Can CMX Save The Album?

New File Format Combines Music, Graphics, Text & Video      13/08/09
Can CMX Save The Album?
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Big four record labels Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI are working together to launch CMX, a new digital album download format.

CMX, which is expected to launch in November, will combine music, liner notes, artwork and videos into a new type of downloadable album. The labels hope that the new format will generate more interest in album downloads, vs singles.

According to a label source, "Ours will be a file that you click on, it opens and it would have a totally brand-new look, with a launch page and all the different options. When you click on it you’re not just going to get the ten tracks, you’re going to get the artwork, the video and mobile products.”

On first glance, the CMX digital album format looks like a solution in search of a problem.

Album sales are declining in large part because digital downloads have given people what they want - the freedom to buy the songs they like, instead of a package that labels have put together.

Another challenge facing the format is that Apple is rumored to be developing its own enhanced album format. If Apple doesn't support CMX with iTunes and its iPod portable media players, the format will probably be dead in the water.

What do you think of the idea of a new digital album format? Is there a need for a type of album, or is the music industry just trying to recapture the past?

via Times Online

James Lewin
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Gav S    Said...

Something needs to be done about artwork and tagging. My IPod has gone nutso with wrong Artwork etc. I reckon something like this could work, particularly if it incorporates mp3 or can convert without loss of quality. It will be important to me to be able to delete individual tracks out of it as well. But, I am sure they will put their heads together and suck the life out of it with exclusivity, ads, drm or whatever other nasty things they can conjure up for the self effacing illusion of controlling their wealth...

14-Aug-09 03:28 AM


The Guvnor    Said...

I am probably in the minority in that I hardly ever download single tracks, but go for the full album instead unless there is no album that a track belongs on. I like album art, liner notes, & lyrics, and that was previously my main reason for hanging on to the last vestiges of CD purchases) along with having a physical product that does not have to be re-purchased when hard drives die, etc. But... I cant really see people purchasing albums just to get JPEGs & PDFs of the artwork, etc. which will probably sit on harddrives & not get viewed.

18-Aug-09 12:29 AM


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