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: I don't like cds but
by Jason Bourne on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 22:10 UTC in reply to "I don't like cds but"
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Until either most albums are mastered with a compression codec in mind or else we see lossless download services, I'll still buy them and rip them to lossless. I'm one of those oddballs that can actually hear the difference between a cd and a compressed file (note though that cds themselves are compressed, just to a lesser extent).

Compression at mastering stage refers to take advantage of the room you have for loudness on the recording. So you bring loud parts and quite parts near each other - causing it to become squashed or brickwalled.

Compression used in lossy codecs is a total different thing. Their purpose is to remove data that humans can't hear and make the file smaller.

You are confusing these notions. And I really doubt you can ABX a WAV file vs. LAME -V0 or AAC at 256 kbps VBR. So you can drop right now the "optimization talk" about masters and lossy codecs.

What is actually happening is that some artists store (Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds comes to mind) were selling lossless FLACs that were merely sourced from lossy files. So you can't actually trust online FLAC store just yet. Being that way, the CD is still a better deal after all.

Edited 2012-10-02 22:10 UTC

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