May 7, 2008

Blu-ray to replace DVD's

The new generation of storage technology, more features, large space and high quality video and sounds perfect for all geeks. Rockstar Neil Young plans to re-release his albums from the past to the present using the blu-ray disc technology. Young revealed his plans Tuesday at a Sun Microsystems Inc. conference in San Francisco. Blu-ray discs can be easily updated over internet and supports java technology created for creating interactive menus which truly admired by Young.

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.