Although CD sales continue to fall, people are still buying them. And after almost 30 years, it’s still the format of choice for the physical sale of music. But it’s not like the industry itself hasn’t tried to kill the CD–or at least wound it over the years. In the 90s, it was attacked by digital tape formats like DAT and DCC.
Never heard of them? Don’t worry; few people cared. Sony tried to carve off a piece with pre-recorded MiniDiscs–and outside of Japan, they never really took off. Then there was something called DataPlay, which were digital discs about the size of a loonie. They were supposed to completely revolutionize pre-recorded music. Oh, you never heard of them, either? DataPlay discs never got off the ground at all. More on CD assassination attempts next time.