Compact disc

Despite the trends, Hudson Valley still buys music on compact disc

The compact disc may be dying, but music lovers in the Hudson Valley still can’t seem to get enough of it.

With retail chains like Best Buy removing CDs from their shelves, many consumers have been tricked into believing that the digital music format is destined for the trash of history. And while it’s true that compact disc sales have declined dramatically since the 1990s, a local music expert says the format is still alive and well in the Hudson Valley.

Justin Johnson of Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie says consumers bought 87 million CDs last year. Although this figure is far lower than the 950 million bought in 2000, it is still a huge market share, especially for a music format said to be “dying”. Johnson says there are plenty of reasons music fans continue to choose their music on CD, especially here in the Hudson Valley.

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According to Johnson, there are many reasons why residents of the Hudson Valley still cling to their CDs. Many consumers still own cars with CD players. Due to the spotty cell service in our area, it is often more reliable to insert a CD instead of bringing your music streaming service in and out while driving around town.

Collectors also seem to hold on to their CDs for the unique packaging and rare tracks that are not available online. And when it comes to quality, Johnson says CDs offer the best quality digital music; much better than any songs you stream or listen to MP3 versions.

Johnson says the compact disc craze shows no signs of slowing down in the Hudson Valley. He predicts that CDs will continue to remain popular for some time. In fact, another early music format that has been kept alive for a while has even made a comeback in recent months. Do not throw away your walkman right away. Johnson says Darkside Record started selling quite a few tapes.

If you would like to view Darkside Record’s inventory of over 20,000 compact discs, you can visit them at their Poughkeepsie location on Route 44. Hours of operation and directions are available on their website.