The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs

If you’ve tried listening to any of your old CDs lately, if you even own them anymore, you may have noticed they won’t play. That’s what happened to mine, anyway.

via The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) – Adrienne LaFrance – The Atlantic.

The last time I played through *all* of my CDs (1500) I found about 10 with unplayable parts, and 2 that were completely unusable.

One of the “damaged” CDs was actually harmed by the marker used to put info on it – the part where the ink was had become completely transparent.

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Dance Band Experiments With ‘Three-Way Stereo’

Now NightBus, a dance-pop band with members split between Los Angeles and London, has what it says is a novel take on stereo. Its single, “When the Night Time Comes,” to be released on Tuesday by S-Curve Records, is produced in what it calls “three-way stereo,” an audio innovation for the earbud age.

via Dance Band Experiments With ‘Three-Way Stereo’ – NYTimes.com.

Actually it is 4 different tracks – left, right, stereo, and mono. If you put the recording in to mono you get a separate (and different) mix than either left or right alone.

CEA Announces Expanded Support of High-Resolution Audio

HRA music files provide greater clarity and detail than MP3s and other compressed digital audio formats, resulting in a listening experience that more closely represents the original recording.

via CEA Announces Expanded Support of High-Resolution Audio – CEA.

Gee, AIFF files provide greater clarity and detail than MP3s and other compressed digital audio formats. What about lossless compression?

Remarkable marketing and an utter waste of time and energy. Just use 44k/16bit. The 4 people out there who have a sound reproduction system that can usefully reproduce the dynamic range available (not necessarily used) on the CD probably get a visit from the police with a cease-and-desist order for sonic abuse of the neighborhood.

Hey Amazon, Apple! How about FLAC/ALAC files instead of your compressed stuff? Make that tune worth $1.29.