The MD format is in desperate need of a revamp, this new NET MD feature might as well save the format, or it will leave it in
the dust for sure if it doesn't raise the bar.
First off, there is no way MD ,as much as I love it (I have three md walkmans and 2 component decks from sony and aiwa), will
be able to compete with mp3 hardware, unless sony spends some big bucks in advertising and make this NET MD thing really
A good start would be making the Open MG software more flexible, by broadening the spectrum of compression options (sorry but
132k as the maximun quality for SP mode doesn't cut it!), currently, for those of you who haven't noticed, the quality for SP
should be 292k as it has always been for conventional MD standards.
And remember that most people stayed away from mp3s beacause they sounded crappy and embraced MD for the higher quality.
If sony decides to look the other way at this quality downgrade that the NET MD format represents (at least with the current
end user software) it might end up not convincing the hardcore MD followers
about the need for this new NET MD feature, making some snobish noses
to turn away from the format and not convincing the general public either,
which at this point needs to be enticed with more options and
flexibility (yes, I believe this is the key word here) than the ones they would get with their current mp3 toys.
This flexibility would include of course, the uploading of recorded material to a computer.
I am sure many people like parents would buy the units for lets say, making high quality digital recordings at an incredibly cheap price (where else would they turn for this?) of their sons first words or piano lessons or students who might want to
record their teachers' speeches or whatever you can think of, and then uploading the data (I also think data is the best way to think as of the material recorded onto an MD) to a computer where it would be nicely preserved and then if that's an option, reproduced.
The thing is all about value at this point for NetMd and what might honestly, and sadly may very well be the final days of the format, that is unless drastic improval is made.