NBC: Musicians embrace Blu-ray format

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Wed May 7 12:03:39 EDT 2008


  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Rocker Neil Young plans to release 
his entire music archive on Blu-ray discs, a sign that the discs' 
capabilities are building appeal among musicians as well as movie studios.


Most of the Blu-ray discs manufactured so far have been used for 
high-definition movies.

Blu-ray discs hold much more data than DVDs, are easily updated over the 
Internet and offer better picture and sound quality.

Young revealed his plans Tuesday at a Sun Microsystems Inc. conference 
in San Francisco.

Santa Clara-based Sun makes the Java technology that gives Blu-ray discs 
their interactive menus and ability to accept updates over an Internet 
connection.

The first installment of Young's archive will cover the years 1963 to 
1972 and will be released as a 10-disc set this fall on Reprise/Warner 
Bros. Records.

Young said the archives will be released chronologically and include 
some previously unreleased songs, videos, handwritten manuscripts and 
other memorabilia, in addition to the high-resolution audio that Blu-ray 
technology is known for.

Fans can download more content like songs, photos and tour information 
directly to the Blu-ray discs as the content becomes available.

Blu-ray's rival format HD DVD effectively died with maker Toshiba 
Corp.'s announcement in February that it will no longer produce HD DVD 
players.

Most of the Blu-ray discs manufactured so far have been used for 
high-definition movies.

Musical artists such as AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen and Destiny's Child 
released concert videos on Blu-ray discs, but Young's support of the 
technology for his ambitious archive project demonstrates more fully the 
capabilities of Blu-ray as a music medium.

Earlier technology didn't offer the ability to browse archive material 
while listening to songs in high-resolution audio, Young noted.

"Previous technology required unacceptable quality compromises," he said 
in a statement. "I am glad we waited and got it right."

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