… as John Donne may have said.

[EDIT: In fact he didn't. As Dom rightly points out it should read: Send not to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for CD. Although my subsequent reserach says "Never send to know .." but I like Dom's version better.]

I have decided to offer my services to industry or anyone else, indeed, who will pay upward of a $1 bezillion every year for me to act as their inhouse Futurologist. Wikipedia can define it as they may but for me a Futurologist is someone who guesses the future and statistically gets it right 1% more than a man on the Clapham Omnibus. I’ll take those odds.

At the start of the year I posted about the Music Industry and made reference to high-end audio manufacturers and reference hard disk based players:

Already on the market is at least one hi-fi music storage system (note to self: need to find that link) and as this is just the source of the bits (in the same way as a CD is) then the audiophile specialisation of pre/power amplification and speakers remain untouched. So we should see the likes of Naim produce reference hard disk based equivalents of their CD players.

And today I discover this little beauty just announced by Naim as part of their naimnet multi-room offering.


For CDs the fat lady is in the wings practicing her scales. For me it should be abundantly clear that I can see the future and deserve a great deal of money in recompense :)