July 16, 2007

And So It Goes...

by Chris Randall

Okay, I knew it was happening, but I didn't think it'd be quite so quick. I was presented with this today. I didn't pay the premium, because, quite frankly, I don't find the DRM in iTunes abusive or oppressive. In fact, I don't mind it at all. It only really annoys those "what if" motherfuckers that think The Man is the reason for their lot in life. But that said, the notice itself gave me a fit of the giggles.



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Jul.16.2007 @ 10:01 PM
"Steinberg. Come on, guys. Do you really think that Syncrosoft stops any pirating whatsoever? It's like punishing people that actually pay for your software for the actions of those that don't."

Jul.16.2007 @ 10:08 PM
256k versus 128k is a no brainer for $2.

Jul.16.2007 @ 10:09 PM
The DRM thing never bothered me either. I gotta say, I'm diggin' the 256 kbps, though. Next up, 5.1?

Jul.16.2007 @ 10:12 PM
Yeah, isn't the big deal here the much higher-quality audio files? 128k AAC really does sound rather crappy. 256k AAC really does sound rather nice. Golden ears not required.

Jul.16.2007 @ 10:27 PM
Wade Alin
>>Steinberg. Come on, guys. Do you really think that Syncrosoft stops any pirating whatsoever? It's like punishing people that actually pay for your software for the actions of those that don't

you're not trying to compare a 99 cent song to 2k audio software, are you? there's a whole big Order of How Things happen argument somewhere in there . .

DRM has been a pain in my ass a couple times, with my work sending me direction for a project (which in itself - temp tracking - has been deemed illegal) . . anyway. I'm happy it's going away.



Jul.16.2007 @ 11:09 PM
Well, DRM is no big deal because it is a non-effort to break. But, in the unlikely event they were able to create a DRM scheme than couldn't be broken with 30 seconds research on Google, then I most certainly would not go for it. Any music that I pay for, must be in a format that will let me play it forever! DRM is only acceptable because all implementations thus far have been a joke.

The most annoying thing about iTunes, is that you have to install the iTunes software in order to purchase music off of iTunes. Why can't they just let you purchase music and download it from a webpage?


Jul.16.2007 @ 11:14 PM
Chris Randall
It's worth noting that since roughly '92, I've played roughly 3000 shows, most of which were with a band that, under any standards you'd care to name, could be described as "loud." If you guys are thinking that I can tell the difference between a 128K AAC and a 256K AAC, you're sorely mistaken. That shit don't grow back, you know.



Jul.16.2007 @ 11:40 PM
Well, there used to be PyMusique and SharpMusique for downloading songs from the store without using itunes but they stopped being supported a year or two ago. Even if you could find a copy they likely don't work anymore as the itunes store protocol changed last year.



Jul.16.2007 @ 11:43 PM
iTunes plus makes a lot of sense for Apple. It serves as a show of good intentions to the various european countries that have been mad about the iPod/iTunes pairing seeming monopolistic, as well as driving up storage demands for portable players. At the same time it's good to give consumers options. I for one never found the 128k AAC to be too bad as long as it's a good mix run through a good encoder. I have upgraded things to plus format mainly to have more durable, higher quality, files for the long haul. Personally I won't be happy until 24-bit, 96k, uncompressed Ambisonic B format content is the commonly available standard.

Jul.16.2007 @ 11:43 PM

128K vs 256K isn't just frequency (I am assuming you can't hear high pitches... that is the most common hearing problem people have from loud music). There is artifacting that should be audible all across the spectrum. There really IS a significant difference. I can believe that you can't tell the difference between 256K and CD quality... but between 128 and 256? Wow.

On a tangent, I am in the small minority that can hear very high freq... but the side effect of that is that white noise seems to be much more distracting for me... I am completly deaf to other sounds when there is too much white noise. So your rock'n'roll ears might not be such a handicap.


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