[mythtv-users] DRM Music on it's last legs - Another predictioncomes true ahead of schedule.

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Sat Aug 11 01:53:18 UTC 2007

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. :)

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