Neil Young has an idea to have a hifi digital audio distribution service, named Pono. A prototype player for the 192KHz/ 24 bit format has been developed. Whether it will it make any impact against the mp3 remains to be seen.
Larry Crane has written on this topic in this Tape Op article. In it he argues the case for getting a compelling performance, rather than relying on click tracks, comping, quantising, autotune, reamping...
I was on a recording session last week where Coles 4038 ribbon mics were used for the drum overheads and Crowley & Tripp ribbon mics were used in front of the kit. Ribbon mics have become popular again due to the fact that there are several brands available now (either new designs or re-issues). SOS magazine did a ribbon mic shootout in 2007 and you can audition quite a few here.
Following on from "Zen and the Art of Mixing", Mixerman has a new book out on producing.
In it he identifies no less than 15 styles of producer! He then goes on to discuss in detail the roles of the producer, the nuts and bolts of actually making a recording (from a producers viewpoint), and the communication skills required. Recommended.