Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Some Impressive Apple Stats

"...According to Apple, more than 315 million iOS devices have sold as of Jan. 24. Apple's cloud-based music service iCloud with iTunes Match launched in November, and has garnered 85 million users. There are now 225 million active iTunes users and 20 million songs on iTunes. Users have downloaded 16 billion songs from iTunes, and Christmas Day 2011 alone saw more than 140 million downloads from iTunes. (Source: Billboard)..."

I wonder if these numbers are US only though....?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Do We Really Need a Next-Gen Audio Standard...?

Apparently, Neil Young is looking for a wealthy sponsor to help 
invent/promote a new hi-fi digital format that lets listeners experience more of a studio playback experience

So....while I'm waiting to win the lottery to help him with this commendable quest...are there any takers out there?

Seriously though , while vinyl is still very cool, and I agree mp3 is outdated, how many average people complain about the fidelity of CD/DVD's or quality rips made from them?

While philosophically I agree with the concept of pursuing the most realistic preservation and dissemination of the "realness" and magic in the bits,  the sad truth (and reality that we live in) is that today/tomorrow's generations consider the fidelity of download stores and streaming options "good enough."

What say you....?