Today’s stupid question

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 ?

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  1. Yve

    December 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Not so stupid question !
    You’ re not alone to ask for it.

    Do you think that the record companies are stupid ?


  2. Matthieu

    December 15, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Since few years Tv invent DVD, HD & Blue Ray, for more & more quality.
    Since 30 years we always play cd in 44.1 16 bits formats. Only one things was invented for large public mp3 with 128 kbs compression.
    When could I found music with master quality ?
    When could I found music on 5.1 surround mix ?


  3. Sinziana

    December 18, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Can I respond with another question?
    How many illegal torrents and other sharing interfaces do you think are in the world? I am telling you over a milion and iTunes and another few like it are in minority and just not so interesting. Why? Because people love to cheat, people like to steal and everything that is forbbiden is more attractive. So don’t worry I think in the next 50 years people will continue to steal good uncompressed music and ignore opportunities like The Beatles collection for $3.


  4. Diana

    January 5, 2010 at 2:04 am

    yeah, and too bad vinyl is gone, hahaha, come on Denis, u buy mp3’s for 99 cents, what do u expect? and..u really think the new generation really cares about your perfect radio quality wav’s? funny! but good u opened this topic.
    best wishes and have a great new something year!:)


  5. Denis Florent

    January 5, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Dear Diana,
    Have you ever listened to music ?
    I don’t mean Pop, Rock, R&B or other type of sub-products,
    I mean MUSIC :-)
    Try, and you’ll see that you can’t satisfy yourself with compressed shit, unless you became deaf, of course. But then, it’s another topic :-)

    By the way, 99 cents for a single, that’s 10 euros for an album. That’s exactly the price of a CD. So… give me at least CD quality, thanks.


  6. Diana

    January 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    dear Denis,

    I had those vinyls once…the whole Mike Oldfield and Alan Parson’s discography…but back then we used to listen to the music. Now, it’s different…
    And can you imagine how much hard disk space and servers they need to store all the wav’s u want? tons! but again, who needs quality besides 2 old farts like us? :)


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