Compact discs are making a compact comeback.
When streaming took over in the 2010s, CDs said goodbye to the days when nearly a billion shipped in the U.S. Digital was fast, cheap, and convenient. You could carry a bajillion different songs in your pocket.
But CDs didn’t go anywhere. Similar to the way books will never die, people sometimes want a tangible touchstone for something they love. Digital can’t match up to physical CDs when it comes to memorabilia. No one will sign your mp3.
According to Engadget, “the Compact Disc turns 40 this year, and there are already signals the format is primed for a mini-revival. For the first time in 17 years, CD sales actually went up—and by almost 50 percent, according to the RIAA’s sales database.”
There is still a long way to go for a true comeback, and vinyl remains cooler, but CDs are more accessible for many who long for memories they can touch, see, and smell. Who knows? CDs could be the next big thing. Again.