[linux-audio-dev] Re: Any interest in DVD-Audio?

Alfons Adriaensen fons.adriaensen at alcatel.be
Tue Mar 8 11:25:36 UTC 2005

On Tue, Mar 08, 2005 at 11:12:49AM +0100, Jens M Andreasen wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-03-07 at 22:17 +0100, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 07, 2005 at 09:32:16PM +0100, Jens M Andreasen wrote:
> > 
> > > Isn't this reading the spec upside down? As I understand it, it is the
> > > disc that must follow the spec in order to be playable in a DVD-A
> > > player. A manufacturer can produce a combined CD/RW/DVD+-[A-Z]/credit
> > > card/FLAC toaster if there is a market for such a product.
> > 
> > I'm not so sure about that. Every manufacturer would need a license 
> > from the DVD consortium, and there will be conditions attached.
> > 
> ... and we don't know these conditions, so here we have reached a dead
> end!

You can be sure that these conditions will be in the interest of the DVD
consortium, and therefore will

- require strict adherence to the DVD specs,
- not favour any open consumer formats.

> ...
> So the artists simply do not depend on the major labels for distribution
> anymore.

Some artist have chosen not to depend on the major labels. But that is
a long way from your generalisation above. Most artist still _do_ depend
on them, and that will not change overnight.

> We are drifting away here, but Dave Chapmans original considerations
> still makes sense in the context of a theater or otherwise acoustically
> controlled environment.

Dave's project is interesting as it would provide the means to author
a format that is accepted by mainstream consumer equipment. For local
or specialised operations you could as well just use WAV files.

> The most likely outcome is that DVD-A/SACD will
> be abondoned completely, and replaced with userfriendly formats.

It would be a very _desirable_ outcome to have open consumer formats,
but that is not sufficient to make it the 'most likely' one IMHO.


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