Friday, 25 March 2011

Say Goodbye to Music Singles

Mercury records have just announced that they will no longer be producing singles. The record label which ownes bands like Arcade Fire and U2, will now rely solely on downloads.

Digital downloads' popularity, higher manufacturing costs, and the expense of dealing with unsold stock have all contributed to the Single's demise.

Ian McCann, the new editor of Record Collector magazine, has said: 'The major labels have struggled with finding a way of coping with the comparatively small runs that a physical single entails and are just not cut out for such business.

It is a sad day indeed, i can still remember sitting in my mums car on the way back from HMV, eagerly reading the CD inlays, desperate to get home because the car only had a cassette deck.

17 comments:

  1. Hmm, im not sure what to make of this. Maybe people will start focusing on full CD's instead?

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  2. This saddens me, Digital download is great because of the convenience, but I will miss the CDs.

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  3. Yeah I heard that. To be fair I haven't bought a single in like 15 years :S

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  4. Wow, that just shows how times are changing.

    But to be honest, I haven't bought physical tangible music media in ages.

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  5. I'm not surprised at all by this really

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  6. nice post, good job

    + follower:)

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  7. followed, i like your style :)

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  8. I always order my music online anyway, so this changes nothing for me. Only music I buy a hard copy of is limited editions or signed copies ;)

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  9. The whole world is becoming digital, this isn't good. D: Nice post though.

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  10. This kind of makes me sad. One the one hand, singles often contained AWESOME B-sides not found on the EP. For example, Soundgarden's unreleased "Birth Ritual" was found on the CD single for "My Wave."
    On the other hand, hopefully it'll discourage one hit wonders and make artists focus on a more solid CD overall.

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  11. Good news all around. Also I will try to find an base jumping wall paper that you asked for.

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  12. Well, singles are a waste, on most cases they didn't offer anything special. Good to know it's digital now.

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  13. A good single costs less than $10, has about 7 songs, contains a hit, a few faves, and perhaps songs that were made but not deemed good enough for a full album release. Record labels that couldn't figure that out get no sympathy fro me.

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