Is it just me who wonders about this? With the hundreds of articles I  
have been reading on the changes in media distribution (literally  
hundreds and is this a REALLY big surprise??) I have not read one -  
not one - that makes any mention of the fact that the quality of the  
recordings being distributed by download are significantly compressed  
and poorer then those distributed on media. Of course it does not  
have to be this way - there is no reason why .wav files could not be  
being downloaded instead of AAC or MP3 - but no one seems to care -  
at all.

I figure that if anywhere - the members on this list should care. I  
don't get it - why aren't people complaining? Has our benchmark for  
quality become Apple Ipod earbuds? Tell me it isn't so. While people  
are spending untold thousands on Krell's and esoteric speakers what  
we are witnessing here is a recording media and quality implosion and  
I for one am concerned that getting a recording that is of the former  
relatively high (ok we can debate that but this is not the real  
point) quality of recordings on CD will become an impossibility in  
the not too distant future. How come there aren't a bunch of  
audiophiles - or professionals - or both - speaking up and saying to  
the downloading public and to the distributors - hey wait a minute -  
if I am paying the same prices for downloading as I am for physical  
media - the least you can do is give me the same quality.

All I hear is - silence. To me this is a HUGE threat - even short  
term - to what you are going to be able to listen to, and the quality  
of what you will be able to listen to.

So, members of ARSC - I ask you - to discuss this - and - OK I will  
say it - as an organization - take an actual position on this subject  
- let the world know that this is a BIG issue. That is right - I am  
actually advocating for standing up and talking out loud - not to our  
group but to the rest of the planet. If we are not going to take a  
stand on this -  what will we take a stand on? Get some manufacturers  
behind you - you know the Krell and "monster cable" kind of folk that  
have lots of marketing smarts - because there really isn't any point  
in spending thousands of dollars on esoteric gear when the quality of  
the recordings will not let you hear it anyhow. They have allot to  
lose also. What we are talking about here is the dumbing down - the  
AAC'ing of all distributed music and I for one think this is an  
issue. Does anyone agree?

Jim Lindner

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