December 4, 2007

Music, MP3s and Music Technology [5:09 pm]

Does sound quality matter? Shades of The Audible Past! In defense of audiophiles (citing The Deaf Audiophile - pdf - and Hard to Be an Audiophile in an iPod World)

It’s worth noting that digital audio files will get better, just as compact discs did. (In their first decade, CDs and CD players sounded dreadful, worse than MP3s—and much worse than some other, less-compressed, downloadable formats—sound now. Click here for a note on these other formats.) When this future comes, we will all rejoice. In the meantime, to deny or dismiss the sonic differences not only deprecates the depths and delicacies that make music so alluring. It also tells the engineers and manufacturers that they don’t need to improve their products, that bad sound is good enough.

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