I'm writing to you on behalf of audio engineers, voice over performers, and project studio owners the world over.
Techies like me were very excited about your January 2010 announcement regarding HD video streaming, and having played with it, I was quite surprised by how well it worked on even my modest home internet connection (I only support a 1mbps up stream).
As well as the service worked, however, it still left me feeling a little hollow. As recording engineers, we regularly have to record talent remotely, sometimes even up to half a world away. In this day and age of high speed business broadband, what do you think is still the primary way that this recording is facilitated?
We use phone lines to send "high quality" audio to other studios across the country and the world. Plus, this "high quality" usually maxes out around 128K AAC (most recordings are actually 64k). European cellphone video chat likely sends as high a quality audio stream (though lacking our studio and gear of course).
There are of course expensive and proprietary solutions that use data networks to send audio, but adoption has been slow, either do to initial teething pains in the services or high costs (even if those costs are lower than ISDN).
It got me thinking. If only there was a service in place that could create a point to point (or peer to peer) connection capable of sending a higher quality audio stream than ISDN.
And that's where you come in.
See, if you're capable of linking our computers to engage in real time 720p video calling at 30 frames per second, SURELY you'd be capable of granting us a 256kbps or higher audio only connection.
You would become the hero of studios nation and world wide.
You could single-handedly lift the entire recording industry out of the data dark ages.
And We would gladly pay for a stable service.
I hope you take this proposal under advisement.