Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:05 UTC
Multimedia, AV "On October 1 1982, Joel's sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was the first commercially released CD album... Which means CDs are 30-years-old today. It's worth noting here that 52nd Street wasn't a new album - it was launched initially in 1978, but it was selected for relaunch on the new digital audio disc, rolling out alongside the first CD player - the Sony CDP-101 - in Japan. But of course, the CD didn't spring up overnight - the road to launch started long before 1982." I'm still 100% CD when it comes to music. The act of physically holding a new album in your hands for the first time and gently placing the disk in the tray can't be matched by pressing a download button behind a computer.
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RE[5]: Comment by kwan_e
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 01:29 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kwan_e"
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Because choice is good for those of us who want it? Audio quality itself is not the *only* reason for choosing one audio codec over another.

Certainly it was the least of my concerns when switching from Monkey's Audio, which I originally ripped all of my audio CDs into in the early 2000s, to FLAC, which I began using in the mid-2000s.

There are a lot of things to look for in an audio codec. Features, performance (CPU usage, encoding/decoding speed), compression ratio, software support, cross-platform OS support, hardware support, openness/patent-free, activity (still maintained and improved or not), etc.

Edited 2012-10-02 01:47 UTC

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