For the last several years, I have felt like a champion of what seemed initially to be a failed format: SA-CD and DVD-A – I arrived there by the very amusing possibilities of 5.1 audio, on album titles that I was fond of. Failed formats? There are 2011 new releases in both formats! I just got King Crimson “Starless & Bible Black” as a CD + DVD-A title and I also just got brand new Japanese issues of Yes “Fragile” and Deep Purple “Machine Head” as 2011 5.1 SA-CD’s! So, renewed interest in Japan is keeping rock music on SA-CD alive? There are still literally tons of new classical titles on SA-CD (mostly in Europe).
But it does really look like DualDisc is dead – despite those high profile Talking Heads ones – CD on one side and DVD on the other? I’m ready for DualDisc to join the crate of failed formats.
I was and am very fond of Sony MiniDisc. It’s still my favorite digital recording medium, largely due to the sophisticated editing capabilities. But – there are certainly no new pre-recorded MD’s anymore – even the black discs are getting tough to source locally.
Cassettes had a stellar run, didn’t they?But it seems to be a doomed format now, with no more car decks, and even the mighty Walkman is now a museum curio (I bet they still sell the Walkman knock-off in downtown L.A.!) are DCC’s 100% gonzo? I bet they are. I do have an example of one for my format crate, however.
Laserdisc – great! DVD – great! Will DVD really get shunted aside in favor of BluRay? Goodbye tape! No more VHS. Beta, 3/4″ U-Matic – all out to pasture! So nice to see vinyl holding it’s own – with 45, 10″, LP – but for how much longer?
Reel-to-reels, L Cassettes, Playtape, 8 track, 4 track…I say that they should bring back (or introduce) a device that records music and stores it on tape or disc, with really amazing editing possibilities, and instant access – of, wait. They already did they with MD.