Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2015 is in the can. I had a terrific time at the show this year, even though I didn't make it to all the rooms. Please accept my apologies if I missed your rooms. I try to focus on quality rather than quantity and I spend quite a bit of time in most rooms I visit. Plus, I spend a large amount of time talking to people in the industry rather than listening to every room at the show. How else does one get inside scoops, unreleased product information, education on the finer points of digital audio, and secure the first review opportunity of a new product? For example, spending an hour with Bob Stuart
and Pål Bråtelund from Tidal
, before our seminar, was very informative. The ability to ask Bob one-on-one questions about MQA and to learn more about Tidal since its change in ownership was priceless. It's nice to hear that Tidal isn't abandoning the HiFi enthusiast market despite what appears to be a huge shift in the type of content pushed by the service. I was happy to hear that Tidal is in this for the long haul. The service estimates the global market for streaming has about 1 billion potential customers. Streaming is in its infancy. With this in mind, the streaming service providers see hundreds of millions of people as future customers. Those suggesting that one service will "win" (Bob Lefsetz) or that Tidal is doomed from the start (almost all popular press), are pretty short-sighted. Believe it or not, that awkward Tidal press conference has helped them immensely and will be forgotten by all but those in the press very shortly. Heck, most future streaming customers will look at you with a blank stare and wonder what you're talking about if you mention that press conference.