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.17.2007 @ 12:00 AM
interesting, I am the same.. I tested way above average on my last hearing test, but in a noisy environment such as a bar, I have to really concentrate to hear someone talking.

Jul.17.2007 @ 12:13 AM
Chris Randall
Aside from playing shows, I sat in front of the EV X-Array at the Metro in Chicago for every night it was open for 5 years straight, so there's that to consider. Even with ear plugs that was an abusive environment. Hearing that much emo will ruin anybody.

In any event, I can plainly hear the difference between a 128K MP3 and a VBR MP3, and I can hear the difference between an MP3 and an AAC file at similar bitrates, but I swear to christ I can't hear the difference between a 128 AAC and a 256 AAC. Sorry to disappoint you. I find people that dwell on that sort of shit really fucking tedious. If you don't have any hearing damage by the time you're my age, you haven't been living properly, and you might want to seek out some therapist to explain to you why your life is so damned empty or something.

Aside from that bullshit, the vast majority of my music listening is done in my car, and it really makes no fucking difference whatsoever. I am like the music-buying public at large in that regard. I'm good at hearing distortion, and I add a lot to anything I'm mixing simply because I find the result pleasing. Perhaps I do that because I can't hear the high end so well. But I know "warm" from "cold."



Jul.17.2007 @ 12:31 AM

"I find people that dwell on that sort of shit really fucking tedious."

Careful.. the apogee police are coming to take their box back.


Jul.17.2007 @ 1:24 AM
I don't know about AAC (never used it, I buy from eMusic), but anything under 192kbps or good VBR mp3 sounds like shit even in the car. IMO.

it's as music would be trapped in a in a box of steel (kssssss, phhhhhhhh, whooooo and a bit of spring reverb).



Jul.17.2007 @ 2:04 AM
Well this obviously comes down to what the car sounds like. And I don't mean the sound system.
Dark German cars tend to have more lush low end but if you drive really fast the high end gets nicely enhanced.
But the way to really enjoy low bit rate is probably to go Italian.

Jul.17.2007 @ 2:05 AM
When I listen to Funhouse, it sounds like shit compared to Raw Power which for some reason sounds like everythings maxed out and on the red. If there is such a fundamental difference in the sound of the two albums, why even bother going on about the bitrates?

On the other hand, when I first heard the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I thought that their sound was very gritty and ebyl. Turned out the mp3's I got were 96k and yeah yeah yeahs' sound was actually not that special.


Jul.17.2007 @ 6:26 AM
128 kbps purchases sound fine to me, but tracks encoded with itunes @ 128k sound pretty awful. I guess the built in encoder is inferior to what they use to encode itunes store music

Jul.17.2007 @ 6:48 AM
The benefit is I can send a song to my wife's computer without a middle step.

Jul.17.2007 @ 7:52 AM
The DRM pissed me off only because I don't have an iPod, so needed to convert to mp3 to listen to it on my player (and I don't listen to music casually from my computer). Having to burn a CD to listen to an mp3 file seemed awfully backwards to me, so I just never bought anything from iTunes.

That said, I still probably won't buy anything from iTunes even without DRM.


Jul.17.2007 @ 8:24 AM
beauty pill
In terms of my own listening habits, I'm a quality nerd. I buy the CD (I like liner notes and physical graphics) and then load it into iTunes to get the AIFF files and listen to those on my iPod. I don't use any kind of AAC/MP3 thing. On an 80GB iPod, you can get almost 100 albums on there at full res. If you need more variety than that on a portable player, your life is a lot more interesting than mine. Or a lot less.

Full disclosure: my dayjob is co-owning a mastering studio. So the sound quality differences are very obvious to me. MP3s and AACs just sound filmy, smeary and crunchy. Sometimes this is a cool effect, but it's not "real" to me.

I have not heard this iTunes "plus" thing yet, so can't make an informed comment.

I would have thought iTunes Plus would have been high-res 24-bit audio.

When is someone going to set up a downloading site for high-res audio?

Can iPods play 24 bit files? I have never tried...

- c


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