How will the music industry business model change with high resolution downloads?
If one can pay a one time fee to download a high resolution .flac file that's equivalent to the original master onto their PC, make as many copies as they like to send to friends, or perhaps even sell on the black market, how will the music industry sustain itself?
Won't artists and recording producers simply stop making new music albums if the profit margin becomes to small to make a fair profit?
I don’t think many people have thought this high resolution download business model through very well. I’ll be very surprised if high resolution downloads even reach the limited selection SACD’s have afforded. There’s currently over 6600 SACD’s listed on SACD.net and only 10% of that number of high resolution downloads on HDTracks.
I don't believe musicians or producers are going to simply take the word of music lovers that proclaim they will never "copy" high resolution music because they can afford retail prices. I also don't think they're going to spend significant sums of money producing albums only to promote concerts. And I doubt a group of musicians would expend significant effort and money to produce an album for direct distribution that has the potential of being copied rather than paid for?
IMO the music industry will never allow the potential to wholesale copy their music master files onto DVD’s or USB flash drives to be given away to friends or sold on the black market!