On 01/01/2011, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Brenda:
> I think the iTunes and Amazon user agreements allow you to burn
> "personal copy" CDR's from your downloads. Now you and I both know
> that "up-converting" from lossy low-rez files is non-ideal, but it's a
> way to put download-only material on physical CD's. I'm not sure if
> this "personal use" agreement covers libraries, it would be
> interesting to see what Amazon and Apple officials would say if put on
> the spot in a public forum!
> In general, I too decry the disappearance of CD-format material
> because the alternative download is generally audibly lower quality,
> which is a step backward in my opinion.
In 2011, we should be getting better sound than CD, on a more permanent
physical medium. Not poor sound on a CD-R or a hard drive.
I think Blu-Ray Audio might help, as each disc will hold several hours
of music, thus reducing manufacturing and inventory costs. A box of 17
CDs in envelopes can be replaced by a single disc.
Sales of Blu-Ray players seem to be going steadily up. No doubt Blu-Ray
drives will be standard in desktop computers soon.
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