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Also: the amazing safety feature in new table saws, Google and Intel team up with Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer, the feature no one noticed is missing from Apple Watch, and Slack finally releases a Windows version.

Streaming Earned More Than CDs For The First Time in 2014

When was the last time you actually bought a CD? For me it’s been at least 10 years, and I’m sure most of you can say the same.

But here’s the crazy thing: 2014 was the first time that streaming services, like Spotify or Rdio, generated as much revenue as CD sales. Streaming services generated $1.87 billion, while CDs still accounted for $1.85 billion according to The Verge. If you add other physical formats, like records, streaming services still lose out. Digital sales are another category altogether.

Think about that: after a decade of declining CD sales, and growth in streaming services, streaming generated less money for the music industry than physical music sales alone in 2014. Transitions like this take a long time, apparently.

We still think that Taylor Swift is wrong about Spotify Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify In the past week Taylor Swift has pulled her music from Spotify, inspired countless song-pun laden headlines and reignited the debate about streaming music services. Read More , but we’ll admit these numbers help explain her point of view. Expect artists and record companies to demand better compensation from Spotify and similar services in the next few years.

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Larry King’s Magically Convoluted Twitter System

Broadcasting legend Larry King has 2.6 million Twitter followers, but apparently doesn’t use the service the way you or I do. As a Washington Post profile points out:

When Larry King wants to tweet, he doesn’t log onto the Internet. He pops open the flip phone stored in the shirt pocket between his suspender straps and calls the number for a voicemail set up specifically for this purpose. Then he dictates a thought that will be picked up by an assistant and transcribed onto his @KingsThings Twitter account.

It’s elaborate, sure, but be thankful: without this system we’d be deprived of all sorts of insights.

I kid, of course: obviously Larry King is a great interviewer who long ago earned the right to talk about whatever he wants to on Twitter (however he sees fit to do so).

New Table Saw Saves Lives Without Self-Destructing

And now: table saws!

You might think that this isn’t a technology story, but you’re wrong. As Gizmodo reports the safety feature inside modern table saws is mind blowing. For around a decade such saws detected when the blade touched human flesh – prompting a kill switch. If you touch the blade, it retracts, a feature that has surely saved lives.

The problem: this retraction completely destroyed the saw. Yes, not losing a limb or your life is nice, but breaking your saw is pretty expensive.

Which brings us to the REAXX Portable Jobsite Table Saw, which can be quickly repaired after such an incident. This video demonstrates the new tech, and will also get you really pumped up about table saws.

I need to somehow make this music the soundtrack to my life.

Google, Intel and TAG Heuer Join Forces For Connected Watch

Swiss watchmakers’ reactions to Apple’s upcoming wearable device have been mixed. Some say it’s not a threat, and that analogue watches are too unique to be threatened by a mere gadget.

High end watch makers TAG Heuer, on the other hand, are jumping into the fray. They’re joining forces with Google and Intel to compete with Apple in the space.

The watch will apparently hit shelves later this year, meaning the high-end smart watch market is going to get crowded.

The Apple Watch Has No Browser, And No One Noticed

Speaking of watches: former Apple employee Paul Canetti pointed out something interesting yesterday: the Apple Watch doesn’t have a browser, and no one seems to have noticed.

Imagine if Apple Watch had no Messages or no Weather or no… Uber!!! People would riot. But no Safari? No problem.

It’s not likely that a web browser would be much fun to use on such a tiny screen, but this does bring up questions. Does the future of wearable technology simply not include the open web, as seen through a browser? Perhaps.

Slack Releases Windows Version

I’m not sure MakeUseOf, as you know it, would be possible without Slack – it’s how our globally scattered team communicates throughout the day. But there’s been one consistent complaint about the service: despite clients for iPhone, Android, and even Mac, Windows users are stuck in the browser.

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Not anymore: Slack released a Windows version today. The new version means anyone who uses Slack with multiple teams can do so without keeping separate tabs open, see native Windows notifications, and minimize Slack to the system tray.

