Originally Posted by bunkaroo
True, but many of us commute in cars, and some luxury cars already have 5.1 DVD-Audio setups standard.
Seeing as I can crank my music in the car, fidelity is key.
My point is while mp3 and the like are great for portable music, they should not become the sole delivery method for music, as many people still use music on something other than ear buds.
the real problem is that the portable player, for the masses, has become the sit-down, in the house player, too. all those i-pod docks, all the cords that connect i-pods to receivers, etc... people don't want to have a music collection twice; why bother when you can just plug your mp3/itunes player into a receiver, and have it play that way?
but this doesn't speak to hi res audio. there can be hi res audio without hd-dvd; distributed in a digital format over the internet for people who are willing to pay a premium for it. this will likely be through i-tunes type services, where they can just pick the songs they want and pay $1.50 instead of $15 for the whole cd. hd dvd audio may become a replacement for cd's somewhere down the line, if hi res audio begins to surpass normal itunes fair in the future.
i think this is one of those situations where adoption is going to have to happen through the internet, and then b&m music stores have to hope that people want the hard copies.
i think normal cd audio is on a downward trend simply because it's easier to download what you want through a service and burn it to your hard drive/mp3 player/ipod/cell phone. eventually (maybe in 10-15 years, max) i think hard copy audio altogether will be an niche product, much like LPs are now.
remember, the current generation is being raised on pocket-music and convenience. they're not going to change as they grow up.