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In Reply to: RE: Vinyl is analog...it will stay......CDs are Digital, so are Hard Drives.....The CD is Dead!.......nt posted by tmsorosk on June 21, 2012 at 15:53:03
Now Hard Drives are Cheap...... Solid State Drives are next up. Digital is Digital. What medium you store them on is for Speed, Economy and Convenience.
I have sold all my CD players while they were worth something.
> > The only reason CDs were invented is that Hard Drives were too Expensive........
The "ONLY" reason? Ummm, not quite.
First, the CD was invented in the 1970s and released to the public in 1982. The IBM XT with a 10 MB hard drive didn't come out until 1983 (we bought one that year where I worked at the time.) Hard drive space was far too precious and storage size way too limited to use for music. Note that it would be another 10 years before the MP3 compression codec became available.
Second, hard drive or not, one still needs a way to distribute music to the public. When the CD was released in 1982, dial-up modems with a transfer rate of 1200 baud were the hot rods of the day (many home users still used 300 baud) and your on-line time was charged by the minute.
Downloading an uncompressed music file (no MP3 yet and the zip file didn't exist either at that point) would have been an impossible task with no place to store it if you could get it.
In short, the music CD was a pretty miraculous invention in its day and there simply was no other digital alternative.
So, no need to nit pick.
....All of the reasons you gave were for Cost Savings. Hard Drive space to precious (Read...Expensive)...No way to distribute to the Public (Yes there was, but it was expensive)..
"In short, the music CD was a pretty miraculous invention in its day and there simply was no other digital alternative." (Because of the EXPENSE!)
Hence the CD...
It is always interesting when people get an urge to defend their original post as if it was a complete analysis of a situation.
Your phrase "cost savings" implies there was something an ordinary consumer could have bought in 1982 if it hadn't been so pricey -- kind of like a lot more people would be driving a 2012 BMW 525i if they sold for $20,000 instead of $50,000.
Forget the price -- that was irrelevant. When the CD was introduced in 1982, there was no hard drive alternative available to consumers that had any practical use for music storage. Pretending that the only drawback of a 10 MB drive for music storage was the price tag is silly. Pretending there were consumer HD options available with gigabytes of storage is equally silly, as is suggesting the ordinary consumer any other options for receiving, storing and playing 700 MB of digital music data 30 years ago.
Not only are hard drives cheaper but if you have a decent computer and DAC, you have free digital storage. Storage is likely a good thing to call it for me, I put hundreds of disc's on my I-Mac a couple of years ago and connected it to my main system DAC and haven't listened to music that way more than a few times.
Whats that old saying, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, particularly if that old dog is a stubborn old audio fool like myself. Maybe my ii year old daughter is right when she saids, " come on dad get out of your rut ".
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