Originally Posted by PauloB
Do you see in the forseeable future music being available on HD formats (HD-DVD or Blu-Ray)? I'm mostly a fan of oldies so obviously most music will be in stereo or mono. Obviously SACD and DVD-A look to be almost dead. In what way will say the remastering of The Beatles be better if it is done in HD than compared to CD? This is probably a silly question, but all the tech talk around here makes me dizzy! Is this something to do with bit rates, ect?
If you are asking about the prospects of high fidelity surround music from major music labels, then it is pretty bleak. The people promoting that have been let go for the most part. Because they pushed for SACD/DVD-A, while music downloads and MP3s where happening :). I am sure there are some left with a passion around high fidelity but with DVD-A and SACD essentially dead, I don't think they will have a voice.
So no, I don't expect a lot of music from them. I do expect the likes of Chesky, etc. to produce content in these formats. And if they want to make them more popular, put some HD video to go with it. The market will be small though. But for them it might be OK.
|I assume all music on stores like itunes is currently maximum CD-quality and lossy. Will online sites be offering higher than CD quality downloads in the near future?
Actually, we have been working with MusicGiants to bring lossless and greater than CD to market. Currently their catalog is the former but they will grow beyond that and with surround content to boot. Ultimately, digital downloads is a better path for independent, and small producers who care about such fidelity simply because they can't get distribution on retail shelves.
Overall though, the picture is not super bright, sad to say. I had to spend a lot of personal capital and expense internally at Microsoft to help get MusicGiant more support. People go where the masses and money is...
BTW, itunes store is lossy AAC and is well below CD quality to my ears...