To my dismay it has been brought to my attention that the upcoming September issue as well as all future issues of Gramophone will no longer include the CD in shipments to North America. A spokesperson at Haymarket informed me that the music will be available online instead. The marketing department at Gramophone is out of touch with their core base of subscribers if they feel this is a wise course of action for a poorly stratagized marketing plan.
I own a $70,000 multichannel system to enjoy the beauty of my music. Children and Teens dominate the Ipod market for POP Music. The very last thing I want to do is listen to the Gramophone picks of the month on a computer with substandard audio.
I will be cancelling my subscription with the September issue. Conversly, BBC Music magazine Managers assured me that they had no intention of ending shipping cd's with their magazine.
Over the years that I have subscribed to Gramophone magazine and because of the included CD I have legally purchased close to 7,500 sacd and cd's based on the cd and reviews.
I will miss Gramophone. Sadly, the end of a golden era has come to pass.
Very Truly Yours,
Edward G. Jones
United States of America