Or, perhaps the demand for CDs and FLAC (or lossless in general) just isn't there..
A ways back I did try the 24/192k thing out on my PC for the heck of it by comparing some of the content from his archive series to the regular CD releases of the same songs. While not an ABX test, it did sound fairly different to me (or course I could be imagining it). But different in the remastered kind of way,
FLAC isn't supported in iTunes (and others) because it competes with their own lossless codec. The industry simply does not like lossless because bandwidth costs them money. They dislike it for the same reason that they dislike CDs, because it's something tangible that cuts into their profits. Also because they could care less about you needing to convert to other formats and having generational loss of quality. They care about immediate quality, and to the world, MP3 is good enough because it takes a few seconds to download, versus a few minutes for lossless. Society is 100% about instant gratification.
Quote from: Busemann on 01 February, 2012, 03:34:56 PMOr, perhaps the demand for CDs and FLAC (or lossless in general) just isn't there..I think it's all about control and greed. Music is art, and art doesn't really deserve to be industrialized at all, especially to the point it has been. The execs are the ones reaping all of the benefits. Let the artists control everything including the freedom to deliver in whatever format they want. In this day and age of everyone being connected, the artists don't need representation to get their material out there. So in a nutshell, the industry knew it was getting to be obsolete and then lobbied to become a superpower of control, and now they are just a monopolistic dinosaur with their tentacles all over everything. People really don't deserve to be jailed for downloading music or movies they can't afford. Get rid of the industry, and the music could cost like a dollar for an album while the artists are pulling in the same money they do now, but with freedom.
That's not quite right. If the labels truly were superfluous or obsolete then they wouldn't exist.. It's still very important for artists to have a strong label behind them for various reasons.
They have the power of lobby, and have the power to control what music society is exposed most to. If an artist chooses not to be represented by a label, they simply never make it.
... I don't know of any musicians who've achieved a similar fame through the net, though they may be there....