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Record companies defend their substitution of laser-read compact discs

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Record companies defend their substitution of laser-read compact discs (CD’s) for the much less expensive traditional long-playing vinyl records in their catalogs by claiming that the audio market is ruled by consumer demand for ever-improved sound reproduction rather than by record manufacturers’ profit-motivated marketing decisions. But this claim cannot be true, because if it were true, then digital audiotape, which produces even better sound than CD’s, would be commercially available from these same record companies, but it is not.

Which of the following, if true, best explains how the record companies’ claim about the nature of the audio reproduction market could be true and digital audiotape nevertheless be unavailable for the commercial market?


(A) Most consumers prefer audiotape to long-playing records or CD’s because of the tape’s durability and compactness.

(B) Prototypes of digital audiotape have been used to make master tapes of some performances in recording studios.

(C) The manufacturing technology that underlies the commercial production of CD’s requires equipment very similar to that needed for commercial production of digital audiotape.

(D) Record companies have not yet solved several quality-control problems that have beset attempts to produce digital audiotape in commercial quantities.

(E) CD’s are more expensive than long-playing vinyl records by about the same ratio as digital audiotape cassettes would be more expensive than conventional cassettes.

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Record companies defend their substitution of laser-read compact discs (CD’s) for the much less expensive traditional long-playing vinyl records in their catalogs by claiming that the audio market is ruled by consumer demand for ever-improved sound reproduction rather than by record manufacturers’ profit-motivated marketing decisions. But this claim cannot be true, because if it were true, then digital audiotape, which produces even better sound than CD’s, would be commercially available from these same record companies, but it is not.

Which of the following, if true, best explains how the record companies’ claim about the nature of the audio reproduction market could be true and digital audiotape nevertheless be unavailable for the commercial market?

The question asks us for an explanation that presents to us a situation where manufacturer could hold true, while still explain/present the reason the audio tapes are not available commercially in the market.

(A) Most consumers prefer audiotape to long-playing records or CD’s because of the tape’s durability and compactness.
This negates the manufacturers claim (that audio market is run by consumer demand). but still does not present us with any explanation as to why the audio tapes are not available commercially. Close One but not THE ONE. Drop.

(B) Prototypes of digital audiotape have been used to make master tapes of some performances in recording studios.
Irrelevant. Drop.

(C) The manufacturing technology that underlies the commercial production of CD’s requires equipment very similar to that needed for commercial production of digital audiotape.
If anything, this one weakens the manufacturer's claim. Drop.

(D) Record companies have not yet solved several quality-control problems that have beset attempts to produce digital audiotape in commercial quantities.
Bingo. Perfect Answer. Shows that Manufacturer's claim might be true, and presents a reason for non availability of audio tapes in market.


(E) CD’s are more expensive than long-playing vinyl records by about the same ratio as digital audiotape cassettes would be more expensive than conventional cassettes.
Irrelevant. Drop.

Answer: D
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