Radiohead album advocacyFrom XiphWikiJump to: navigation, searchGood afternoon, I would like to place / already placed (people who already placed should probably email the final text with their order number to their email support address ) a pre-order for the radiohead download album but since I am an open-source user and a strong supporter of open formats, I would like to know if it you could possibly inform me of the digital format used in the download, I understand that while MP3 has a wider market acceptance, it is covered by patents and of inferior quality than the Vorbis format, and of vastly inferior quality than the full lossless encoding of the FLAC format.Also although software patents are still invalid in Europe, in the united states and other such countries the patents concerning the mp3 format make it technically illegal for Linux/open source users to use the mp3 codecs in order to listen to an mp3 download.A FLAC file however can be legally distributed and used without restrictions and there are free tools which allow anyone to transcode into their preferred lossy format to be used in their portable player, also FLAC is already supported by almost all players and is a de facto industry standard.Also although Apple has kept their users choice of codec artificially limited, there exists an alternative software for the ipod series and a number of several other digital audio players which adds support for nearly all codecs in existence and which is available free of charge as an open source project. You can find more information about this at http://rockbox.orgAlso I would like to know if it would be possible to make the phone mobile number and the street address fields not mandatory for the download only option.Thank you for your time, kind regards,
sorry, i don't mean to be negative, but they are in effect giving you a FREE album to download.i think that gives them every right to choose whatever format they wish.constructively, that email makes the sender sound ungrateful for the gesture radiohead have allowed with this download, and sounds more like a demand for more than they are / might be giving.you can get a CD version of it if you really want the album at a particular quality level, either by ordering the box set or waiting for the regular CD release which i'm sure will eventually come out.
I must say I was somewhat disappointed to find out that the download is going to be a lowly 160 kbps MP3, probably not LAME and probably not even VBR... That means for me that I will have to eventually either get the regular CD when it is released (and pay twice, because no, I didn't choose to get it for free...) or just download a lossless rip on P2P...
snipit's about time somebody with some clout stood up to the RIAA and the rest of the corrupt recording industry. bloated labels, payola, and top 40 radio are a thing of the past, and this is a good first step toward taking out the trash.that being said, i think it's very reasonable to ask for the music to be released for download in lossless format. encoding to any particular format is neither costly nor inconvenient. the only overhead that might be incurred is increased bandwidth usage for offering a larger, better quality download. the goodwill of music fans who will actually pay a reasonable amount for this download will more than offset this, though.
I would like to settle for just the download but I want to play it on my full set and their current offering isn't good enough. I have tested it. The music is good but the sound is not up to CD standards.
Although I do not doubt that a percentage of people will be able to ABX the MP3s I think that we need to wait until there is a lossless version to compare to before making such claims. Please consider TOS #8.