Linux users are left out, as always, but there’s an unofficial Ubuntu Slack client Linux-Loving Slack Users: Here's an App For You! Linux-Loving Slack Users: Here's an App For You! Get a working Slack client for Ubuntu, complete with notifications and an independent icon. ScudCloud is the unofficial Slack client Ubuntu users have been looking for. Read More if you know where to look.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you use streaming services, or are you one of the people propping up the CD market? Is it because you forgot to cancel your Columbia House membership?

Do you think a Swiss watch can compete with Apple in the smart watch category? Have you ever been saved by a power tool’s safety feature?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

  1. Sidney
    March 24, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I'm waiting for the Activité watch to drop. I simply can't see spending the money for an LG/Samsung/Apple/Pebble style smart watch - only to upgrade in a year or two. So, yes, there is still space in the wearables market for the Swiss. They just need to execute right.

    • Justin Pot
      March 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      It'll be very interesting to watch, I'm cheering for the Swiss personally but for them to succeed they need to find a way to be platform agnostic, or avoid the need to tether with a phone altogether.

  2. rk
    March 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    My only comment here is Larry King is a great interviewer?? Really? He asked stupid questions, he asked questions unrelated to what the interviewee was saying...so he was just reading from a written script and not adapting to what was being said by the other person. Glad he is not on TV and so unfortunate that Morgan Pierce who was a great interviewer was kicked out of CNN.

  3. David Huff
    March 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I agree with another commenter above: Classical music is poorly served by digital download vendors, combined with the fact that a complex piece of such music really benefits from increased fidelity vs. the compression offered by formats like MP3. (yes, I have heard differences in some pieces of classical music with CDs or FLAC vs. even fairly high bitrate MP3s in some playback situations). I also find it hard to obtain digital files of other music I enjoy like some international folk music, occasional older recordings of various sorts, etc... Having the physical backup media provided by CDs is a plus, too.

    All this being said, I certainly do buy some music digitally. Mostly popular music that's easy to obtain and where ultimate musical fidelity isn't a burning issue.

    • Justin Pot
      March 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      It's interesting to hear where everyone's different lines are, there's a wide range. No one is mentioning vinyl, though...

    • David Huff
      March 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Heh...maybe there aren't enough hipster here ? ;)

  4. Chaim
    March 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    It's true -- I haven't bought a CD in years. And yet if I were buying music I really, really loved, I'd definitely get it on CD.
    It assures somewhat more permanence of ownership. CDs can break or get scratched, but one is likely to last longer than my hard drive! I have CDs from the 90s functioning perfectly. And I don't have to be afraid of changes to DRM suddenly changing my ability to listen to music.

    If nothing else, I think the slow transition between technologies here indicates more the quality of the CD medium than anything else.

    TLDR: New technology is good, but that doesn't make old technology useless.

    • Justin Pot
      March 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I'm really surprised by how many people are talking about DRM here, because there aren't many services left that sell protected music anymore. Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp all don't offer DRM, who's left? I can't even think of anyone. Are we all still fighting the last war?

      But I do hear your points.

  5. Cary Frumess
    March 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Those of us who are truly collectors, who search out arcane rereleases, early recordings, classical music, etc. still have a preference for the CD format. And the issue of a lossless medium for downloading is only a part of that. I'll go further -- I listen to CDs on the subway with my Sony CD Walkman ej925 through Etymotic ER4 Earphones. Great sound and I don't have to waste what little downtime I have uploading the CDs. Further, I can read the liner notes without requiring a connection to the internet. I do get funny glances from the other passengers however.

  6. Dmitry
    March 22, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Didn't bought CDs for over a year. But plan now to buy at last my favourite band's album in physical medium (despite having it in GPlay library).
    As for streaming...i had better uses for my (limited) mobile data plan than listening streamed on the go and Xbox360 i use as base of stationary media-center is ill-suited for music services available in my country anyway (unlike streaming videos).
    On other hand my father and his wife buy several cd's a year (NOT counting audiobooks) .

