Originally Posted by dclark
I think there is more to the DSTM sacd release than people think. If I remember correctly (and it has been awhile) Sony had a special deal with PF (re: more $) to release that album on SACD and that format only. It was hoped that would spur the acceptance of the sacd format.
Remember that it was CAPITOL that released the DSOTM SACD, and Capitol was a DVD-Audio house. Sony stepped in with some serious cash, along with some persuasion on Gilmour and Waters, to get DSOTM released as a Capitol SACD, the ONLY Capitol SACD. Heck, Capitol even put a warning on the back of the jewel box that the disc might not play on all CD players! (How many other SACDs have such a warning).
Sony pulled out all of the stops to get DSOTM out on SACD instead of DVD-A, as they were in the middle of thier scortched Earth program to kill DVD-A, which included jumping on the Dual Disc bandwagon, but releasing crappy, non-HiRez Surround DualDiscs to cause confusion and disarry with the DVD-A camp, who were counting on DualDiscs to make the DVD-A "CD compatible" like the SACD.
Unfortunately, the Sony suits had an internal upheaval, and they ended up dropping pop/rock/commercial SACDs soon after that, leaving UMG holding the fort for the final year or so. In the meantime, the whole HiRez surround disc market tanked.
What a mess. If Sony would have continued pumping out great pop/rock SACD titles they would have had the HiRez surround market to themselves, just like they did with BluRay.
Alas, in the end, we all got F'd.