I don’t even know where to start with this piece of trash. Maybe it’s the OMG KUMPRESHUN LOOZES QUALITY IZ EVIL tone the piece takes. Maybe it’s the tremendously condescending “Oh, but people are used to it because they don’t know better and can’t tell” bits that compare compressed audio vs. CD to McDonald’s vs. fine dining with this gem: ““You can get used to awful,” says record producer Phil Ramone. “You can appreciate nothing. We’ve done it with fast food.”” Maybe it’s the the way the author bent over and crapped out a bunch of “facts” designed to shock and appall you into buying real CDs over digital downloads (which I presume is where this article wants to take you). Maybe it’s the whole tangent about how the psychoacoustics of MP3 audio versus CDs might hit your brain differently, and therefore might affect your response to the music differently, or affect your mood differently, or turn you into a raging psycho killer or something.
I mean, look at this tripe:
This is what happens when you get techno-newbies to write technology pieces. MP3s are not “10 percent of the original music” you douche. Just because an MP3 encoded at 128kb/s reduces the file size to 10% does not mean it has removed 90% of the audio signal. It means it has altered the original audio stream, which in its original form is a series of two-byte (16-bit) words (techie term for what you call two bytes of information treated as one whole number) that represent, precisely, the sound it recorded, and transformed it into what amounts to a series of formulas that describe the sound mathematically. The lower the bitrate, the larger chunks of audio it turns into a formula and the less precise it gets in being able to reproduce them. The higher the bitrate, the smaller the chunks it describes and the more precise it gets in reproducing them.
If you’re going to slam a format, at least have some general idea of how it does what it does first.
But get a load of the bottom section:
Jebus. Let’s see.
Wait, now MP3s are only 6%? That’s a compression ratio of almost 17:1. In MP3 terms, that’s a bitrate of about 80kb/s. Show me one online music store that distributes MP3s at 80kb/s. The minimum standard is 128kb/s, and audiophiles turn their noses up at that. (Yes, I’m one of them, but I’ll take it if the store doesn’t have anything better and I can’t get the real CD anywhere else.)
AIFF = 10 megs per minute? What a coincidence, so is WAV, which you talked about in the previous point. Go pointless redundancy!
Grateful Dead tape traders? WTF does that have to do with anything? And a full audio CD can be burned from anything, you pompous dinky.
Some journalists … shouldn’t be.