  7. Kevin E
    March 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I actually started buying physical CDs again recently, after years of paying for (and sometimes pirating) high quality digital music. The reason I started buying physical media again? Digital audible watermarking. Read here:

    http://www.mattmontag.com/music/universals-audible-watermark

    In fact, I first heard the watermark when listening to classical music on Spotify. It sounded as if it was being played underwater, to my ears. After some research I quickly learned that is was Universal Music Group actually applying these watermarks to all digitally-distributed music, on streaming services and pay-for-album sites like Amazon MP3 and iTunes. They don't distinguish between music you get to listen to for free streaming and music you actually buy. This infuriates me, but as UMG owns the distribution of about 1/3 of all of the world's recorded music, there's little way around it -- except if you buy physical media! My understanding is that the watermark is not applied to the digital master that is used to make physical CDs. So, if I can't intentionally pirate a known CD rip of an album under the UMG umbrella, I just buy the CD and rip it myself.

    I'm actually pretty passionate about this watermarking thing. I think it's a huge slap in the face to artists and especially recording engineers, who work tirelessly to produce recordings of the highest quality, only to have the parent company slap an awful sounding watermark over the top. I really wish more people knew about this. I've been thinking of starting a Change.org petition...

  8. Adam
    March 21, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I like to DJ so my prefered choice of medium is vinyl for it is tactile and the audio is recorded in analogue which makes a difference as soundwaves are naturally analogue. Unfortunately my lifestyle of moving from place to place and living in a crowded city like London means this is no longer an option along with CDs. I still buy a few CDs for some of the odd tracks are still not on digital - likely anything made before 2007.

  9. Keith Gatling
    March 21, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    You're right...I forgot to mention how great services like Pandora are for *discovery*. That and the fact that I can customize it to be like radio was when I was a kid...a little country, a little pop, a little big band...so I can hear new stuff across many genres, and then decide what to buy.

  10. suzybel
    March 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I too still buy CDs. We have a thrift store in town that sells used, for a buck. I find lots there but you have to check for scratches. I buy new at Walmart for cheap, usually something old that I've been hunting for. I also use iTunes since I got my iPad. The odd time I'll drag out my portable CD player and throw a CD in, just for old time's sake. The rest of the time I rip the CDs to my computer and add to my collection.

  11. Keith Gatling
    March 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I totally get people not buying CDs anymore. In 2001 I couldn't wait for something like the iPod to be invented, because my apartment was being eaten alive by 45s, vinyl albums, CDs, and mix tapes...not to mention all the stereo components and the wiring between them. I've gone from a whole wall of music, music equipment, and a cataloging system that just didn't work, to an iPod in my pocket an a set of Bluetooth speakers I can take anywhere.

    HOWEVER...what I don't get it young people's insistence on streaming over downloading and owning. I've read "1984", so I know that what Winston Smith giveth on Monday, he can just as easily deny on Tuesday. I want to *own* my music so that if the Big Music Group suddenly decides it's not in their best interests to let me have access to my favorite song anymore, I still have it sitting on my laptop, my iPod Touch, and two different backup drives.

    Do I need to have instant access to every song in the world since Thomas Edison recorded "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on tinfoil. No. I've checked, and I only play about 2000 songs out of the 11,000 I own on any kind of regular basis. That's only about 10gb on my 64gb iPod Touch. In total, I have about 3500 songs, using 21gb on my iPod.

    I also don't have a smartphone with an endless data plan. Downloading and storing is a whole lot cheaper for me than playing from the cloud and chewing through my data in the process. I'm absolutely amazed that most people don't get this.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      To me streaming services are fantastic when I'm checking out new music. I'd prefer the albums I listen to regularly be on my computer.

  12. Mike LaPlante
    March 21, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Sad that only a few commenters mentioned the sound quality difference between the highly compressed mp3 format and CDs. My opinion, mp3 format is great for reproducing seminars, speeches, etc, and is, therefore, a worthwhile format. But if I catch you playing that lifeless mess through my Klipsh horns and towers, I'll slap you silly for wasting electricity. You kids like mp3s, because you don't know what you're (literally) missing from your music. Sad.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      I grew up with cassette tapes. To me, MP3s are a substantial upgrade in the sound quality department.

