proved those shiny little discs still have some life left in them. It isn't necessarily because of strong consumer demand from holdouts like Doran. It's because the music industry is trying to stave off the demise of its golden goose any way it can...Read more