Thursday, October 26th 2006

Visa: What's It To Be?

The other day I spotted this rather ironic advertising poster for Visa:

Visa advertising poster.

The slogan could be translated to Enjoy every beat (or tone, to be precise).

Well, what can I say. I would be able to enjoy every beat if I could buy my music at a reasonable price.

As it is, I can’t. And if I bought my music for $1 per track, I would be able to listen to it, but hardly enjoy it.

I believe the following needs to be repeated until the music labels get it: Why would anyone want to buy a limited-use (DRM-infested), lower quality copy of a CD (wihtout the album art) when it’ll cost you as much as getting the real thing in perfect 48 kHz 44kHz/16 bit quality, which you can then rip at whatever quality you like and play on whatever digital audio player you like?

Edited for factual errors.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The problem is, they have already learned otherwise. People are willing to pay a buck a song for 128kb garbage. A billion times over.But I’m sitting here ripping CDs with EAC to get something better. It’s a lot of trouble, but I like the results. Now if only my portable played FLAC.

  2. David Naylor says:

    iAudios are king. They play flac, ogg, you name it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    CD is 44.1KHz, and it really shouldn’t be used alone when mentioning quality; the bitrate along with the sample rate is the only thing that really makes any sense when mentioning quality. In CD’s case it is 16 bit resolution at 44.1KHz sampling rate.But I’m totally with you on your opinion.

  4. David Naylor says:

    anonymous, thanks for the info. I knew that really, was just a bit confused.:)

  5. Anonymous says:

    The main thing is data is not thrown away like it is with lossy audio like mp3, AAC, etc. That is what is detrimental to sound quality.Some even say listening to lossy audio for extended periods can have negative health effects because sounds normally masked naturally by the human ears/brain are now done by artificial means before even reaching the ear, resulting in possible problems that nobody has really even looked into yet. The sound actually reaching the ears now is very different to the sounds our ears evolved on, basically.See here.But the simple fact is that now people have been convinced what they are buying is the ‘same’ or better than CDs simply because they can get it quickly and it’s “on their computer”.I was over at someone’s house the other day and they asked me whether their CDs could be “made to MP3s”. I installed and configured CDex and told them how it was done. I chose CDex simply because it’s far easier than EAC (and I would never promote Media Player ;)The masses (on the whole) are simply not aware they are getting less and paying gold prices for rubbish.I agree that Cowon is making great things. FLAC rules.

  6. camilla says:

    ja, det är synd att det är dyrt att betala för den digitala musiken. det sura är ju att transaktionskostnaderna är så höga (om man tex betalar med visa), därför blir varje låt så himla dyr 🙁 dessutom – vem vill som sagt köpa en låt som är drm-skyddad? då måste man pyssla med att bränna ut på cd-skiva, för att sedan kunna föra över musiken igen för att kunna lyssna på den hur man vill. det är ju jättemkt onödigt jobb. dom borde väl kunna lösa det här på nåt bättre sätt…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ja, man får inte vara dum. Hade inte tänkt så långt som att man kunde göra så… Men strikt sett så är det inte så bra kvalitetsmässigt att återkomprimera musik som redan varit komprimerad… Det är mycket bättre om man kan få musiken i den kvalitet man önskar istället… Som på… hummm… t ex … Allofmp3.com 🙂

  8. camilla says:

    nej det är klart att kvalitén blir något försämrad, men hellre det än att man inte kan lyssna på låtarna i mp3-spelaren till exempel. men allofmp3 är ju ett riktigt trevligt ställe…. som är att föredra… huuummm.. 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    jo, helt santoch den praktiska kvalitetsförsämringen om man återkomprimerar 192kbps -> 192 kbps är ju obefintlig.