Looking to buy a reasonably priced CD changer or carousel and see they're only making a few high end models. What happened? They're more extinct than turntables. The demand can't be that low..
There were some CD players available on AliExpress (basically a huge Chinese marketplace) that could plug into a car's USB port where you would normally use a memory stick, and those reportedly work OK, despite the janky brand names they use. Forget a warranty though.The new vehicles don't even have an OPTION for a CD player anymore. I saw a chart just the other day via Billboard that said physical media (including LP) was only responsible for 17% of the music industry's income; an even smaller amount, around 5%, was purchased downloads. Most of the rest was streaming.
Not to mention, but we’ve also seen Sony phasing CD’s out of different products, such as the PlayStation 4 & 5, even though both have a laser that’s can work with CD’s (there’s just no licensed software).CDs don't sell much anymore. Many used record stores won't even take them in since they sit on the shelves unsold (like the large used record store I live near--they no longer stock them). CDs have even gone missing from some major retailers--Target and Best Buy stopped selling them in 2018, for instance. And without the mass market driving sales, there's hardly any demand today. You can buy large lots of CDs on eBay for pennies on the dollar now--it's not hard to find a lot of 100 CDs for under $20, shipped. New CD sales have dropped 95% since 2000. Downloads have replaced the purchasing of CDs for most buyers, and the rest of the decline is due to streaming. So the writing has been on the wall for some time now.
Vinyl on the other hand has had a big resurgence, and is still growing year after year. Some of the buyers are coming from streaming or downloads--they want a physical product to hold, in a large format that is easy to read with larger artwork to appreciate.
I do wish someone out there still could offer affordable CD players though, as those who still have collections of them will always need something to play them on. There were so many out there, though, that used CD players are cheap and plentiful. A "jukebox" type of changer that holds 100 or up to 300 CDs is still a lot of fun to use. They'll sometimes be 101 or 301 discs, as there is a separate slot in the carousel for single-play CDs.
Truly amazing!BTW, unit sales of LPs has surpassed CDs.
In the first six months of 2021, 19.2 million vinyl albums were sold, outpacing CD volume of 18.9 million, according to MRC Data, an analytics firm that specializes in collecting data from the entertainment and music industries.
Music fans pushed sales of vinyl albums higher, outpacing CDs, even as pandemic sidelined stadium toursIn the first six months of 2021, 19.2 million vinyl albums were sold, outpacing CD volume of 18.9 million, according to analytics firm MRC Data.www.cnbc.com
I still have a couple of changers here myself. A Magnavox (Philips) from 1989 that uses the 6-CD cartridges (which are a pain to load and unload), and a Pioneer 101 CD "jukebox" carousel. The Pioneer hasn't been touched since 2007, and the Magnavox...no idea when I last used that one. Given the age (especially of the internal components, like the capacitors), I don't even know if they would work any longer. The Pioneer probably would, but the Magnavox is doubtful. They tend to survive the years better if they are used regularly.Wow, I haven’t even used mine in 12 years. I don’t even know if it still works.
I still use my PS3 and it only skips on CD’s that have issues (deep scratches, disc rot, etc.), otherwise I’ve been using the PS3 since 2011 (via TOSLINK Optical Cable to a Yamaha DAC).Back in the first or second week of July of 1986, I got a Technics CD player from Highland Appliance in Saginaw, MI when I was 21 years old. They ripped me apart because the CD player was skipping back in December of 1996 & I had to get it changed. Same thing happened again with Technics in 1987 thru early 1993 until I found another place in Saginaw, MI in which I got a Denon CD player in May of 1995 for my birthday!! I have a Marantz 1 CD player machine since 2015 & has not skipped yet!!