Re: The CD Is Now 40 Years Old
Reply #22 – 2022-10-07 16:29:00
I'm witnessing people of my age use vinyl and tape, well they want to feel young again, exclusive, king, whatever. We are both born in the same decade, but I am at the end of that decade. I never seen the appeal of records or tapes. sure, records might have some level of collector value in some cases, but in terms of general use, CD's are still clearly #1 for a physical format. I did use tapes in the past, for what you basically mentioned recording stuff on radio, and for a while I used to transfer from CD to tape for portable use back when I was still using portable tape players before switching to CD etc. My experience with old ("bought in the 90s") CDs is: they mostly still work well. Broken CDs extremely rare. Yeah, the last I knew my original CD's in the 1990's still work to. I'm wondering why people put their stuff out (say, on Bandcamp) still in 44.1 - Makes no sense IMO... I'd go for 48/96/192 Honestly, there is no real need to go any higher than standard AUDIO CD's 16-bit/44.1 since that already exceeds human hearing. so raising to 48/96/192 will just increase file size with no real world benefits. so it ends up being worse than standard audio CD's at the end of the day. I guess the younger generation are too used to everything being available at the drop of a hat and for next to nothing. Yeah, I tend to think that's the trend with today's generations, which seems to go with their more disposable mentality, but I tend to stick to pretty much 1990's or 2000's level of tech for my general music listening. but I suspect it might be a general people thing in that after a person gets to a certain point in life they are pretty much set in their ways and resist change etc. I think the old ways are better than new ways, at least on some level and in certain cases. because for anyone who wants to hang onto their device for a longer period of time I tend to see battery tech like re-chargeable lithium to be a downgrade vs AA/AAA especially given we got quality NiMh batteries like Eneloop, which are re-chargeable, and these last a long time and even when the battery dies you can easily get quality replacements and be set for many years once again. the problem with lithium, while it's good when it works well, if you plan on using a device for a rather long time, say around 5-10 years or more, once the original manufacturer battery is mostly shot, it can often be difficult to get quality replacement batteries and are stuck with generic junk basically, at best. so in the end... the device can end up being mostly useless after enough time passes solely on lack of battery replacements which won't happen on devices that run on AA/AAA. hell, that's why I got that cheap generic made in china MP3 player since, while it's sort of like the earlier MP3 player tech with navigating through menu's more slowly (and take a little skill to press buttons with timing and in the right spot ), it runs on a single AAA which gives roughly 10-12hrs of battery life on a 800mAh NiMh battery. but with today's generations it seems like they are all about the smart phones and their disposable tech where they probably don't hang onto a phone more than a few years or so. I generally avoid smart phone stuff since while it can be nice to look up something real quickly, if I plan on spending any time online, which is typically the case, the desktop computer is still hands down the best. but sadly, it seems much of the general public has moved over solely to smart phones as their primary, and maybe only, means of accessing the internet.