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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    Tanner Moore, 13 Sep 2005 @ 10:36am

    I tunes WTH

    I've been using Itunes for a little while now, and i gotta say it runs fine... except for one Giant annoyance, and that is that for some reason it is constantly making duplicates of my mp3s, or just simply listing duplicates and then giving me an error message when it can't find it. both of these problems are damn annoying and if i hadn't been stupid enough to let itunes reorganize my entire library when i first installed, i would get rid of the whole shabanger and go back to winamp.

    As far as the Audiophile nonsense goes, i just need to say that i am a certified sound engineer, i play in an experimental noise band, and work at an indie record store, my life revolves around music, and recorded sound in general. In my opinion you will not be able to notice anything dicernable in a 192k and up encoding. Yes, you can notice it, if you put on headphones, and really really listen, without any external distractions. But who does that on a day to day basis? i only get that chance maybe twice a week for an album or two and then i listen on vinyl, which pops jumps on occasion, even with virgin vinyl. in the end it doesn't matter how it's recorded, sound is sound, and should be taken as it is, on it's own merits, there is no "Pure" recording, even going directly from the instrument (which can be played poorly) to your ear, you're going to get loss and distortion, humidity, accoustics, air pressure, fluid in your ears, wax, you name it. In the end, the question should be "Is this enjoyable."

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