There are many benefits to using digital music as opposed to using CDs or even Vinyl. The process of downloading a digital music file to your computer, apparently is (according to Katie Fehrenbacher over @ GIGAOM) eliminating the energy required to produce and ship a CD – this also includes you driving to the store and actually buying it, and then driving back!
Researchers at Stanford, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Carnegie Mellon University, including so called ‘IT energy’ guru Jonathan Koomey have found that despite the energy used from downloading music from the internet, digital downloads can reduce amount of energy consumed by the delivery of music, in terms of effecting the amount of energy used and carbon dioxide emissions by between 40-80% This in my mind sounds good, but of course there are things which would be effected.
For a more detailed look at the research please visit here
I, for one am a big fan of actually ‘owning’ an album or a single; nothing in my mind beats the feeling of holding a brand new, essentially piece of art, made by my favourite artist(s). This feeling was especially exaggerated when I was younger as it had generally taken me a few weeks of ardent saving.
Now whether or not the idea of actually owning the greatness that is an album in all of its atomic mass, will be one which is taken away from us by the fervent eco-warriors of our age remains to be an issue which will need to be worked out for the best. Hopefully the war against climate change will not ‘sacrifice another victim’ the beloved CD and the joys that owning a piece of art…
What next an end to live music…?