Compact discs are now cheaper than downloading

We knew this day would come, but unfortunately for the music industry, it was a little too late. Compact discs are finally affordable. I just got back from the CD store near me, and for disc after disc, all of them new releases, the price of an actual compact disc was lower than the price for downloading it online.

Here's a sampling. Kelly Clarkson's new album (the top seller in America) is $9.99 on Amazon.com but $10.99 on iTunes and $12.99 to download through Amazon. The "deluxe version" of the new Indigo Girls album costs $14.99 at Amazon.com as a CD and iTunes as files, but $11.99 at my local CD store. The soundtrack CD to Twilight is 3¢ cheaper on BarnesandNoble.com than it is on iTunes.