July 4, 2004
@ 08:40 PM

In The Problem With Online Music Tim Bray writes

The New York Times today hits the nail on the head: if you’re buying music over the net, you’re buying it in severely damaged condition. When I plug my computer into the really good stereo at home, the difference between the way music sounds coming off CD or vinyl or a good FM signal, and the crippled version from MP3 compression isn’t subtle. I used to think that if you were listening to music on headphones on a bus or train or plane or in a crowd, the MP3 lossage really didn’t matter much.

Then there are people like me who have a Bose sound system in their car but find out much to our chagrin that MP3s playing off of an iPod sound better than CDs since the iPod has EQs and the car stereo does not.


Sunday, July 4, 2004 8:47:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
A car with a Bose system and no EQ. That's like having a Pentium 4 3 GHZ 800mhz bus with only 32MB of RAM. ;)

So far, I can't tell the difference between music burned off the iTunes music store and CDs. But I haven't done any scientific tests.
Monday, July 5, 2004 11:12:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Mmm, FM better than MP3... I'd like to know what kind of receiver this guy has that's able to balance the huge bandwidth difference between FM and MP3 and is also able to undo the damage caused by FM output processing and stereo encoding! Or perhaps he's only ever listened to poorly encoded MP3 tracks?
Monday, July 5, 2004 5:05:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
BTW....cds are lossy too. I know some people that refuse to listen to cds because of the way that they are encoded versus strictly analog. Oh, and the bose stereo in 350z's really sucks. Everyone I know with a factory Z radio hates their radio. I know one person that went to great lengths to replace it too. I did some reading and found that its rather a crapshoot with the bose head units (some of which are actually made by clarion), and that some cars are better than others. Who knows. The infinity system in my jeep works very well, so I think I'll keep it. :)
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