Source : http://www.realtechnews.com
The famous analysts of Gartner have moved to a new topic. It relates to the sale of CD and even if their predictions are not achieved, it has what it takes to shake the Majors producers of music and the traditional channels of distribution.
The analysis considers indeed that the era of CD has ended and that Christmas 2008 will be the last of of materialized music.
Already, the retailers decreased spaces reserved for CD; the physical sales of the media accounted for 91% of business in 2005; it was already no more than of 77% in 2007.
Always according to this analysis, the Major producers should agree to disregard traditional launching of albums, to calm their fights against the hacking and to concentrate on the new channels of distribution by focusing their energy there.
Of course, it is hard to imagine the Majors producers will accept this easily; to give up their practices and especially to accept the idea of having more and more interaction with iTunes that is now the top seller of music in the United States in front of Wal-Mart.
[translation by crispin]