Linn have announced that they're ceasing production of CD players:
Gilad Tiefenbrun, managing director of Linn Products, said: "Our customers have fast recognised the limitations of CD players and in the age of home networking, people now want better control of their music and the ability to enjoy it in any room of their home.
"CD players no longer belong in the specialist domain."
To be honest, I suspect hi-fi heads have been looking for an excuse to drop the format ever since you started to be able to buy CD players for less than a couple of hundred quid - the joy of owning them for early adopters was more in pretending that they were worth all the extra bunce you had to drop and the sense of exclusivity. Now, they're to be left to the sort of people who shop in Argos, once and for all.