5 posts • joined Tuesday 21st October 2008 08:01 GMT
Are CDs dead or is CD Audio dead?
People want physical tactile assets dont they? If I hold a CD in my hand I know I can step into most friends homes, cars, even hotel rooms and be pretty confident I can play and share the music experience. You dont get this with downloads and I think thats most consumer's gripe.
However, the music industry is bobbyshafted and the CD Audio format for sure has a short life line ahead simple due to the bottom line on DLoads over Physical CD sales. THe industry also really (really) needs a new strategy on distribution as the number of duplicates for any one track is crazy. Digitally they are trying to reproduced somethine physical so for any one track you will see a CD Single Release, iTunes Release, Extended iTunes bonus GTi release etc etc. My friends in catalogue management tell me most track now have eight releases and they are pretty much identical.
So, my crystal ball can see the end of CD Audio, being replaced with CD Data - i.e. DRM Free MP3 / eAAC+ files on disk or solid state devices. I can retailers burning disks and labelling them at the point of sale. I can even see subscription music servers being served from retail outlets.
CD Audio may be out, but I cannot see how you can eliminate the physical tactile nature of distribution with something as evocotive as Music.
And I'm not getting my coat, thats someone knicking my iMusic along with my music collection, not that Im bothered as I'll rip them from CD again - ah oh hang on...
Cutting (exit) costs
Agree with previous post hinting the same: This is just an excercise to limit the company's costs in reducing the work force. Hard to know how to play this type of game...icon attached for more detail.
Missing the point
Isnt this simply a delay tactic and a smoke screen to cloud the real issue? TO recap:-
* The song in question is by a successful Muslim artist and its available on iTunes
* Muslim leaders did not ask for the withdraw
* Media Molecule had a zero day patch ready
* Warehouses already had the stock
So why delay? Could it be that the beta has shown an unexpected draw of network resouces - the game promotes User Generated Content - Play, Create, Share but perhaps the community service side of PSN was giving cause of concern to Sony?
Just a thought, i'll get my coat.
Is everyone 100% confident that this is about a dodgy song or is this a good way for Sony to effectively stagger the release of LBP (and load on their servers). It just seem odd don’t you think that a beta has been running for some time and no-one complained, apart from the operational boys who were stressing about the lack of inherent scalability of their back end.
Also, I find it amazing that a game capable of really breaking down barriers and bring people of all faiths together in one little big world has now incited more race hate than 911.
Alien, has I don’t want to be part of this world and was planning on moving into the little big planet on Friday.