One could argue they are the now.
Billboard recently reported that Best Buy has stopped selling CDs, but will continue to sell vinyl for the next two years. As a backdrop, CD sales were down 18.5% in 2017, while LP sales in the first half of 2018 are up 19.5%. It’s also reported that downloads via iTunes are down while streaming is exploding.
In addition, Target is reportedly attempting to force a consignment sales model on the labels for DVDs and CDs, and if the labels don’t agree its possible the CD’s demise could accelerate even further. Ironic considering the draconian measures taken in the 80’s to force vinyl records out of stores and push CDs in.
So is the future vinyl for the tangible, undivided-attention listening experience with streaming for convenience and mobile listening?