What happened to the career trajectory of audio and video, for decades members of the same club? When quality counts, video is the superstar.
Television shoppers only want the best, so they look for a 1080p set. (Watch out, new Ultra HD televisions are on the way.) But at a viewing distance of 9 feet from a 42-inch screen, the human eye cannot tell the difference between 1080p and 720p — the extra lines of resolution, and the extra money, are wasted.
But people insist on the highest resolution. The 480p DVD evolved into 1080p Blu-ray. Music, meanwhile, remains stuck in another era, the late 20th century, and the early days of digital music downloads. In those days, agonizingly slow dial-up speeds made downloading a music CD’s uncompressed files impractical. It took hours.