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Do People Still Buy CDs? YouGov Figured it Was Worth Finding Out

These days any mention of CDs online ends with some snarky mid-30s dude making a comment that goes something like "hur hur, what's a CD?", because digital downloads and streaming has caused people to somehow forget about decades of abundantly available physical media. Those people may be shocked to find that music is still available on compact disc, as a trip to any HMV will tell them. But the question is, with the prominence of digital consumption, and the rising popularity of vinyl, do CDs still have a place in modern life? YouGov decided it was going to find out. Read More >>

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CDs Are Starting To Rot

It has been almost 35 years since Polygram, Sony and Philips executives gathered at a German factory to get their hands on the first Compact Disc. Read More >>

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CDs Are Starting To Rot

It has been almost 35 years since Polygram, Sony and Philips executives gathered at a German factory to get their hands on the first Compact Disc. Read More >>

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How to Add Your Old CDs to Spotify

If you jumped on the music-streaming bandwagon, there’s a good chance you’ve been left with a shelf full of CDs gathering dust. Lucky for you, there are a couple of apps that make adding your old albums to Spotify super easy—so you can finally throw out all of that physical media for good. Here’s how to do it. Read More >>

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Watch a CD Get Completely Erased With Bolts of Electricity

Here’s a really good reason to start using CDs again: so you can erase them with electricity. Watch the data on the CD just totally vanish as the electric bolts just zaps everything into oblivion. Photonicinduction played around with it and shows us what it all looks like in the video below. Read More >>

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CD-Ripping Deemed Legal Now Everyone’s Binned Their Collections

The government's Intellectual Property Office has updated its guidelines on copyright rules, including, for the first time, a specific allowance that says making MP3 copies of CDs for your own personal use is not a crime. Read More >>

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How Long Will CDs Actually Last?

Once upon a time, CDs were a shiny new technology with a promise of lasting (nearly) forever. In those halcyon days of the 1990s, museums and symphonies began transferring their archives to CDs — a decision that in retrospect may not have been so wise. The catch is that some CDs are durable and others are not; we just had no way of knowing back then. Read More >>

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The Government Has Seen the Light; Ripping CDs and DVDs is Being Legalised

As it turns out, it is still illegal to rip CDs and DVDs, even if you have no intention of distributing them. Fortunately our government is doing something sensible (you could argue, for a change) and from July backing up physical media will no longer be a crime -- as long as it's for your own personal use. Read More >>

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With HMV Re-Opened, Can You Teach An Old Music-Loving Dog New Tricks?

The first record I ever bought was from HMV. It was Weezer’s Green Album, and while I can’t pretend it was the moment that my obsession with music kicked off (I’ll put that down to the literal wall of CDs that acted as structural support for my older brothers’ bedroom), it is a moment that I remember incredibly vividly. And, for the record, its was a great album too. Read More >>

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What Is High-Resolution Audio?

This week, Sony unleashed a battery of expensive audio gear that claims to support "high-resolution audio" which, like "ultra high-definition" in the video world, sounds pretty snazzy. But what does high-resolution audio mean? And will HRA really make the music sound better? Read More >>

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Here’s How to Completely Skirt Amazon’s New Delivery Charges

Amazon's decided that free delivery for anything under £10 has to go, apart from media like CDs, Blu-rays and games. What does that mean? Well, your random purchases have suddenly just gotten a whole lot more expensive. Unless, that is, you follow this handy tip. Read More >>

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Revisit Your Old CDs With Amazon’s AutoRip, Now Live in the UK

Amazon's AutoRip service is now live here, with the retail monster automatically giving buyers digital copies of any physical music they buy -- and backdating it to 1999. If nothing else, it's a good way to see what old CDs you bought 14 years ago. Read More >>

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Amazon to Provide CD Buyers With Cloud-Based MP3s For Free (Confirmed)

CNET is reporting that Amazon is planning to launch a reward scheme for CD buyers. When they purchase music in its physical form, they'll also receive a digital copy, which they'll be able to listen to via Amazon's cloud music service. Read More >>

storage
Will We Finally See a 1 TB Optical Disc in 2015?

Compared to a C-ROM's meager 700 MB storage space, and a DVD's 5-ish GB, a Blu-Ray's 25 GB is pretty impressive. All of those are nothing compaired to a whole Terabyte though, and that's what FujiFilm is planning to pack on an optical disc arriving in 2015. Read More >>