Environmentalists Question Digital Music
The digital music revolution of the last few years has led music lovers worldwide to shelve their CD collections, buy far fewer CDs with excessive packaging, and even mothball their large stereos. But are American environmental advocacy groups happy with this state of affairs?
Not exactly. According to a Reuters/Billboard story published Tuesday, the American environmental lobby believes that because of the proliferation of mp3 players and recordable CDs, the transition to digital music has had “no discernible benefit” to the environment, and may even be making things worse.
The consumer electronics industry has devoted much energy in the past year to lessening the environmental impact of its products, with 30 major players in computing entering an agreement this week to pursue more environmentally friendly products. Even Apple responded to complaints from Greenpeace and other groups by announcing new goals for “a greener Apple” in May.