The CD is dead. It's a redundant medium with a better option on both the analog and digital worlds. The CD brought digital music to the masses, but with the internet and huge iTunes libraries, who cares now about the little plastic case and the small disc in it?
I love my vinyls for their large covers and the feeling of preciousness they give to the music. But this blog won't be about vinyls. Because for every vinyl I buy I want its digital copy.
This blog will cover the online legal availability of lossless music. It's a place far from perfection. The record labels are greedy, there is many formats and certainly no "on
e place to shop". I will obviously not try to find a new business model for the record labels. But I will give hints to available lossless music, online store reviews (if they exists), software, components (hardware) and any other reason to post something in here once in a while!
But what's wrong anyway?
So I want my music in a lossless format. Lossless means you lose nothing. I want to choose myself how I will use this digital copy. I'm listening music on my main system? I need lossless. I want to copy it on my iPhone? 256kps or 320kps please.
The current offer is very thin in this regard.
Most indie record labels offers a voucher to download a mp3 copy for their vinyl albums. Most large record companies have no vouchers. The iTunes store and Amazon sell music at 256kps.
With the rapid growth of storage and relative cheapness, along with fast internet access, there's no needs for compressed music.
iTunes sells sub-CD quality songs for 0.99$ (and now for as much as 1.29$). That's 10 to 12$ per albums. A product where there is now no physical item to produce, no inventory to maintain, no sell figures to estimate how many CDs to produce and no shipping. Don't you have the feeling of being ripped off? I'm sure it's not the artists who get all the extra money.
Where can I buy my lossless copy of the new Bod Dylan album? ........ nowhere that
You can download it though! And probably before its release date too.
I pirate music. I mentioned that I buy vinyl albums. I currently
don't have a choice, if I want a lossless digital copy, of an album I already bought, I need to go for the torrents.
Every problem faced by the lossless music seeker also exists in the film and television industries. Price, quality, availability, sinking business model...
In this blog, I will concentrate of what i love the most: music.
Out to go listen to the new Decemberists album!