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

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Sat Aug 11 14:31:44 UTC 2007

On 8/10/07, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:
> 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. :)

don't be so quick to knock CD's, for most music they're perfectly fine.

The problem is not the technology but the implementation and lack of
quality control.

For instance, from what I understand, there are under 10 consumer
level CD players that actually completely conform to the Red Book
standard, all are considered "Audiophile grade" and cost upwards of
and beyond the $1000 mark. The rest just "fake it", they do a good
enough job for most people, some do an excellent job for those of us
picky enough.
I've yet to hear one of these full Red Book standard compliant
players, but I have listened to some very fine CD recordings through
some amazingly nice stereos and was blown away at the detail and
presence that can be held in a properly mastered CD.

That said, I love my collection of SACD and DVD-Audio discs...

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