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Digital Music Can Save the Planet

Not to go against Elvis Costello, but it turns out that digital music, not radio, is a sound salvation, at least when it comes to fighting climate change.

A new study conducted by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and levitra online 50mgs Stanford University confirms what we already assumed:  downloading music cuts energy consumption and CO2 emissions compared to discount viagra australia shopping at your local record store.  Digitizing wins again.

The study found that buying digital music results in a 40 to 80 percent reduction in energy use and carbon emissions compared to distributing CDs, and that factors in the energy used to download the files over the Internet.  The study compared four different ways of obtaining and listening to music, listed from most energy intensive to the least:  buying a CD in-person at a record store, buying a CD online, downloading an album and then burning it to a CD (both with and without a jewel case) and downloading an album and listening to it digitally.

There were some situations that blurred the lines.  If you walked to the music store instead of driving, that would equal the energy and emissions of downloading and click here cialis ed then burning an album to disc, meaning the driving to sildenafil the store is the worst part of buying music in person.  Also, if the album size is 260 MB (compared to the standard 60 to 100 MB) or more, then that would equal the energy and emissions of buying a CD online because of the extra energy needed to download it.

So, the moral of buy online prescription viagra the story is:  download your music and keep it on levitra headaches your computer or iPod.  Luckily, that's what most of us are already doing.

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written by Green Joy, August 26, 2009
This is really interesting, I had no idea. Perhaps I just never thought of it, but either way, this is a sad fact, especially with how often they are needed to be replaced.

written by Bob Wallace, August 27, 2009
it turns out that digital music, not radio, is a sound salvation,

And radio figures in how?

(In the larger picture of killing global climate change with a death of a thousand cuts we are talking about a tiny, tiny scratch here, aren't we? ;o)

written by jeff, August 27, 2009
I wonder if listening to music made by people you're with was analyzed. That probably fails the when will levitra be available as a generic geek test but I'll bet it passes the eco test. It worked for a pretty long time before electricity was harnessed.
written by Arty, August 27, 2009
Were the energy and resources costs of manufacturing, shipping and disposing of MP3 players taken into account? How about laptops?

Depending on the person, people go through iPods alarmingly quickly - and some own more than one at a time (i.e. iPhone and Nano).

Also: "Don't worry about contacting your local representative urging action about Global Warming (which we need to do something about in the next 2 years, according to the IPCC) - just get a laptop, an iPod, and start downloading digital music. Ta-da! Freshly saved planet."

Sorry, the title was begging for it.
written by Ryan Siegel, August 27, 2009
Did the study include the environmental impact of original cialis replacing the music player or battery every couple years? CDs environmental impact is only best offers levitra professional relatively fixed.
written by Fae, August 27, 2009
Could industries be using the "power of science" to turn tides towards more profits?
written by The First of Many, August 27, 2009
Some excellent points brought up by your EcoGeek audience Hank. Since I understand the radio reference and am of the generation that couldn't wait to listen Dr. Don Rose and the Emergency Boogie System on KYA each evening, would love to see how radio would do in a similar evaluation. I think of the radio as a bit like a library, except you don't get to choose which book to best price viagra online read, just tune in and see what's playing.
written by T, August 27, 2009
For the analog-philes, unused/unsold vinyl records can be recycled back into new ones, although no recycler would ever accept vinyl records now. But it has better potential than CDs with its polycarbonate base. Impossible to recycle.
written by darius, August 27, 2009
Digital Music Can Save the Planet - and kill your ears smilies/wink.gif
written by michael, August 28, 2009
Title should be 'digital music can kill the planet more slowly' Im really liking all these articles that are eco-coating our consumerism so that we can continue with our destructive paradigm (notice how the car was the most influential variable...) in a blissfully ignorant way.

Also, opening line about digital vs. radio made me laugh because radio was mentioned nowhere in the study. i bet radio is the best alternative
No, Digital Music won't "Save the Planet"
written by Carl Hage, August 30, 2009
First, the title of the post is inappropriate-- you need to put all these "green" ideas into perspective and online tramadol prescription relative importance. The amount of CO2 related to a CD in comparison to most everything else people buy or do is insignificant. A better approach to reporting would be to ask, if we all did this (e.g. buy MP3 players instead of CDs) what percentage of our energy use would be saved?

If you leave a desktop computer on overnight to download music, it could use more energy than making a CD. The difference between a desktop and laptop just during work hours is equivalent to driving to the store every other day and buying one CD (and nothing else).

I read the viagra label original report-- it is interesting as an exercise on calculating energy efficiency alternatives, but the amount of energy is insignificant to other things in life, such as the difference in power between 2 TVs or computers.

The most significant problem are assumptions made in the report. Inherently, these could be way off for this kind of look here effect of levitra on women example, no matter how good the researchers are. For example, in this report, the energy to drive to the store and buy a CD is the major part of physical CDs. They mostly assume that people make a shopping trip only to buy 1 or 2 CDs, and nothing else. I think people tend to shop for CDs when out shopping anyway, rather than making special single-purpose trips to a record store. Then, what is the alternative? Say a guy without an iPod (probably a social failure as a result-- at least he perceives it) invites a girl on a date to viagra sale uk go on a date to cruise the record store, 5 miles away. But the guy that download the music already has it, so he drives 15 miles to makeout point. In this scenario, not going to a record store increased energy use. Maybe downloading video games is buy generic levitra cheap a good thing, because guys stay holed up alone at home playing the game instead of driving around and hiking in the mountains.

Another significant cost is the CD case. But people tend to use a zipper case to store a batch of CDs compactly, especially those that burn them, and discard the cialis soft canada plastic cases. A lot of energy could be saved by using a cardboard cover-- not just the replacement for the case, but in warehouse and retail costs. Same for software-- huge boxes containing a CD and pamphlet with huge retail, warehouse, and transport costs. How about improving the absurd packaging on generic viagra fast delivery software-- that would save more than downloading CDs. (Most software typically re-downloads itself anyway, over and over again when you don't want it to.)

One indirect factoid in the report is the implication that using Netflix is way better than downloading video online. Transmitting a DVD online would use around 50kWh (based on 7kWh/GB in the report). Netfix just uses paper packaging, less than the 1st class one ounce limit, and has low delivery cost/item in postal mail. Now that's how to save the planet-- efficient delivery and we use it buy canadian cialis online avoidance of driving to the movie theater. ;-)

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