Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The great Bobster has spoken out - see here - about the low quality of contemporary recordings and defends pirated music. "Well, why not?'"he remarks, "It ain't worth nothing anyway." He is talking about CDs and I have a feeling that in this - as in all things - he is right. But the real culprit is the iPod and MP3 players in general. I once raved about these in print but have since changed my mind. My iPod gives me aural fatigue; my ears protest after 20 minutes or so. This is, of course, because the compression of the files takes so much out of the original track, thinning it out to a tiring whine. Amidst all the fuss about charges for downloads, nobody seems to have pointed out that the real scandal is that you are actually paying for only a tiny percentage of the original track.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:54 am