Things haven't been looking good for CDs for years now. Ever since the introduction of Napster and the first portable MP3 players, the format has pretty much felt doomed. Since the turn of the century, the CD has hung on valiantly, but its disappearance has remained a question of when, not if.
Still look great hanging from rearview mirrors.
2012, as it turns out, may have been the CD's worst year yet. Early in the year, it was reported for the first time that digital music had outsold CDs. Perhaps more interestingly, old albums outsold new ones in 2012 for the first time since Nielsen Soundscan started tracking U.S. album sales in 1991.
The CD's long reign as the music industry's main revenue source appears to be at an end at last. So, has the MP3 Prophecy finally come true? Will 2013 be the first year of music's post-CD era? And is that good news for the music industry or bad?