Editor's note: here's a nifty story sure to cool your cockles...or something or other. It's by Jerry Del Colliano and it just ran on avrev.com
The social impact of Apple’s iPod can’t be denied. In one modest handful of technology anyone can carry around and or play any one of 10,000 of their favorite songs, TV shows, movies and beyond. It has changed the way people listen to music as well as the way they buy it. Downloadable music has become a three billion dollar per year business as compared to nine billion per year for the domestic sales of Compact Discs. In fact the iPod is likely the most important thing to happen to recorded music since the CD.
But all isn’t well in the world of consumer electronics – especially at the high-end. Apple, known in the computer world as the high-end solution with entry level computers that start at $2,500 (without a monitor), have taken the idea of buying and viewing music and movies to the ghetto, and along with it has gone the profit margins for specialty dealers as well as many of America’s best independent record stores. Music from iTunes, even to the untrained ear, sounds significantly worse than it does on CD, yet an iPod seems to be the audio source of choice over DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray or HD DVD. More importantly, the music from iTunes is recorded in stereo and not in any of the popular surround sound formats that tried to gain a foothold on the failed audio disc formats of DVD-Audio and SACD. Flat HDTVs are one reason to head to the stereo shop (one dealers can’t seem to make any money on), but why buy a new pair of speakers when all you listen to is stripped down music on your iPod? CONTINUE