Originally Posted by jbk
There maybe a market for the hi res format but I have to think that the record companies have excel spreadsheets with market share and profitabity projections that tell them that it isn't worth their time or investment for our piddling market segment.
Not every "investment" can yield the same rate of return, or pay dividends within the same timeframe... and your generalization is totally neglecting the financial reality that many of these labels already OWN these back catalog masters.
Now you didn't really mean to suggest that they should just throw away all these old original masters, because the market demand for re-releasing Hi-Rez versions is too "piddling", did you?
Personally, my "spreadsheet" would INCLUDE a plan to forever exploit older music recordings that still inspire millions of people to whip out their Visa cards.
In other words, continue to release new music in compressed downloads, but ALSO re-package my best classic recordings in the highest resolution possible, including surround re-mixes and other extras that help justify the higher prices.
And it seems that some record companies are not only aware of the intrinsic value of re-mastering these classics, but are even going to support the Vinyl "piddlers" on their upcoming MEGA-releases:
Mothership, a two-CD compilation of 24 remastered tracks culled from all eight Led Zeppelin studio albums is scheduled to be released on November 13th 2007 on the Atlantic/Rhino records label. The tracklist was handpicked by surviving Zep members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones and will boast such signatures as Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Dazed and Confused and Rock and Roll. Mothership will be offered in multiple media configurations:
* Standard Package – 2-CD set.
* Deluxe Edition – 2-CD/ 1-DVD featuring a 90-minute, premiere-version of the "Led Zeppelin" DVD.
* Collector's Edition – 2-CD/1-DVD ultra-deluxe, collectible limited edition.
* Vinyl Edition – 4 LPs, high-end, audiophile quality vinyl with collectible memorabilia.
And that's not all. Also scheduled to drop 11/13/07, on the Warner Home Video label, will be a new DVD version of the concert film The Song Remains the Same, in 5.1 surround sound and expanded to include all 14 songs that were performed during the 1973 Madison Square Garden shows in NYC. Among the extras are performances of Misty Mountain Hop, Over The Hills and Far Away, Celebration Day, and The Ocean; a 1976 BBC interview of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and a Cameron Crowe radio show. TSRTS will also be offered in multiple media configurations:
* Deluxe Edition DVD.
* Deluxe Edition HD DVD and Blu-ray.
* Limited Collector's Edition – A 2-disc set which will include a collectible vintage T-shirt with original album artwork design, Soundtrack CD, lobby cards, reproductions of original premiere invites, tour schedule, and more.