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Communication Technology Update, 9th Edition by Jennifer H. Meadows, August E. Grant

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Digital Audio

Ted Carlin, Ph.D.*

Digital diversity continues to drive today’s audio industry, and it is giving consumers more ways than ever to enjoy digital audio. The industry has released a number of digital audio options designed to enhance the realism and impact of prerecorded music through surround-sound and home theater technology, deliver new digital audio download and streaming options via the Internet, and provide Internet-delivered music without users being tied to a computer.

Following a weak economy and resulting declines in audio purchases in 2001 and 2002, audio sales rebounded strongly in 2003. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the audio category is benefiting from rapid consumer adoption of digital products, ...

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