[mythtv-users] DRM Music on it's last legs - Another predictioncomes true ahead of schedule.
myth at dermanouelian.com
Fri Aug 10 16:31:55 UTC 2007
On Aug 10, 2007, at 9:13 AM, David Brodbeck wrote:
> On Aug 10, 2007, at 9:03 AM, Brad DerManouelian wrote:
>> They're going to measure it in sales. If sales go up, less people are
> I was going to say the same thing. The RIAA seems to have taken the
> peak in CD sales -- during the period when people were still
> replacing their LP collections -- as a sustainable sales figure, and
> assumes that any difference between that and current sales represents
> Attempts to create a new physical CD replacement format, to get
> everyone to buy all their music a third time, have pretty well
> failed. SACD, for example, didn't catch on with anyone except
> hardcore audiophiles.
A third time? How about 5th or 6th? Case in point: Van Halen's first
I bought the vinyl when I was a kid.
I bought the Cassette when I got a walkman.
I bought the CD when I got a CD player.
I bought the re-mastered CD.
I bought the "special" re-mastered gold-colored CD (gold plays better
than silver, right?)
Luckily, I don't think there's an SACD or DVD-A version of the record
or I'd have to buy those, too.
Rhino Handmade (for example) has built a business solely on taking
old records, changing the packaging, adding a couple of extra tracks
or in some cases taking away tracks and selling it at a lower price
and making collectors buy the same music over and over again.
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.
I gotta tell you, I was pretty pleased when I took my Rolling Stones
DRM-free version of Some Girls I bought on iTunes, hit "Convert to
MP3" and it didn't complain about it. Now I can finally play it with
my myth box and I don't have to digitize the vinyl.
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