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[2]: I don't like cds but
by quackalist on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 13:18 UTC in reply to "RE: I don't like cds but"
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Hmm, the Strad v 10k violin story is not quite as it seems and certainly not applicable to the "debunking" of those oddballs who think they have golden ears.

Actually, just about anyone including "oddballs" can distinguish between a CD and it's MP3 if it's bit rate is low enough for compression artifacts to be evident. The bit-rate in which music is transparent to even "oddballs" has come down over time as MP3 codecs have improved and most, probably, would be surprised if they did a proper double-blind test on how low this is.

True, the occasional, probably overstating the issue, sample can still cause problems which is why MP3 codecs are still being worked on. There are also other codecs and you can get some rally remarkable quality at low-bit rates with Opus, for example: http://opus-codec.org/

Nonetheless, I'm an old-fashioned kinda guy and nobody gets any monies out of me without giving me a thing (the CD) in exchange and when I encode it I firstly do so to lossless for backup and thence to VO MP3 (belt & braces, just in case even if I know it's largely a waste of space) for playback.

"Oddballs" can think themselves golden eared and pay a fortune for cables if they so care...

Edited 2012-10-02 13:20 UTC

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