Thursday, September 20, 2007

iTunes, Slayer of CDs?

It's been two days since New Music Tuesday, and I'm still waiting for my pre-ordered CD to arrive. Hmm...maybe I should have just skipped the CD buying process and bought the album on iTunes. Plus, I've heard that the iTunes "deluxe edition" of the album contains FOUR bonus tracks.

Is this the new frontier of music sales? iTunes (and other, lesser online stores)? Obviously, it's been the frontier for more than half a decade, but is this the new world that will ultimately phase out CDs? Being a musician and self-produced recording artist, I really don't like the prospect of the only songs available to hear are the ones compressed at 128 kilobytes per second.

When it comes to digital music, I'm used to CDs: 16-bit sound, with a 44.1 kHz sampling rate, and using up 10 megabytes per minute at WAV or AIFF compression. It just reassures me that there's more resolution, more fidelity in all the digits being processed, than a 1 megabyte-per-minute mp3, Windows Media File, or Apple m4a.

When I record, I initially start off with 24-bit sound, with a 48 kHz sampling rate (though I would like some hardware that can go up to 96 and beyond!). It's all about resolution. If I had the funds, I would just record in analog. Now, that's the sound! That's as real as recorded can get, right?

So should I replace all my 80s, 90s, and 2000s tapes and CDs with vinyl? If I had the funds...

As far as the iTunes, Slayer of CDs, epithet goes...I'm a bit too late to turn the tide on that one. May all your music have next-generation MPEG compression with DRM, may all your art and photographs be JPEGs, and may all your cinema fit your cellular phone...ooh, that's a nasty curse!

1 comment:

Wally Banners said...

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