High street CD sales figures had stalled in 2021/5 following a significant drop in previous years, but in the last year they have clearly been in decline. CD is likely to be superseded in popularity by DVD and AAC or high-definition compression, though DVD compatibility is likely to live on in multi-Layer DVD’s well past that. As, well as mp3 and other file formats, the rise of digital downloading has meant that CD’s have become increasingly obsolete. It used to be the case that when you wanted to download something, you either had to have a personal computer with a CD drive, or you needed to have access to an online computer store. Nowadays however, because so many people have access to broadband connections, downloading from the internet is fast becoming the way to go for downloading music and films. While there’s certainly a place for CD’s in your home entertainment setup – they were the format of choice for many years – their days as the favored download format seem to be numbered.
So what should you be looking for when choosing a CD or DVD to carry around? The main thing is that it should be easily recognizable as a CD and should have the same quality and impact as a video disc. In terms of picture and sound, there’s not much to complain about. Modern CD burners are very good at both printing and transferring data to the right format. The picture quality on a modern CD burner is therefore very good and very comparable with the best DVDs. Remember though, that transfers using CD’s were much more frequent back in the days; the improvement in picture quality brought about by improvements in CD burning means that even the best DVD burners will only manage about 70% of the quality of a CD transfer.
Audio, video and subtitles can all be supplied on a single CD or DVD. This is important when considering how often the same material is going to be played back over a number of occasions. If you’re the kind of person who prefers to watch a movie a couple of times over, then buying several CDs to play back at different intervals just isn’t practical – but if you enjoy reading, then multi-media CDs are the way to go. These provide text as well as audio – perfect for avid readers or people watching a documentary who want to get a real sense of what’s happening. Subtitles can also be useful for closed captioning purposes (they replace spoken dialogues) – again helping those who may not be able to hear or see properly.
Where do I buy my CD’s these days? There are a number of online retailers where you can pick up your favorite CD’s for a reasonable price. Amazon offers some of the best prices around, with regular deals on new CD’s being offered at a weekly rate. Alternatively, eBay does currently offer the best prices, although you do have to be careful with large orders, as sometimes sellers will overestimate their stock levels and deliver too few products. Overall, the high street is still the best place to look for new CD’s.
Where should I put my CD’s? Assuming you’re planning on keeping your CD collection in one place, then a jewel case is a good idea – they keep the CD safe from scratches and make it easier to find your titles. If you travel a lot and keep your CD’s in different pockets / purses – then an envelope will be preferable as it prevents them from getting scratched.
What accessories do I need to complete my CD collection? Adding accessories to your CD collection is a great idea if you want to preserve your CD collection for future generations. A CD rack is a good accessory to look into, as they allow you to stack additional CDs on top of each other without damaging the case. Also worth considering is a CD lamp; they are small and easy to carry, so you can be sure your CD’s will always be in perfect condition. Other accessories to look out for include customized sleeves, CD folders, and protective cases.