I have couple of digitally watermarked pre-release and promo albums, they suffer no audible artifacts.davedotco said:Digital 'watermarking' is commonplace on some labels and is said to be audible. That is not to say all watermarking is inaudible, but it certainly doesn't have to be that way.Overdose said:This is a very cynical viewpoint, but probably not too far from the truth.davedotco said:Secondly there seems to be a move in the music undustry to 'limit' CD quality, so that they can sell 'better' hi-res versions to more discerning listeners.
I think that high res files though, are unlikely to be anything other than niche and particular to the enthusiast market. The tech savvy 'Beats' generation by and large, will either be uninterested or not sucked in.
Furthermore, the heavily compressed 'mass market' product that dominates pop/rock recordings is deliberately produced, the record companies know exactly what they are doing and master their product accordingly.
Not everyone uses excessive dynamic compression and loudness that can be gained by the use of compression, is very useful. It's only the mainstream recordings that follow this path en masse anyway though and it's the mainstream the most people buy into.
Those same people that buy into mainstream music in their masses, are also far less interested about compression than most enthusiasts. It is, in most cases, not the big issue that enthusiasts make it out to be and tub thumping about 'quality' just opens up the gullible to buying into the whole high res thing hook, line and sinker.