[mythtv-users] DRM Music on it's last legs - Another predictioncomes true ahead of schedule.
adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Sat Aug 11 14:31:44 UTC 2007
On 8/10/07, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:
> On Aug 10, 2007, at 6:43 PM, Shawn Rutledge wrote:
> > On 8/10/07, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:
> >> The fear is that once you go to a digital file, there's no up-sell
> >> from there. And they're right. This is the last format you'll need.
> >> Finally.
> > No; MP3 is still lossy compression (and an arguably obsolete one at
> > that).
> I didn't say MP3. I said digital file. As bandwidth and storage
> become less and less of an issue, you'll be able to easily download
> the original digital track from the artist/studio and cut the label/
> distributor completely out of the picture. That's why digital files
> are so scary to them.
> > They can keep upgrading the codec a few more times, then later
> > offer a "remastered" 24bit/sample 96khz version some day, plus 5.1
> > channel surround, then 7.1 channels, etc. Probably that's how they
> > justify the un-DRMd MP3s - it's not the same as buying the CD. I
> > certainly never think of downloaded MP3s as the "last format I'll
> > need". When I can buy the CD for the same price (or less) compared to
> > the whole collection of those 99-cent tracks, I'd rather do that, and
> > rip to FLAC.
> I hate that consumers have settled for MP3's. I hate that they
> settled for CD's, but here we are. Quantity over quality in the
> modern age. I'm going to start mastering records to cassette since no
> one seems to care anyway. :)
don't be so quick to knock CD's, for most music they're perfectly fine.
The problem is not the technology but the implementation and lack of
For instance, from what I understand, there are under 10 consumer
level CD players that actually completely conform to the Red Book
standard, all are considered "Audiophile grade" and cost upwards of
and beyond the $1000 mark. The rest just "fake it", they do a good
enough job for most people, some do an excellent job for those of us
I've yet to hear one of these full Red Book standard compliant
players, but I have listened to some very fine CD recordings through
some amazingly nice stereos and was blown away at the detail and
presence that can be held in a properly mastered CD.
That said, I love my collection of SACD and DVD-Audio discs...
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