    • Xmeromotu
      March 22, 2015 at 2:04 am

      Amen. If you have $50,000 worth of stereo equipment, vinyl can sound better than CDs, but it's unlikely you'll find anything recorded analog these days. CDs are the gold standard for sound quality these days, and If you can't tell the difference, well, you probably don't listen to anything worthwhile.

  13. Luv2teach
    March 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I haven't bought cd's or dvd's in years. I don't want to store them. I want less "stuff" in my life.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      That's my situation: I don't like physical objects that take up space. If I could buy a digital shovel I would, but for now the only things we can replace are CDs, DVDs and books (though I kind of like having books around).

  14. Buffet
    March 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I buy CD's all the time. Why? Because I don't sleep in my parent's basement and I have a good job, therefore I can buy what I wish and don't have to pirate my music.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      It's not the "buying" thing we're surprised about, it's the "CD" thing. And I feel like if you had a good job AND lived in your parents basement, you'd have even more money for CDs.

      Think about it.

  15. JA
    March 21, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Streaming requires Broadband. I live in a backwards country where broadband is not available if you live more than 6km from a telephone substation. So it is only CDs for me.

    • MV
      March 21, 2015 at 9:04 am

      You must be living in Australia!

    • JA
      March 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

      No, Ireland.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Well I suppose people like you explain at least part of it!

  16. Steven Meer
    March 21, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I'm always surprised when I hear people say that they can't tell the difference between lossless audio and MP3. When listening through high quality speakers/stereo amp, or headphones it is definitely noticeable to me - even if its a 320kbs MP3. Both the very low end and (especially) the very high end fall obviously short. Is it because most people don't use high-end audio equipment to listen to their music (just ear buds) nowadays? Or, have most younger people damaged their ears from listening to high-volumed sound since early childhood? Perhaps it is simply because lossless audio uses so much memory space that people have learned to favor quantity over quality.

    I'll admit that a 320kbs MP3 does not sound too bad, but if I'm spending money to buy music I want the best.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      My hearing isn't the problem, my equipment might be. I can certainly hear when something is below 320kbs MP3, but the difference between that and FLAC is negligible.

      And I've got a 2 TB hard drive – memory isn't the issue. I just don't hear that much of a difference.

    • Wyrmlaf
      March 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Many years ago when my children were younger we bought a cassette tape of an album by John Lithgow of songs he remembered from his childhood. there was one song on the tape that there is someone in background singing in a deep bass the words "Oh baby". I could also here it on CD when we got that but it disappears when ripped to MP3 format even at 320bps. so there is definite loss of signal. I haven't tried a "lossless" format yet but it would be interesting to hear if it shows up again.

  17. HeRBaN LyRiX
    March 21, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I`m still one of the folks that buy CD`s, sure they usually don`t come from a retail store as much. Now it`s mostly eBay, Amazon, used record/ CD stores or pawn shops, but I still purchase these discs that many would like to call obsolete....LoL, just in February alone I purchased 100-plus CD`s! I just couldn`t pass up on the deals, especially when many of the CD`s are now out of print & hard to find, even as downloadable mp3`s on the web. I also like to be able to take out the album`s artwork & read the linear notes, see what samples were used, who produced the songs, etc. My collection spans a good dozen or so bookshelves, sure it takes up some space but I don`t mind because I enjoy having this library of sound organized & easily accessible (when I`m home anyway). I also have about 7 3TB external HDD`s that hold plenty of tunes as well, but I find it somewhat harder to find the music I`m looking for on them compared to just grabbing a CD from one of my shelves...

    Don`t get me wrong I still download music & I also use an mp3 player when I`m cutting the grass, doing some landscaping around the home, or even when I`m exercising. It`s a little more convenient since it`s so small, doesn`t skip, holds a good number of songs & doesn`t require a gang of batteries to operate like them ol` school discman`s did....LoL, guess it`s nostalgia for me when it comes to music, that`s why I prefer CD`s. I like to be able to hold the history in my hands & be able to truly appreciate it, I`m the same way with books to though. I need to have the physical copy in my hands. There`s just something about flipping the pages & using a bookmark I guess...

