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On 18/10/05, Tom Fine wrote:
> Thanks to everyone who responded to this.
> 
> By the way, the iTunes-only release of these albums doesn't sound as
> horrible as it could. That AAC format is not as lossy as
> comparable-sized MP3, so, for instance, the songs are not plagued with
> digi-swishy in the background. But they're a far cry from CD quality
> -- thin, shrill and lacking punch and impact. I imagine the original
> LPs sound better, which is sad because it's terrible when audio
> quality takes a step back. With these new iPods holding gigabytes of
> data, and the typical iTunes consumer, I'd bet, having broadband
> access, I can't understand why Universal and Apple don't put the files
> out in twice or 3x the resolution. I can understand why they'd choose
> copy-restricted AAC, but why crunched-too-small AAC? They could do
> these files with 3x bitrates and I bet they'd sound a lot nearer to
> good and still be less than half the size of a CD audio file.

If they sell them in bad sound now, they can sell them again in less bad
sound later.

Regards
-- 
Don Cox
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