Thursday, October 1, 2009

╠ Inferior yet Superior ╣


A few years ago I remember hearing rumours of a format being created that would compress a cd track retaining the quality of a CD that would be of average size 1mb. At the time I was amazed. I thought it was a marvelous invention and so proud that it was coming out of Australia.

Thinking now though, if a file format like that were to be released it would be meaningless. $100 no longer only gets you a 128mb Mp3 player.

It's amazing to think that something that would have been so effective a few years ago would be worthless nowadays. It hasn't changed, its competition hasn't changed.

Increasing the support in order to make way for this new format would be wasted money, considering the current marketplace. Despite the product is completely superior to mp3, it is simply not attractive.

Strange how the market can change. It is only in adapting to market changes that you can find true success.

3 comments:

Mark said...

My reply...
a little long though...

Derek said...

There's soon going to be a point where even lossy compression is not worth bothering with.

Mark said...

Derek, that's only going to happen when everyone gets audiophile ears. Some people don't mind properly psychoacoustically adjusted audio, some just dont care.

i make a point of comparing FLAC through Reference/Monitor headphones as compared to an MP3, ripped off youtube (so thereby being bad quality to start off with), played in a empty metal van though an FM transmitter. Me, i'll happily tolerate the latter if only just to have my Live RickRoll whilst i'm doing transport runs.