I just stumbled across this interesting, if somewhat overly earnest, documentary about the low audio quality of digitally released music. This is an issue I was aware of, but frankly hadn’t given much thought; and one that pertains to our little project here.
I’m just old enough to have had a few vinyl records when I was a kid. I managed to skip 8-track, and spent most of my childhood with cassettes (for transcribing, they still can’t be beat, in my opinion…). I eagerly moved to CDs when they arrived, and am now grudgingly accepting the digital format as the way forward. But we might be missing out on a lot; and I worry that the more we listen to compressed music, and value convenience and portability over sound quality, the lower our standards will become.
What do you think? Is this important to you, or is the ability to have a thousand tunes on your phone worth a drop in quality? Have you ever put on a vinyl record after listening to mp3s and been blown away? Let me know in the comments!
(For the record, I upload tracks for Catch and Release in CD-quality .wav files. If you buy them through Bandcamp, you can choose to download in formats of varying levels of compression. However, once iTunes gets their hands on them, it’s out of my control…)