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The long, slow death of the CD . . . where is it at?

When Prince passed away in April this year, fans around the world flooded record stores to buy his CDs, causing them to sell out within a day.


That’s because it’s one of the only ways you can listen to Prince’s music these days is to buy it on CD.

Back in 2010, the pop artist declared that the internet was “completely over”. 

And since then, Prince’s legal team have worked to remove his music from popular streaming services such as YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify. 

Prince’s example is an anomaly in an era dominated by online downloading and streaming.

Which begs the question, is the CD format dead?

Audio report by Adriane Reardon.

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