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Re: arsclist Demise of label product?
At 09:36 AM 7/1/2002 -0700, Paul T. Jackson wrote:
Here is an interesting thought. Will streaming as indicated here make
produced/manufacturered recordings obsolete...perhaps similar to what the
digital camera may be doing to the photo film industry (if cameras become
In some fields, I believe it will - and should. This harks back to an
argument I've made for some years about "sizzle" and "steak".
The record companies are under the false impression that their product is
the music; in fact, it is the packaging. That is, for decades it has been
possible and practical to reproduce the music at will. Though it is only
recently that the reproduction (CD-R) can match the original (CD-DA), the
differences with tape were not great enough to bother most users. The
reason that original tapes and LPs sold was that they offered a package -
typically including a booklet but always including artwork - which had
value to the consumer. Recently, collateral products from concerts to tee
shirts have provided supplementary income often exceeding that of the
released recording (at least to the artists).
The analogy with film is a poor one at this time, though some day it may
not be. A 35-mm frame has about 35 Megapixels of resolution at 100 lpm, far
more than any digital camera yet achieves. Needless to say, a larger format
offers still more. Film also provides many more than 8 bits of resolution
per color. While this is of no practical difference to the average
photographer, it is important to the professional.
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