updated 04:45 pm EDT, Tue May 6, 2008
Neil Young Blu-ray
Musician Neil Young today said he would take the unusual step of releasing his entire music catalog on Blu-ray discs, making him one of the few artists to make the jump to the standard so far. The extra space on each disc will let the rock musician both boost the sound quality above CDs and downloads but will also give room for extra material such as videos and previously unpublished material. The discs will also be some of the first music-focused Blu-ray titles to use BD-Live and will let users download extra tracks and photos to PlayStation 3s and other players that support Internet access and storage for Blu-ray titles.
Young explains that the decision was made because of the technical limits of past physical formats such as DVD, which have made it impractical to read and view extras without interrupting the audio track in the background. More recent Blu-ray movie standards have depended on the ability to multitask, including for picture-in-picture playback in the version 1.1 profile as well as the Internet functions of profile 2.0.