Sony lost that battle 25 years ago with Beta vs. VHS.
I use my iPod for portable music. On the go. I don’t care if it is pristine sound. Hell, I don’t really care if its pristine sound coming out of a stereo. I appreciate high quality [whatever]. But when it comes down to it, there is a middle ground that hits the sweet spot.
You’ll eventually see a shift to higher quality audio with lossless formats. As of right now it doesn’t make sense…lossless requires too much storage, too much bandwidth, but as trends show that’ll clearly change at some point.
For the ipods case, obviously it doesn’t matter how good the sound quality is, because you’re almost always listening to it via two crummy little earbuds.
I think certain people also simply have better hearing then others, and many simply cant discern the difference. I would be interested to see some blind comparisons between some $10,000 stereo equipment and some $1000 equipment playing MP3’s through a computer with a nice sound card and some nice sound filters.
Better yet, tell them the $1000 setup cost $10,000 and vice versa. I’m sure you’d get more then a handful of “audiophiles” who say the more expensive system sounds better.
Technical was all Sony was pushing. Better quality, blah blah blah. It was more expensive also. But when it came right down to it, people didn’t need “better quality” for playing movies on a small screen, taping soap operas, or watching porn.
Wait, wait… what did change? Why are people nowadays forking out money for High Def (ready) tellies Hard Disk based High Def recorders etc… for soap operas? My screen is bigger than yours? Mimetic desire? Why? Because it is technical better?
I agree with IP, definitely middle ground. I have somewhere around 400 CD’s (all real). I can’t take that with me everywhere- I’d be holy cow CD guy. But my ipod allows me to sit at my desk and rock to whatever- as headphones can’t really decipher the difference. But my truck can!
I do wish- that Itunes only downgraded the file when going into my Pods, not on my computer. I would LOVE the idea of unfiltered A Tribe Called Quest, and my other 100 favorites, at the push of a button. Can happen sooner than later with Tera byte drives making crazy price drops! But… I digress.