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Thursday, 12 August 2004 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
The Los Angeles Times is reporting some legal snags for the CD/DVD Dual Disc format even before it is released. In an article that was recently posted on the Times’ website said that Philips, who owns much of the intellectual property behind the Compact Disc and licenses the CD logo, wouldn’t let Dual Disc use the CD logo because it didn’t fit into the CD spec. Another angry party is the German firm that created the first Dual Disc. According to the Times, DVD Plus is claiming WEA has breeched their contract which has allowed the record conglomerate to continue to develop the two sided audio-video disc.
Friday, 23 July 2004 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
The Dual Disc has been approved to be an official DVD format by the DVD forum and now the remaining major record labels are scurrying to get their content in order for a pending launch of the half-CD/half-DVD discs to consumers. A pre-Christmas launch would be most desirable. However, creating or reworking a classic album into an audio/video surround sound masterpiece reportedly takes anywhere from 12 to 18 weeks, even by the most experienced mixers, masterers and authors of high-resolution discs.
Monday, 10 May 2004 ,  Written by Kate Regan
Gibson Guitar Corporation has joined forces with computer chip manufacturers 3Com and Xilinx to produce an all-digital guitar to be released later this year. The guitar boasts new technology that will convert traditional analog signals to high-quality digital signals inside of the guitar. Gibson says the new guitar will work to completely eliminate analog line signals and stray frequencies, providing a clean sound minus the “hum” that mono and stereo outputs create. Another perk of the digital guitar is the string-by-string signal processing. This technology will allow players to control volume, pan and equalization of each individual string. The new guitar will cost approximately $1,000 - $1,500 more than a Gibson standard model electric guitar. Gibson also says it will be 100% compatible with all of their existing equipment.
Friday, 30 April 2004 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
The RIAA has recently released a sales report for recorded music for 2003, along with comparisons to years past, for all recorded media. CD sales still ruled supreme in 2003, with nearly 756 million total discs sold. However, that number was down 7.1 percent over 2002’s total number of CDs sold. DVD-Audio sales remained stagnant in 2003, with a 0.08 percent increase in sales to approximately 400,000, says the RIAA’s “2003 Yearend Statistics” report. Sales for DVD-Audio discs were first tracked in 2001 at about 300,000 units and increased to 400,000 units in 2002. Music industry executives point out that these numbers could be slightly on the low side, because Soundscan allegedly has yet to track DVD-Audio sales on the Internet, which is currently the best place for fans of the format to purchase discs. Nevertheless, total DVD-Audio total sales at ...
Friday, 12 December 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
With the ink still drying on the Warner Music acquisition, the big question that audio enthusiasts who are following the high resolution audio format war are asking is – will Edgar Bronfman’s team continue to support the DVD-Audio format? is told by a source very close to the development of the DVD-Audio format as well as an expert on SACD that there is one strong reason why WEA will remain DVD-Audio’s biggest supporter. That reason is TimeWarner’s continued ownership of some of the intellectual property for DVD-Audio. Even without owning a vast empire of record labels TimeWarner could possibly rake in tens of millions of dollars on royalty money in the case DVD-Audio or a DVD-Audio flip disc becomes the music industry’s standard for the sale of prerecorded music. Bronfman will likely face bigger, more immediate problems than what to do with high resolution audio and surround sound music regarding the short term success ...
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