I saw this article today about how the music industry has changed in recent years. The main argument is that Napster changed consumers' mindset for buying music. https://public.tableau.com/views/IronViz-TheDaytheMusicDied/TheDaytheMusicDied?:showVizHome=no I find it interesting that this article seems to describe Napster as some kind of viable business model.. I'm not sure how Napster originally intended to make money, as it was just a program allowing people to share music files (without paying for them). There were also the other file sharing programs that this article didn't mention (such as LimeWire, Kazaa, etc.), but I guess Napster was the first of its kind. And even before Napster, I remember there being an IRC chat channel where people could search for and download MP3s. Also, the article says Best Buy announced in 2018 that they will no longer sell CDs. I also recently noticed that my local Fry's Electronics got rid of their movie section and aren't selling movies on DVD/blu-ray anymore. I don't remember if I saw music CDs there either.. If stores are going to stop selling music on CDs, that seems a little discouraging, as I still like to buy music on CD. I tend to rip my music to play on various devices, but I like having a hard copy as a sort of backup of the music, and I sometimes still like to look at the cover art and things like that. Also I find it a little odd that stores might stop selling CDs, when an older format such as vinyl records seem to be fairly popular these days.. I've bought some music online, and I always make a point to back it up somewhere, on an external hard drive or something. Also I like to buy it in FLAC format, since FLAC is lossless. EDIT: I just found this article on Best Buy's announcement to stop selling music CDs: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16973538/bestbuy-target-cd-sales-vinyl-cassette Apparently, Best Buy already stopped selling music CDs on July 1st, 2018. I tend to buy my music CDs elsewhere, so I hadn't really noticed that from Best Buy. That article also says cassette tapes are making somewhat of a comeback?