QUOTE (Fedora.Pirate @ Sep 10 2007, 07:50 PM)
I have considered it a few times but discounted it for the following reasons:
- Inferrior format to CD (mp3 is a lossy format, it is also a closed file format - if they were avaliable in ogg I'd probably be doing that)
Haha oh come on. I really don't see that as a big deal.
I'm not saying that mp3s are better, cause I agree CDs and OGG files are definitely superior quality. But there are obviously limitations to digital music and mp3s, especially when it's being downloaded freely and even more especially for online stores like iTunes. The songs need to be transferred quickly and efficiently, hence the mp3 compression. Even if they offered OGG files or other super-ridiculously-high-quality formats that you'll probably never need, there's still the issue of bandwidth. OGG and WAV files are freakin' huge compared to mp3s and would put a much greater load on their servers if they had to send those out every minute. I imagine it would end up being charity for the 99c they ask. And it's not like they're gonna ship your music to you physically for 99c (or in most cases $0.00
But so long as the mp3 is compressed to a reasonable quality (atleast 192kbps or even VBR is perfect) and free of evil DRM (digital rights management that limits your ability to burn/play the mp3) then it'll sound just like CD quality on any CD player, iPod, and even most really large speaker setups. I had my 17th birthday party at a venue with a pretty cool speaker set up, and the music was coming from an mp3 playlist. Though the staff there were pretty snotty and gave us a faulty projector, I really can't fault them on the music - it sounded pretty damn awesome!
I'm just saying that unless you're a DJ who needed to play some music for a huge arena, or a TV producer who wanted to broadcast a national primetime show with music in the episode, then it really shouldn't matter too much!
I do think there need to be some drastic changes in the music industry (some merely just to solidify and dare I say, legalize, changes that are already happening out of the industry's control), but let's be realistic. If you want the definitive holy grail of quality, I think we're always gonna have to shell out some moolah! Cause even if record labels do start handing out free mp3s, I highly doubt they're gonna personally deliver production-ready formats to our doorsteps for free any time soon.
Just my extremely general and redundantly lengthy 99 cents