EMI in talks to buy Warner Music!

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  1. Lee Scoggins

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    There is also an interesting news article in the Wall Street Journal on this that talks about Alain Levy's goal of looking beyond the typical sales numbers that the record business normally does and also looking at "profitability" by backing out marketing costs.

    This could be a step in the right direction, and EMI has certainly been supporting hirez of late, like the print campaign for DSOTM (they own Capitol).

    EMI and Warner would have some IP in DVDA, however and one could envision that EMI would continue to do DVDAs to keep that investment worthwhile and also support SACD.

    I'm anxious to see what happens, but at the very least it is indicative of the tough times in music.
     
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    I would love it if Warner started supporting SACD. I don't want to start a format war here but I would shed no tears if they used this merger as an excuse to write off DVD-A completely.

    Speaking from a software basis I don't see how DVD-A will catch up to SACD. The local Best Buy has sections for DVD-A and SACD, and while the SACD selection isn't the greatest, it is much better than the DVD-A selection (which is even punier if you don't count all the DTS music disks they have in with the DVD-A's).

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    I am not sure how to answer this without starting a format war, but I think it would be easier on all if just one hirez format existed. I think there is a lot of vested interest in DVDA so it might be difficult for that to go away overnight.

    You are right about the title selection of Super Audio being better (about 3X more titles) but there is a lot of good stuff on DVDA, particularly for us Steely Dan and Donald Fagen fans.
     
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    Weirdly enough, another huge title on Capitol Records is The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. EMI decided on DVD-A for this title on their own, no Sony $$$ were involved, unlike with DSoTM.

    It's a shame this title is overlooked in all the DSoTM hype. This title was a tremendous technical accomplishment when considering the era (1966). It also inspired the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band I listened to this disc 3 or 4 times this weekend and am simply astounded by the craftsmanship.

    Sadly, SACD in my "big rig" is out for awhile, as my SACD1000 decided to go a bit nuts and is out for repair.

    At this point, it's talks and there's a bit of ground to cover between where we are now, and a completed acquisition.

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    Mentioned on a post at the AA forum...EMI's senior VP get's interviewed by Medialine:

     
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    More positive comments from EMI execs on high resolution:

     

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