Thursday, July 8, 2021

If we want to borrow music, maybe music's on borrowed time

 Hard to argue with Ted here -- give this a few minutes of your time. The weakness lies in just urging us to reconsider,  that's not quite an actionable response and who are the 'we' that should do this? Doubt active streamers will change their views as a result. My son is 20, he sees little reason to own media and has few fears of any music he loves disappearing so a more persuasive argument than 'preservation' is going to be required one suspects. 





4 comments:

Unknown said...

I don't listen to streams, all music comes from CDs, bought from Discogs or downloaded from Allflac.com. Here are my reasons for this:
1. I can listen to music without an internet connection, just need power.
2. I get (mostly..) the full liner notes of the record, like who played on it, who mastered it etc.
3. Some streamed tracks are truncated the way it was published for radio, so I don't get to listen to the full length (for example: Paul Young's "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down", 4:47 original length).
4. I always get the best sound-quality (and don't fall for bull¬shit like MQA).
5. All the things mentioned in the article.

Unknown said...

I used to be on your bandwagon, my friend…. I have North of 25,000 CDs, 5,000+ Blu-Rays, no typos, just a real jazz and classic rock and classical music lover, with 9 or 11 or 12 different High-End Systems that take words away. 115 Headphones (Mostly Planar $ E-Stats); - But here’s the problem…For all of that, and my well-tested hearing, Amazon HD and Such are about 96-97 percent there sonically, if people are being truly ‘honest’ (Which is a real problem with Audiofools, notice I am a Music Lover, not some Nutcase that can hear things no one else can possibly hear). Your Argument is Invalid on a few points, the most egregious being your emotional state like the old men who shake their fists at the clouds of change. Dude, get over it. I am sick of entitled white guys woe-is-meing because your pedestal placement has become irrelevant and the things you were so comfortable with is no longer the desirable norm. I love my media, the sound is still just that bit ‘better’, but I LOVE having access to 85 million albums instantly, no fuss, within a hairs-breath of CD-quality. N case you haven’t noticed, there is WAYY MORE Shit worth worrying about than this. This world is gone to shit, America has been Killed Dead by Fox and Trump, COVID PART 2 THE SEQUEL is infecting VACCINATED people, and your panties are all messy and damp about this silliness. Bro, I just kicked the shit out of TWO Massive Heart Attacks in 4 years, so Man the F* Up andStop Whining about your audio issues. Silly White Men.

Anonymous said...

Here's another novel way to think on things...you there, yes you sitting in your cozy litlle home, listening to the 37th re-re-re-remaster of "Kind Of Blue", with your nice set-up, and your audio life-style...question (actually TWO questions) - When did you pay off your Mortgage to your lovely home?, Not yet, you say? Your lovely Auto? Then who owns what you keep calling "your" home/car??? Right!!! - Do you see where I'm going here? "But I Live Here"...isn't gonna cut it, because actually, philosophically, we as a species, don't really "own" too much of Shit. We have been conditioned to think that we are owners of things in the material sense of the word, especially as Americans, but when you get to Brass tacks, ownership really is nothing more than a way of looking at something in a surreal light - You "own" Miles Davis" 1959 album "Kind of Blue", do you? Well, I say that you are doing nothing more than renting/leasing/retaining the right to play those songs at your convenience, via that piece of plastic that you (hopefully) purchased. John Doe with a TIDAL account has the very same right of ownership, over the exact same notes of music, and close to 100 million other albums besides, for your purchase of a single disc. - You seem to think (and I don't entirely disagree) that having a form of physical media is superior to being able to carry around access to the world's musical catalog on your phone/laptop/tablet; It is simply nothing more than the evolution of the art of our passion, sir. We, as lovers of this medium, must give it room to grow and to better itself, TRULY, NATURALLY, NOT WITH SHITTY GIMMICKS LIKE MQA, AND OTHER CRAP...*AHEM*...When Digital came along for the unwashed masses in the early 80's (PERFECT SOUND FOREVER - Remember that slogan??) It was such an absolute game-changer, that the industry that makes the money from new products and inventions have not been able to replicate that Lightning-in-a-Bottle since. The only thing that has up-ended the audio world truly is streaming. If we can be honest for a moment here, the whole thing about out-board DAC's is a cash grab, Jitter is the next Marketing joke to try to follow that, and then and now is the entire "Better-than-CD-QUALITY" insanity that is out to fleece the masses...It makes my head hurt to hear these audio Supermen speak of how they can hear things that their dogs are missing...THERE IS NO USABLE INFO AFTER 22.05KHZ - NONE, ZERO, NADA, ZILCH, PROVEN OVER AND OVER BUT...there's a sucker born every minute with Confirmation Bias and Dunning-Kruger Effect Disease - EVERY STREAMING SERVICE, EVERY ONE, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY, ARE USING "CD-QUALITY" LEVEL MAX, IT'S ALL MARKETING, QUBOZ AND TIDAL, TOO, THEY MAX IT OUT AT 44.1KHZ NO MATTER WHAT THE MARKETING SAYS - THEY ARE ALL GETTING THE MASTERS FROM THE SAME SOURCES, PERIOD - NONE WERE RECORDED AT CRAZY HIGHER BITRATES - NONE OF THEM...BUT I DIGRESS. - Don't fret about it, my fellow compadre. Albums and CDs will be around for a very long time, still; Millions still love the tactile feel of liner notes and something to put on the turntable or in the disc tray...100 million CDs at your fingertips is amazing, but Miles Davis in your hands is still unbeatable.

Anonymous said...

FINALLY, SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, AS IT PERTAINS TO OUR OWN LITTLE AUDIO INTERESTS; BUY THAT PERSON A FEW BREWS FOR LAYING IT ALL OUT THERE - HE DEFINITELY KNOWS HIS SH*T, I AM IN THE BIZ AND CAN VOUCH FOR 99% OF THOSE AS FACTS … GOOD MAN!!!