Better mastered music could be on the way!
This was posted in Cno's DS thread, and contains what I think is some very interesting information.
To quote Hugh Robjohns, the technical editor of Sound on Sound magazine, the way music is mastered could be going to change and the 'loudness wars' could be nearing their end!
"And the thing we need them to do is to adopt the ITU-R BS1770 loudness metering standards that are now being implemented across the TV industry worldwide, and will be introduced to the radio industry in the next few years. That should have the desired effect on the music industry as they will quickly discover that hyper-compressed mixing sounds as weak and feeble on the radio and TV as it really is! By 'normalising' audio material to the 'loudness' rather than the 'peak' level, everything gets better! Hyper-compressed material sounds weak, feeble and boring, while dynamic material sounds lively, natural, powerful (when appropriate) and interesting... and that's exactly what you want."
The full thread is worth reading, and some may find it informative (the replies are from recording industry professionals) but the above is what I find really exciting. Bring it on! And thanks to Neuphonix for highlighting it.