He says that due to the environmental impact of vinyl, he is considering not doing any more vinyl releases and instead wants to “fully embrace CDs”.
He starts the post by explaining that “manufacturing big heavy plates of plastic and having them shipped around the globe is a huge waste of energy and resources,” and says that for that reason, he plans to ditch vinyl.
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However, due to physical products still being a love for the Ableton co-founder, he is now thinking about opting for CDs instead — calling CDs “underrated”.
Henke’s Facebook post puts forward seven key points: shipping prices and fuel; energy consumption of streaming; longevity of CDs; no more making new vinyl; everyone doing a small part; using CDs as a preferred medium; and vinyl being a luxury product.
Robert Henke makes many references to the environmental impact of vinyl releases, which appears to be the biggest reason for his decision to make the potential switch.
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As this Conversation article states, CDs are generally made of a mix of polycarbonate and aluminium - rather than a derivative of crude oil which is used to create vinyl records.
Research done by Keele University, used in New Statesman, has also found that if you listen to an album for five hours - streaming has a worse environmental impact than a CD does.
This is because the CO2 released over time through streaming, caused by the power usage of trying to get data from where the music is stored to the device in which it is playing, is much higher than that of creating a CD and then playing it out on a player.
Henke also made a comment about how buying and selling old, vintage vinyl is “great”, however, he sees the production of new vinyl as a potential problem.
In October, Mixmag published a deep-dive investigation into the rise and fall of vinyl. It ultimately finds and argues that the vinyl industry in its current state is unsustainable and that there is a scarcity of resources and a growing amount of labels who are ditching 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