Is the Record Album Dead? Not by a Long Shot.

Written by Charles Essmeier

In 1982, Sony and Philips introducedrepparttar compact disc, a digital music playback format that used a laser to readrepparttar 139933 disc. The compact disc was expected to quickly replacerepparttar 139934 long play record album (LP) that Columbia had introduced in 1949. The product took off quickly, even at a retail price that was nearly double that of a record album, and sales of record albums plummeted. The CD, as compact discs quickly became known, offered what audio magazines called “perfect sound forever” while offering immunity torepparttar 139935 effects ofrepparttar 139936 wear and tear that often left records noisy. The record companies reducedrepparttar 139937 price of manufacture through improved production methods, andrepparttar 139938 cost of manufacturing a CD soon fell below that of manufacturing a record. Even so, compact discs continued to sell well atrepparttar 139939 higher price, makingrepparttar 139940 CD quite a profitable product, indeed.

In order to maximize their profits,repparttar 139941 record companies decided to phase outrepparttar 139942 phonograph record. They told their retailers that they would no longer accept returns on defective albums. This caused many retailers to stop stocking records altogether, andrepparttar 139943 record album had more or less disappeared fromrepparttar 139944 market by 1990. And then something strange happened. The record began to make a comeback. Sparked by a few artists that demanded that



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