Yes, we should be looking out 5 years, or even 50 years, and that's why, when we are building collections from scratch today, we should have the option to collect with true CD quality.
The tracks are not carbon copies of the CD originals, but compressed versions.
The smaller files are handy for speedy downloads, space-saving for storage and perfectly serviceable for listening through ear buds when riding on the subway. Not what you will want, however, when your desktop computer becomes the home jukebox and wirelessly sends these simulacra to the entertainment center in the living room.
"The majority of people," Mr. Mains said, "have absolutely no idea what a bit rate is," reasoning that if Apple offered music encoded at a bit rate higher than 128, customers would select it without realizing that it would fill up their hard drive and portable player quickly.
Customers are led to believe that they are getting a CD in all respects except the trouble of going to the mall.
QuoteThe tracks are not carbon copies of the CD originals, but compressed versions.Yeah that is pretty obvious actually. Still amazing how many people don't realise that though.
Consumers find downloading instantly gratifying, but the company uses an extreme form of compression that takes a sample of the sound at intervals.