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Re: Sony ditches ATRAC

Subject: Re: Sony ditches ATRAC
From: "Rob Danielson" danielson_rob
Date: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:18 am ((PDT))
At 4:21 PM +0000 8/31/07, Greg Weddig wrote:
>Maybe this isn't really news but I thought I'd post it here anyway:
>I'm not sure what this means in terms of new consumer minidisc
>recorders, probably not good.  With the lineup of low cost solid state
>recorders increasing, it may cease to be a viable product in a few
>years.  Except in Japan.
>The issue that does exist however is the difficulty in archiving
>digital only media.  With the minidiscs it was easy to have yourself a
>tangible backup.
>--greg weddig

Thanks Greg. The report seems to only address two new players but one 
would assume future recorders as well.  Many of us could definitely 
use a plug-in to decode ATRAC into .wav files in real time.  The 
mentioned "cross-encoding"  (cross re-encoding?) tool for ATRAC ->wma 
& mp3 is not sufficient but its a step in the right direction.

I encourage recordists with a lot of disks that are not fully 
transferred and/or backed-up to write Sony Customer Service and 
reiterate the need for a ATRAC -> wav converter that will allow one 
to more easily reclaim the full quality of our field recordings now 
that Sony plans to phase out support for ATRAC. They included a 
similar decoder feature in Vegas; we need it as a plug-in for both PC 
and Mac audio apps or at least a freestanding app with bit depth and 
sample rate options.

I wonder how this will affect Sony's future recorders? We still need 
uncompressed recording capability. Perhaps the good news is the 
dropping of their "Connect" music delivery business.  With these 
interests at rest, it could be Sony will permit .wav recording 
directly with simple drag-copy downloading like all of the new 
recorders coming out. Rob D.

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