[access-uk] Re: Mp3 to AAC?

What you say makes some sense Tristram, but I'm still wondering where the local 
costs come in in this model of distribution.  Local taxes of course is one 
area.  I'd have thought that copyright issues would be international now, so 
surely the licencing of music for download is the same where ever you are, 
although, I'm open to enlightenment here.

Then again, does it make a difference where inthe the world the server is 
located that you are downloading from?  I simply do not know.

I wwas, mi lord, a little less than truthful about never having downloaded 
music.  I have downloaded all nine Beethoven synphonies for free from the 
Beeb's site in the last few weeks.  Heaven only knows how they cleared the 
rights for that!here.
Ray

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tristram Llewellyn" <tris-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 11:08 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mp3 to AAC?


> Actually the UK iTunes is knocking out singles at 79p a track, though this 
> may not be the exact equivolent of 99 cents it's not bad, bear in mind VAT 
> for one thing.  The fact is that goods and services cost differently in 
> different areas of the world so it is unlikely to all local markets can 
> reflect a flat international pricing structure unless you know it's going to 
> cover all your costs and make you a little money in the process.  This could 
> be very difficult to do when things change in a particular area as regards 
> running costs.
> 
> The traditional entertainment industry is having a hard time whilst new 
> players in the market shift the balance of power somewhat.  Bypassing the 
> traditional distribution channels will hopefully create a more competitive 
> market.  However the fear Ray expresses about the buyouts is a possibility, 
> nobody knows just yet.
> 
> Regards.
> 
> Tristram Llewellyn
> Sight and Sound Technology
> Technical Support
> www.sightandsound.co.uk
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 10:40 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mp3 to AAC?
> 
> 
> I'd like to come in here on the thread, but I'll confess here and now that 
> I've never downloaded a track yet from anywhere!
> 
> On the technical front, Tristram is right to look to reduced HD activity as 
> a means of economising on battery life.  Might I also hazzard a guess that 
> some codecs are more processor intensive than others and this must play a 
> part.  I'm thinking here of the very intensive processor use of the data 
> reduction scheme patented by Yamaha, whose name escapes me just now.
> 
> On the cost front, well being able to pick 'n' mix is really good.  At the 
> risk of hereing people say, 'oh, here it comes again' why do we pay 99p, for 
> the same tracks, without any packaging or other 'benefit' in theUK while in 
> the US its $99?  There's nothing in the distribution of a download, surely, 
> to justify that price hype?
> 
> All I am arguing for is an level international price structure.  I've never 
> wanted my music for free, not least because I have generally much to much 
> respect for musicians to want that;  a little less respect, often for the 
> record companies though!  Without wanting to divert possibly into another 
> thread, I cannot help but think the record companies are just as much anoyed 
> at the prospect of computer companies becoming the big boys in music 
> distribution rather than record companies themselves, never mind piracy! 
> Then again, maybe the record conglomorates are already looking to get a 
> sizable stock holding in computer related firms, if not taking them over?
> Ray
> 
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Tristram Llewellyn" <tris-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:24 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mp3 to AAC?
> 
> 
>> The AAC format may have some affect on battery life to the good, less disk
>> activity means power saved, this can accumilate.  I personally think the
>> benefit may be a little overstated by Apple, the battery life of the iPods
>> not being the best but perfectly usable nonetheless.
>>
>> Apple and other download stores do actually have the right to retail music
>> downloads, costs ranging from about 74p to 99p per track.  One of the
>> complaints consumers have made in the wake of the download revolution is a
>> technical means of mixing and matching tracks rather than having to buy
>> whole expensive albums just for the one or two tracks you want.  Now that
>> such mechanism are in existence and beginning to develop there will be 
>> tbose
>> who are still not happy, but a growing number fortunately seem not be 
>> averse
>> to this form of commerce and the bottom line is there are no free lunches.
>>
>> Regards.
>>
>> Tristram Llewellyn
>> Sight and Sound Technology
>> Technical Support
>> www.sightandsound.co.uk
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Peter Logue" <peterlogue@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:22 AM
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mp3 to AAC?
>>
>>
>> Damon wrote:
>> Apple report several hours difference in battery life if you use non AAK
>> files.
>>
>> Peter thinks.
>> Hmm, very suspect is this. I honestly can't see why there would be a 
>> battery
>> life difference if you prefer mp3 over aac.
>> Could there be, oh, I don't know, a bottom line, monitory reason for such 
>> a
>> statement, given that Apple sell aac files on their music for 99p download
>> site? I'd be shocked if anyone actually fell for this one. Smiles
>>
>> Peter
>>
>>
>>
>> Peter
>>
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