Let’s imagine that you decide to install all your music on a gigantic Hard Disk Drive. You could buy an external 1 TeraByte drive for less than 100 euros. Fine. Now, let’s add music on it.
You have three solutions.
1. Copy your CDs
This is legal (private copy) and you can benefit from the maximum quality available on CD : uncompressed audio, 16 bits, 44,1 kHz. Fine.
2. Download music from Torrents
This is illegal, but again, you can obtain CD quality, through FLAC non-destructive compressed files : the resulting audio after decoding is uncompressed, 16 bits, 44,1 kHz. Great !
3. Buy music from the legal portals (iTunes, etc.)
Perfectly legal, but the quality… Oh My God ! Can you believe that the only OFFICIAL PORTALS still don’t sell uncompressed music ?
Ok, I guess that’s fine when you want to buy today’s “what-they-call-music”. But what if you are an audiophile ? What if, simply, you like Classical music ? or even Jazz ?
Would you accept downloading falsely “lossless” compressed formats ?
So… today’s stupid question is simple :
What is the Music Industry trying to achieve by providing lower quality technical standards than the pirates do ?