I Hope This Isn't Going to Be a Trend

Discussion in 'Music' started by bookslover, Jun 27, 2019.

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  1. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Classical violinist Hilary Hahn's new album (her second for Decca Classics) is, to my dismay and annoyance, only available on vinyl and as a digital download. Unless Decca's mind can be changed (or Hahn's?), it will not be issued on CD.

    Judging by the response on Facebook, Hahn's fans (including me: I've been listening to her since her debut album in 1997) are not amused by this decision.

    Does Decca think I'm going to run out and buy a turntable just so I can listen to her new album? They'd better think again. I was quite happy when CDs replaced the LP (as we called them back in the day) and have no intention of going back. And I'm not interested in downloads, either (tinny sound, etc.).

    I assume that Decca is in business to make money. Why would they ignore what is still the mainstream format, the CD? Why ignore that particular revenue stream?

    I have all of Hahn's classical albums. But I guess I won't have this one.
  2. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    Is your complaint with digital downloads the quality? There should be no difference between a lossless digital recording and a CD (after all, a CD is digital) and the human ear and most sound equipment leaves little room to tell the difference between lossless and 320kbps MP3s (as one example of a commonly distributed format).
  3. J.L. Allen

    J.L. Allen Puritan Board Freshman

    I’m sorry, but I must say, I really enjoy the vinyl and digital download combination. The best part is loading the download on a CD! It’s so versatile.
  4. Edm

    Edm Puritan Board Freshman

    I pretty much only listen to my ipod for music. As in no cassettes or cd's. I do enjoy vinal also. If I do get a CD I put it on my ipod.
  5. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    One problem with downloads is that, unlike with a CD, you don't get the accompanying booklet with all the recording information plus the booklet essay. I like that information.
  6. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    I liked a cartoon I saw recently, in which a customer is telling a stereo equipment store employee, "What sold me on vinyl was the expense and the inconvenience." Yup - back to the bad old days (for people of my generation).
  7. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    Vinyl records are superior in sound, however, because it is actual sound that is recorded and played, as opposed to digits (unless, I suppose, it is merely a digital recording transferred to vinyl).
  8. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Maybe if you stir up a big enough fuss they will also release it on 8 track tape or real to reel. :):violin:
  9. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Which one is the hipster emoji? It would Come in handy for this post.
  10. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Ah, the nightmare that was 8-track tapes!
  11. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Well, that's what it would be: either (1) older analog recordings digitally remastered and transferred to vinyl or (2) digital recordings transferred to vinyl. Ain't nobody recording directly onto the vinyl (direct-to-disc which, by the way, was something of a fad in the 1970s), as far as I know.
  12. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    By the way, checking Decca's website: under contact information, the only way you can communicate with them is by snail mail, with mail sent to a physical address in London - no email, no fax, no phone number, nothing through the website.

    This tells me that Decca is happy to take your money but really has no interest in hearing (or reading) customer opinions or complaints.
  13. nickipicki123

    nickipicki123 Puritan Board Freshman

    I thought digital download was now the mainstream.
  14. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    I've read predictions that streaming is going to disappear in a few years. In the long run, I still think the CD is the best musical format and will win out, in the end. My prediction!
  15. Ben Chomp

    Ben Chomp Puritan Board Freshman

    CDs are no longer a mainstream format. Most people stream music from streaming services nowadays or, if they must own the files for some reason, then they will download them digitally. There is no difference in audio quality between a digital download and what you have on a CD. They are literally the same thing.

    For those who still appreciate tactile media, LPs have been making a comeback for quite some time. So I suggest you either purchase a Spotify subscription and stream the music or download it and burn it to a CD.
  16. Ben Chomp

    Ben Chomp Puritan Board Freshman

    When I can stream music to my iPhone from anywhere and without a wifi connection to a pair of bluetooth headphones, what would motivate me to return to a clunky portable CD player? Remember, streaming music doesn't "skip" like CDs do.
  17. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    I'll probably do the downloading-and burning thing. I've got about 1,000-2,000 CDs, which I'm not planning to get rid of anytime soon!
  18. TheOldCourse

    TheOldCourse Puritan Board Sophomore

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