The Australian – Cloud services sound death knell for compact discs

Just as the combination of broadband Internet access and digital cameras has all but wiped out the need for photographic film, so too it seems that similar combinations of broadband and electronics will do the same for the humble CD. In this story published last year in The Australian I explore the statements by Simon Fox, head of the UK-based entertainment retailer HMV, who said that CDs would be obsolete by 2016. For the CD, which pushed vinyl albums of record store shelves due to(alleged) superior audio reproduction, the final blow is being delivered not by a superior physical media, but by cloud computing.