Mark Waldrep the founder of iTrax, the high definition audio and video download site, has written an article called Compact Discs - R.I.P. The article briefly discuses music formats over time and says that high definition downloads WILL replace compact discs. For some of us this is stating the obvious, for others this may be a painful prediction.
Compact Discs - R.I.P.
by Mark Waldrep
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the compact disc. The 12 cm disc that Sony and Phillips introduced way back in 1982 has been an amazing success and continues to be the carrier for most commercially released music to present day. Hundreds of billions of CDs have been replicated and distributed throughout the world. Initially, they carried only 2-channel audio encoded with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and words of 16-bits [the original “Red Book” specification called for 14 bits!] but as time went on other uses were found for the small shiny discs. For example, CD-ROMs were introduced in the late 1980s as a distribution method for computer software such as games and font libraries. Later, CD-Rs, VCDs, CD-I and ECDs were added to the compact disc family. It seems the venerable CD is invincible and has the power to last forever…well, maybe not. Full Article at iTrax.com