Ableton co-founder Robert Henke thinks we should ditch vinyl and “fully embrace CDs”

In a lengthy Facebook post, Robert Henke from Ableton made a case that CDs are the way to go for physical product releases.

He says that due to the environmental impact of vinyl, he plans to stop releasing vinyl and instead wants to “fully embrace CDs”.

He begins the post by explaining that “making large, heavy plastic signs and shipping them around the world is a huge waste of energy and resources,” and says that for this reason he is considering ditching vinyl.

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However, since physical products are still a love for the Ableton co-founder, he’s now considering going with CDs instead – calling CDs “underrated”.

Henke’s Facebook post highlights seven key points: shipping prices and fuel; streaming power consumption; longevity of CDs; no more need to make new vinyls; each doing a small part; use CDs as the preferred medium; and vinyl being a luxury item.

Robert Henke makes numerous references to the environmental impact of vinyl releases, which seems to be the main reason for his decision to make the potential switch.

According to new statesmanthere are 979 g of carbon in the material of a vinyl record, while there are only 288 g of carbon in the material of a CD with case.

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Like this Conversation According to the article, CDs are usually made of a mixture of polycarbonate and aluminum – rather than a derivative of crude oil used to create vinyl records.

Research done by Keele University, used in new statesmanalso found that if you listen to an album for five hours, streaming has a worse environmental impact than a CD.

This is because the CO2 released over time from streaming, caused by the energy consumption of trying to get data from where the music is stored to the device it’s playing in, is much higher than that of creating a CD and then playing it. on a player.

Henke also commented on how buying and selling old vintage vinyl is “awesome”, however, he sees producing new vinyl as a potential problem.

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In October, Mixmag published an in-depth investigation into the rise and fall of vinyl. He concludes and ultimately argues that the vinyl industry in its current state is unsustainable and that there is a shortage of resources and an increasing number of labels abandoning vinyl releases altogether. Read it here.

Read Robert Henke’s full Facebook post here.

Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag’s digital intern, follow her on Twitter

Jack L. Goldstein