I just reponded in a similar thread... here goes.,.
After the .com and telecom collapse, the remaining companys are struggling to keep thier networks running right now. I work for a T1/t3 high speed provider for small businesses.
Let me tell you, this is a load of crap. The networks are not nearly strong enough to deliver HD TV to even 1/5th of the avergae consumer market, hell, they cannot even deliver DSL or high speed access to most of the country.
Combine that with the economy and the very very reserved spending that companys have adopted in order to keep operating. No company will invest in such aoutward push to deliver a product that brings in such little money with so much ferver.
networks are not exactly popping up anymore, and the remaining networks are very very picky about what they do.
That being said, most people do not have access. They wont for quite some time. The networks are simply too expencive to create, and too expencive to maintain to make it cost effective.
plus, people like thier cd's. people like thier dvd's.
You dont have to be an audiophile to realize this is a massive step back in quality.
this artical is crap. I have absolutly no faith in the conclusions.
Remember what they said the year 2000 would be like back in the 80's?
this is wishful thinking
the decline in sales is because cd's are overpriced for the quality.
you get higher quality on DVD's for roughly the same price, Consumers realise this and it pisses them off. They feel they are overpriced and would rather stream it and get lower quality audio because then they feel like they arent getting ripped off.
i hate to say it, but the value of a product is determined by the consumer demand. The demand to pay 15 bucks for a cd is declining. Basically, they just arent worth it anymore.
If they want to salvage anything, they need a format that is as good as CD, flexable with the content, and cheap.
this does not mean CD's will go away, because not enough people have access to systems to get streaming audio.