• Compact Discs - R.I.P.

    Mark Waldrep the founder of iTrax, the high definition audio and video download site, has written an article called Compact Discs - R.I.P. The article briefly discuses music formats over time and says that high definition downloads WILL replace compact discs. For some of us this is stating the obvious, for others this may be a painful prediction.
    Compact Discs - R.I.P.
    by Mark Waldrep

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the compact disc. The 12 cm disc that Sony and Phillips introduced way back in 1982 has been an amazing success and continues to be the carrier for most commercially released music to present day. Hundreds of billions of CDs have been replicated and distributed throughout the world. Initially, they carried only 2-channel audio encoded with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and words of 16-bits [the original “Red Book” specification called for 14 bits!] but as time went on other uses were found for the small shiny discs. For example, CD-ROMs were introduced in the late 1980s as a distribution method for computer software such as games and font libraries. Later, CD-Rs, VCDs, CD-I and ECDs were added to the compact disc family. It seems the venerable CD is invincible and has the power to last forever…well, maybe not. Full Article at iTrax.com
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    1. jackjones's Avatar
      jackjones -
      I have to agree on all the points that have been brought up on this particular subject. Thankyou for this information. Upvc door
    1. PeterSt's Avatar
      PeterSt -
      <cite>For some of us this is stating the obvious, for others this may be a painful prediction.</cite><br />
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      Well, it is my idea that it is not obvious at all (apart from the download part, which is a fact already, legal or not - hence CD R.I.P. would be(come) true), and I don't think there will be much pain involved at hopping over to media which only brings us conveniency.<br />
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      The IMHO mistake in the article (which btw, to me reads like from 3 years ago) is that we would be needing "hires" in order to enjoy the best of music. Why ? well, because at this moment I don't think anybody is up to exploiting the level red book can achieve. But hop over, and for once and for all you will know differently.<br />
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      I said this before a couple of times, and the more time proceeds (as will the quality of music reproduction overhere) the more it will become true.<br />
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      The resolution is sufficiently high, but needs better approaches than done so far. This is not theory, but done already.<br />
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      Peter<br />
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      PS: I have some 500 hires albums by now, and they actually excel in nothing compared to red book. Don't confuse this with with companies like RR, 2L (etc. !) which excel in *recording* and produce that in hires at the same time. RRs stuff in red book sounds as good ... (edit : not meaning that 2L's would not, I just don't own low-res 2L recordings).<br />
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      PPS: And also don't get mixed up in hires sounding better in your system; this is a kind of logic if you know what it takes to make red book as good.<br />
      Moral : never think those millions of recordings are wasted. They are not. It is "us" at the technology farm who at last must proceed !
    1. PeterSt's Avatar
      PeterSt -
      The article *is* from 2007, as is Chris's post I see now.<br />
      Allright, nobody will understand this I guess, but the thread was triggered by a spammer today (that post nicely removed now), and it all looked new to me (apart from the article contents). Including the 2010 date above the article (while 2007 is at the bottom).<br />
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      Well, nice talking to you.<br />
      Grr. :-)<br />
      Peter
    1. Elprior's Avatar
      Elprior -
      Excellent Peter <br />
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      Nice to read from you. Where have you been lately ?<br />
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      Anyway, I tend to agree with you.<br />
      Redbook is far from being crappy, and can sound very good.<br />
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      Elp
    1. PeterSt's Avatar
      PeterSt -
      Thank you Elp.<br />
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      <cite>Where have you been lately ?</cite><br />
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      Haha, working on these matters !<br />
      You could say that having three jobs allows for three times hanging out on forums during work times, but I guess it doesn't work like that. :-)<br />
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      Peter<br />
    1. Elprior's Avatar
      Elprior -
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      Elp