The Day The Music Crashed...

from the uh-oh... dept

Now that we're being told all the time that we should only buy digital music, what happens when your computer screws up and you can no longer access your music? Apparently, there are a ton of stories going around right now about how the latest version of iTunes is completely trashing some Windows machines, making all of the songs stored unaccessible. So, as Jeremy Wagstaff asks in the first link, will this prompt people to go back to more tangible storage, such as CDs? It seems unlikely (and I say that as someone who actually does still prefer CDs, call me old fashioned). Instead, it may do two things: (1) encourage people to get better backup solutions, so that if a computer has problems, their music is still available and (2) push to get rid of stupid copy protection that makes solution (1) useless.
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    Netguru, 13 Sep 2005 @ 7:01am

    MP3's

    For me, if i want quality I'll listen to Super Audio or vynil and it works only in my house because my house is quiet. MP3's at 192k and up should be the standard (not 128k) because it sounds like CD quality and I don't need fidelity when i'm in my car because you can't hear fidelity when a car is running, rednecks with loud mufflers, or in public with an iPod or knock-off. So please, put the stuckup "only high fidelity is good enough for my ears" act away. If your computer crashes, its a result of bad computer management, use a registry cleaner periodically and you'll probably be fine. Windows is a crappy OS i admit, but 95% of Windows problems can be fixed through user intervention and user knowledge. Worried that your 10000000000GB or porn will be ejected into a byteless void? Back it up. I don't think that technology is meant to cater to our needs as much as we'd like it to, some thinking on our part is necessary.

    "I don't fear computers, I fear the lack of them"

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