Let's not forget the producers in this. Back when I was very active
in recording, they were the main proponents of louder is better.
>Apple, because it's Apple, hates FLAC and refuses to allow it in
>iTunes. Meanwhile, Sony is belatedly putting on a big push for
>native DSD, including a hardware/marketing push. So it's likely to
>be muddled, SACD vs DVD-A all over again. That said, anything to
>promote higher-quality downloads is a Good Thing in my book. I
>include in that Mastered for iTunes, but note that the vast majority
>of material sold on iTunes was not well mastered or well converted
>to the lossy format. Newer stuff, if it carries the Mastered for
>iTunes certification is better.
>On another front, I'm seeing slight signs of progress against
>terrible-sounding toothpaste MAKE IT LOUDER mastering. Just the fact
>that the high-rez downloads places are demanding reasonable dynamics
>is trickling down to the CD mastering. I've now heard enough tales
>of woe from mastering engineers -- "The Artist Made Me Do It" or
>"The Record Company Suit Made Me Do It" -- that I tend to believe
>them, that Make It Louder is completely the fault of tin-eared
>artists and record company hacks. But that doesn't make the results
>sound any better!
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>>I hope all the players update their software so FLAC will play on
>>everything, but unfortunately it's not possible since many players
>>(both software and hardware) sold and/or distributed in the past
>>cannot be updated.
>>On Mar 10, 2014, at 4:42 PM, Steve Greene wrote:
>>>Curious as to what kind of mass-market penetration you can make at that
>>>price-point. Is the audiophile market alone enough?