Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:05 UTC
Multimedia, AV "On October 1 1982, Joel's sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was the first commercially released CD album... Which means CDs are 30-years-old today. It's worth noting here that 52nd Street wasn't a new album - it was launched initially in 1978, but it was selected for relaunch on the new digital audio disc, rolling out alongside the first CD player - the Sony CDP-101 - in Japan. But of course, the CD didn't spring up overnight - the road to launch started long before 1982." I'm still 100% CD when it comes to music. The act of physically holding a new album in your hands for the first time and gently placing the disk in the tray can't be matched by pressing a download button behind a computer.
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RE[3]: My opinion....
by ilovebeer on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 23:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My opinion...."
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- Record industries can maximize whatever they want, but their business model have an impact on consumers. The day consumers found out they could get everything from the internet, guess who is running out of money. That wouldn't happen if you bred a very loyal consumer base with fair prices and quality products. That's what happens in other markets, and it's no different with music industry.

While the music industry has experienced declines in revenue, make no mistake, it's still a multi-billion dollar a year business. Something else that doesn't get reported often is that when the big fall in cd sales was happening, there was a massive boom in digital sales happening. People love to give the impression that piracy has killed/is killing the music industry -- absolutely not! Just 10 years ago the thought of a 360 deal was nearly unheard of. Today, it's common place. The majors are are raking in cash like they always have. The only thing that's really changed is what cookie jars their hands are in, and how many cookies they're grabbing at a time.

- I think the MP3 Players were created exactly to maximize portability and dismiss the handling of many CDs. The CD did not kill itself but the need for more portability killed it, hence why people are getting more players with flash storage and iPods.

The rise of MP3 players was driven by opportunity rather than need/demand. The cd was doing just fine when the MP3 player market was emerging. Once consumers experienced the convenience of MP3 players, they took off. You could get new music without ever leaving your house. That along with the ability to buy single songs (that you like) at a much lower cost instead of only full albums at album price really fueled the shift.

- Radio had its play on loudness race. I often see interviews in which artists are asking why their songs on CD are much quieter than in the radio.

Again, radio has had no impact on retail product. They use completely different mastering profiles and have totally different methods of delivery. When I mentioned technology in general was to blame, I was referring primarily to working in the digital domain, including people without the proper knowledge & experience to do so. Retail loudness is the result of abusing technology either knowingly or due to inexperience. Radio loudness is a whole other can of worms that relates to competition -- that's why you see very similar practices happening in radio and tv both.

- I didn't confuse remastering with repressing. I know they are different things. In a collection of 480 albums and singles, I do know that there is at least 30% of material available as remastered or repressed and there are subtle differences.

That may be, it all depends on what works your collection consist of. But as a whole counting artists who have sold at least one million units, you won't come even remotely close to 30%. The number is only a sliver in the lower single digits at best.

One thing I'm happy about is the shift moving back towards quality. It's going painfully slow but I like to believe it's the little engine that could. The people signing the checks need to start caring and agreeing higher quality if worth more investment, and a lot of education needs to happen with present day & future engineers (of all types) so they actually learn how to get high quality results from the digital domain. Simply being digital is no magic what-so-ever.

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