- Awolnation, Megalithic Symphony: new, $9.99
- The Lumineers: new, $12.99
- Beatles, Rubber Soul: used, $3.99
- Beatles, The White Album: used, $16.99
- Shawn Colvin, Fat City: used, $2.99
- Shawn Colvin, A Few Small Repairs: used, $2.99
At the checkout counter I asked, "Is it me, or have prices gone way down?
The guy ringing me up confirmed that they had. Especially for used CDs.
"The digital download crisis has been going on for so long," I said, "that I figured it would never happen. That the music industry would be in denial forever."
The guy said, "There's a rumor going around that by the end of this year, nobody will even make CDs anymore. Of course, it's only a rumor."
Googling around later, I found an article from Side-Line Music Magazine claiming that except for special limited editions, the CD format will be abandoned by major labels by the end of 2012. They say they can't get official confirmation, but they seem pretty sure it's going to happen.
I dunno. While the demise of the CD is bound to happen eventually, it seems like someone would have announced it if "eventually" were less than a year away.
On the other hand, the timing seems right. CDs at reasonable prices? Can't have that.