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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.

Bob Cham



>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!
>
>--Tom Fine
>
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Tim Stamps" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 6:20 PM
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Neil Young wants to take h igh-resolution 
>FLAC audio recordings mainstrea m with Pono - Tech News and Analysis
>
>>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.
>>Tim
>>
>>On Mar 10, 2014, at 4:42 PM, Steve Greene wrote:
>>
>>>http://gigaom.com/2014/03/10/neil-young-wants-to-take-high-resolution-flac-audio-recordings-mainstream-with-pono/
>>>
>>>Stay tuned...
>>>
>>>Curious as to what kind of mass-market penetration you can make at that
>>>price-point. Is the audiophile market alone enough?
>>>
>>>Steve
>>
>>
>
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