If the music industry is hurting so badly from the huge decline in CD sales, why don’t the 4 majors get together and start a service where people can purchase full wav or even 24-bit downloads? They could advertise it as being far better sound quality than the other guys (Napster, iTunes, Rhapsody, etc) and basically charge the same prices.
Why not? They already control the content. Why not compete in the delivery business? As long as they don’t “F” it up like Sony did when they bought Columbia Pictures 20 years ago, they might return to former profitability.
I suppose they’ve considered this.
Come to think of it… why don’t some of US do this?
Let’s see. If iTunes and Rhapsody both offer 10 million tunes… and each tune is an average of 3.5 minutes long… and a full 16-bit wav takes 20MB per minute…that’s 70MB times 10 million… which equals 700 million megabytes, which is unless I’m WAY off is 700 terrabytes. I one TB drive is about $100, so that comes to $70,000 plus a few thousand for servers and stuff.