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"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

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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RE[6]: Comment by kwan_e
by kwan_e on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 03:35 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kwan_e"
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2007-02-18

Because choice is good for those of us who want it?


It's a constant battle between choice and convenience. I like choice, but if the choice makes something less convenience, then the choice isn't really one.

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RE[7]: Comment by kwan_e
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 03:46 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by kwan_e"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

What? I'm not sure I get what you're saying. If you don't want to use an audio format, don't--just stick with what you've got. But how does that in any way relate to convenience? Unless you choose use some codec or buy a song that you have no decoders for? In this case, no one ever forced you to buy that version of the song, if that's what you're implying.

Convenience might be sticking with a format you know. The choice to try another doesn't necessarily add inconvenience, and it's certainly not something that you would have to do.

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