  18. BNek
    March 21, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Yes people do still buy CDS, no need to be condescending. I prefer them. Easy enough to then rip and if the files get corrupted, PC dies or account gets lost.. still have a physical copy.

  19. John Williams
    March 21, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Twitter for broadcast - no need to actually touch the app - I like it!
    OK Google - let's write a twit ....

    At 1.43 in the Bosch video a bright red plastic push stick is on screen for less than a second. It is obviously supplied with the saw, but any old stick will do. If you're a fully trained professional table saw operator - which you would need to be to own that expensive saw - then not using a push stick should get you fired.
    I can see the trainees lining up to feed the saw with hamburgers to show how "safe" the saw is. Now you can Facebook and cut wood at the same time ....

    The issue I'm having with very expensive smartwatches, be they Tag or iWatch, is what happens when the electronics become obsolete. Many Swiss watchmakers sell skeleton mechanisms for jewellers and designer manufacturers to drop into their arty caseworks . Now Tag might go with this and a ten thousand dollar gold watch case could be retro-fitted with updated springworks. The jewellry remains timeless, but the technology can be updated.
    In Apple's case, they'll probably assume that anyone who can afford the gold cased option will be able to just chuck the thing in the back of the drawer when the electronics become obsolete in less than 2 years.
    If an heirloom quality watch is not repairable there is little point in making a gold case covered in diamonds. The high-end watch industry will not comprehend the computer model of "obsolete - no longer supported."
    I blame them rich Sheiks, Neckbeards and Sand-dwellers as they say on 4chan.

  20. Chris
    March 21, 2015 at 12:31 am

    For me it's a convenience factor. I'll rarely use a streaming service, but I don't like having loads of physical CD's either. Being able to fit all my music on a flash drive the size of a dime is just too good to pass up. Especially when you consider that it loads faster, breaks less, don't have to switch CD's to move between albums, etc. I do insist that all my music be DRM free though. What's mine should be mine and no one should be able to tell me how I can use something that I paid for.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:37 am

      I personally like to record music from streaming services. Perfectly legal for personal use, and you've got a DRM free copy of as much music as you want.

  21. np
    March 20, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I still buy CDs even though I also buy digital They serve as automatic backup that lasts longer than any flash or mechanical drive. I then rip the CDs and add them to my digital library.

    The only time where I'm content with digital format is through bandcamp. That's because they offer you FLAC, mp3 V0, mp3 320kbps, and aac with unlimited downloads (unless the rights holder decides otherwise). Actually beatport offers lossless in aiff format too but I haven't used them yet.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:39 am

      I've never been able to hear the quality different between MP3 and FLAC. I'm not saying there isn't one, I've just never noticed it.

    • Ducklady
      March 21, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Justin,
      I would find digital only very inconvenient to use. The only thing I have to play something like that on is my laptop. I'm not about to go buy something else to keep track of when I have a CD player in my laptop and a CD player as part of a turntable set up.

      There's the quality issue, also. I like to read liner notes, not available on digital music. I like albums and like to play them in the order the artist intended. I believe an artist has something to say in the way s/he positions things on an album. Also, I like to spend time with an artist, don't like hopping from one to another song by song.

      I like *looking* at my CD's. I doubt I'd even remember what I have if it was stashed away somewhere on my hard drive.

      I'm moving overseas in a couple of weeks. I'm taking my CDs and my vinyl records. I still don't have any digital music. I had a Trans Siberian Railroad album once that I downloaded. Unlike any of me CDs or record albums, it disappeared into the ether somehow. I have no idea where it went. I may buy it in CD version so I can keep it.

      Those are all the reasons I still buy CDs and want a CD/DVD player on my laptop and in my home.

      Yes, different strokes for all of us.

  22. Godel
    March 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I don't buy music now, but dvous's comments on quality apply.

    Another thing is that you never actually own the music you "buy" online, you have a limited license to use it. You can't sell it, give it away or pass it to your beneficiaries.

    In some cases people spend tens of thousands of dollars on online music (and films) and don't actually own any of it.

  23. dvous
    March 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    CDs still make sense to people who are serious about music quality. Most downloads simply do not have the same quality of a CD. Very few, if any, sources provide digital downloads with the same sonic quality of CD.

