Hypebot reports all four major labels are working together to create yet another new format for digital albums, tentatively titled CMX. Scheduled for a soft launch in November, the “new” format promises liner notes, lyrics, artwork, video, et al (you know, the stuff you can find for free) in one single download.
CMX sounds a lot like Apple’s Cocktail project, and apparently they thought so too, as they turned down involvement.
“Apple at first told us that they were not interested, but now they have decided to do their own, in case ours catches on,” a source close to the CMX project told the Times UK. “Ours will be a file that you click on, it opens and it would have a totally brand-new look, with a launch page and all the different options. When you click on it you’re not just going to get the ten tracks, you’re going to get the artwork, the video and mobile products.”
Does anyone care about these things? I mean, kudos for trying to do anything different, but is anyone really excited about having their downloads come in a flashy widget?