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Yeah = the whole digital thing is inevitable which is sad as it kind of limits the collecting scene in the future when there will be a finite number of items. It is sad really only for the collector though - for the "normal" person there is the convenience - provided of course that the licencing model is sensible.
Never say never though - vinyl is making a low key but steady comeback here in the UK - with new releases getting limited vinyl runs in some cases - and it isn't just the oldies and audiophiles who are availing - despite the inconvenience (2 sides!) - the pleasure of possessing a physical representation of something you really like is extremely compulsive and it may never truly go away.
But maybe music is different enough from video games to mean it won't happen in this industry - you never know - but at most it will be for collectors paying a premium as vinyl buyers are doing here now...
I got the Bitches Brew anniversary box set at Christmas - a sumptuous package containing DVD, CD and vinyl along with lots of high quality printed material - maybe reissues of our classics will receive the same treatment 20 years from now?....the physical consoles at that time may hinder that though - if there is no drive or slot how can a collector's edition be viable - who knows?
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