    Most online digital online music sales sites, which include the populars eg iTunes, utilise lossy compression that cannot compare to CD when listened to critically in an A/B comparison. If you don't believe what I'm stating is true, do a little research into audio compression and digital music.

    That said, I will rip a new CD to MP3 format for use in my car (iPod via car radio), computer or smartphone, because these are going to be used where true audio quality is going to be compromised by extraneous noise and impractibility.

    But I still have the high quality backup in reserve for those times when the digital device dies and takes the music files with it...

  24. Stevie Mac
    March 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I only buy digital music when there isn't a choice... Otherwise I want the physical disc.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:39 am

      What do you do with the disks? I've got a box of CDs somewhere gathering dust, but I only ever listen to the MP3s I ripped back in 2003...

  25. JC Espinosa
    March 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Personally, I mostly buy CDs when it's harder to get the download(Think of smaller bands that only place their music on Soundcloud and services like that, but don't add a download button or some Japanese music that was only released in a soundtrack of an anime that wasn't fully hyped).

    On the other hand, are you sure the chart's about CDs? Sure, the tweet mentions CDs, but the chart itself clearly states "Digital downloads". Aren't those just albums overall?

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:36 am

      The chart refers to digital downloads, not streaming services, sorry about the confusion.

  26. ianpps
    March 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I download a CD occasionally when it is much cheaper than the actual disc or when the disc is no longer available. Otherwise I always buy the CD, and often second-hand from Amazon. I like to have the real physical thing to own, not just intangible data. And I never use the cloud to store music. It stays on my computers and my backup media. Clearly I'm old-fashioned, but I'm also old(er).

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Buying the CD when it's cheaper totally makes sense to me, especially since you can rip it to your computer easily enough if you want to.

  27. Ducklady
    March 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I buy CDs, have never bought a downloaded piece of music. When I buy something I want to own it, hold it, use it on whatever playback device I have where ever I am. I do not want to have to fuss with uploading it to another device. I am not interested in paying for something as ephemeral as a piece of code.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:30 am

      I'd totally understand this argument if we were talking about books, because I don't need a device to read a paper book. But a CD? It's a much less portable format, and is ultimately just a piece of code stamped onto a plastic disk. It's a little more tangible than an MP3 download, sure, but to me it just takes up space. I love my book shelf, though.

      We all have lines in different places, I suppose.

  28. Marian
    March 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I still buy CDs. I don't have a smart phone, nor is my computer the center of my life. I like streaming services for discovery and background, but if I'm really listening, for me it's easier to just put on the CD than to login in to a streaming (or digital storage) program. And I'm not a luddite - I teach technology at our local library.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:27 am

      This is so interesting to me, and the rest of the comments suggest to me that you're not alone. I feel like I live in a bubble, and I probably do.

  29. Leah
    March 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I still buy CDs. I do purchase a lot more digital music now but every now and then I buy a CD (plus my mom still gives them to me as gifts).

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:25 am

      Where do you buy CDs? I find a lot of the stores that used to sell them are closed now.

    • Leah
      March 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Major retailers like Best Buy and Walmart still carry them, but I buy them online at Amazon. Digital makes more sense but there are a small number that I'd rather have CD.

  30. likefunbutnot
    March 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I bought a CD last week, actually. It's a Tallis Scholars recording of the music of Arvo Pärt. As far as I know, it's not available for streaming or purchase as a digital delivery. I bought it the day it was released in the USA.

    I actually go out of my way to purchase SACDs and other high quality formats rather than low bit-rate downloads if possible. Streaming classical music is generally handled so poorly or is sufficiently expensive that it's not really a viable option.

  31. Justin Pot
    March 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I knew I forgot something! For Monday I'll find the best "And finally..." ever.

    Ever.

  32. Scutterman
    March 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Physical music has been way over-priced for a very long time, considering how much it actually costs to manufacture and how little the artist actually gets out of it. I'm not surprised that dirt-cheap streaming services haven't caught up yet.

    No "And finally..." today? I'm disappointed! :P

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