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Some Notes On iTunes LP (Jay Robinson)

Author: Colin | Published: 14/9/09

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Good coverage of the iTunes ‘LP’ format announced at the Apple event last week. Except that I’m not feeling those designs at all. Better ones can always be produced, but wouldn’t it have been really special if Apple had provided the ability to assemble our own collections of images, video and data around our albums in a sort of open scrapbook format. Of course that might not have sold so many albums. Or maybe it would have encouraged even further take-up of iTunes.

Some Notes On iTunes LP ยท Jay Robinson


Comments

  1. Interesting, but i felt like stopping reading when the words “high-quality 256kbps AAC format” appeared in the opening paragraph.

    Seriously, i’ll *begin* to consider these kinds of gimmicks when the industry realises people want LOSSLESS format. i mean, come on – they’re trying to push a “deluxe” format here – the least one can expect is a lossless option. Until then, not interested, not one tiny little bit.

    Comment by Simon — September 14, 2009 @ 5:28 pm
  2. My thoughts are similar, Jay:
    http://jinsai.blogspot.com/2009/08/cmx-see-cocktail-failure.html
    and
    http://jinsai.blogspot.com/2009/08/cocktail-digital-album-art-failure-in.html

    Comment by Jinsai — September 14, 2009 @ 8:12 pm
  3. I know what you mean Simon, but I don’t think the industry is ready for FLAC. Don’t forget even the States is moving towards metered rather than unlimited bandwidth.

    Jay, interesting posts you’ve written – the announcement will have clearly disappointed you too.

    Comment by Colin — September 14, 2009 @ 8:49 pm
  4. ummm, 98% of people, including you, the commenters here, i’d wager cannot tell the difference when presented with a blindfold test of AAC vs. 128 MP3 VS. FLAC on their headphones via an ipod.

    i’m in the recording industry and i’ve witnessed or read the results of three of these tests. people are NOT clamoring for FLAC. and btw, it *pains* me to admit this, as a recording professional, cuz i go to great pains to make anything i work on sound the best. but them’s the breaks….

    Comment by kj — September 14, 2009 @ 11:17 pm
  5. It’s psychological. I think, on the whole, people who take interest in the larger world of music outside of mainstream Pop *are* clamoring for lossless, because, in one way or the other, it has been reinforced over and over that quality matters somehow. For years! Over and over — be it the musicians, the technicians, the marketers, whatever…buying deluxe box sets of 180g audiophile wax and then immediately taking crappy mp3s sitting down just becuase the quote industry says so is just incongruent in these people’s minds. Colin and kj, I agree with you mostly, but I side with Simon on this one.

    Comment by Kit — November 28, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

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