IEEE Spectrum: The Future of Music
Whether the loudness war can end and give rise to the next generation of high-fidelity audio depends heavily on the attitudes of consumers. Unlike the CD and DVD video, there is no overwhelming industrial push toward the next level of sound quality. How songs and albums will sound will depend entirely on whether or not the listener actually cares about the intricacies of the music.
Thanks for the link, Steve.
My albums One Guitar and christmas + santa fe were mastered without compression. The upcoming download-only album Up Close: The Fritz Files was also mastered without compression. These albums might not do so well when mixed with “loud” albums, either on a mix-CD or as part of a mp3 playlist, but I think you will enjoy the dynamics, which are far greater.