Are we now on the road to the end of CDs?
This week music label Mercury announced that it was ceasing production of CDs. This presumably means that downloads are the future. Is this also the end of 'CD quality' mainstream music? I know that there are high quality downloads available from the likes of Linn and Naim, but they are the exception rather than the rule. If the majority of labels make their music available only on iTunes, the future for quality isn't good.
In addition, if I was in the market to upgrade my Nad CD player for say a Cyrus or Audiolab machine, I'd be having second thoughts. Presumably I'd be better off with a machine that plays downloaded material from my computer?