No static at all

by Marc on March 6, 2012

I’m impressed with this NPR essay, What ‘Mastered For iTunes’ Really Means. It takes a rather technical topic — audio recording and file compression — and explains it in simple (but not simplistic) terms.

I also agree with the author’s conclusion that Apple is moving to a deliberately lowered sound quality is to support streaming. It’s odd to me that as technology has improved, we’ve steadily lowered our standards for acceptable quality. I guess in another decade we’ll be using digital wireless technology in order to listen to music maintaining the sound quality of a 1968 portable plastic transistor radio.