Cost of CDs and other digital media have fallen dramatically to compete with the illegal free-trade of copyrighted material and legal online distributors. In reality, the CD album, as most people know it, is experiencing the process of extinction. The sales of CDs have been falling dramatically over the past five years or so; Kusek, in his book The Future of Music , attributes non-competitive pricing of CDs, among other things, to the downturn of CD sales. DVDs and video games add so much more value for price than a CD does. To quote Kusek on the issue of value and CDs, he says, “The CD simply no longer seems to be in the same league in terms of customer's value perceptions.” As a result of online file-sharing and the rigid marketing policies of record industries, “the best-selling CD has become the blank, recordable one.” Cold, hard, facts such as these have forced artists, in many ways, to ensure their work is of the highest quality; disappearing quickly are the days of buying entire albums of music, at full album price, simply for one song.
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