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Re: Sony ditches ATRAC

Subject: Re: Sony ditches ATRAC
From: "Philip Tyler" macmang4125
Date: Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:32 pm ((PDT))
In effect what you are after already exists, as with
the MZ RH1 anything recorded on 'older' mini-disc's
can be downloaded and turned into wav's. So for
instance mini-disk's I recorded years ago on a very
early machine. I have now downloaded and have saved
all those tracks as wav's on my 'collection' of hard
drives. So the software already exists it just needs
Sony to release it for general use rather than
limiting it to owners of the MZ RH1.
--- Rob Danielson <> wrote:

> 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:
> >
> >~~or~~
> >
> >
> >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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