[quote]Originally posted by Amorph:
It wouldn't be any more cumbersome than offering a digital out, since so many external speaker systems and stereo components use analog. I'd have to use a converter to plug a Mac into my stereo regardless of whether it was S/PDIF out or FireWire out, so why not go with FireWire? It's already out there on millions of Macs. Including mine. Not that that biases my argument at all.
Guys, I know a lot of you probably already know this, but so far nobody has said it, so allow me:
S/PDIF sux, it's a late 80's relic ... it carries dual channel digital audio ... well whoopdi-fricken'-doo.
Song names? Nope:
Media Meta data (EQ, Mix type, run times, etc etc?): Nope
Gear Negotiation data?: Nope
Just a plain vanilla Stereo stream, that can be de-coded for lesser resolution discreet 5.1 at your leasure; thru any one of many incompatible 5.1 formats.
Apples' gotta do this right:
FW800, so the connectors don't fry your powerBook's Mobo by accident if you connect with the power on, and also so HDTV bandwidth isn't an issue.
Needless to say, this standard should NOT be just audio, it should be for video and audio, and the gear negotiates with each other as required, including any encryted copy protect fricken keys.
If the RIAA ever expects the good old days to come back again, they'd better offer something incredible for the money, so far, the best they can do is litigation.