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Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio 361 361

Hugh Pickens writes "Kia Makarechi reports that Neil Young isn't particularly concerned with the effects of piracy on artists but is more concerned that the files that are being shared are of such low quality. 'It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio,' says Young. 'I look at the radio as gone. Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around. That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.' Young is primarily concerned about whether the MP3 files we're all listening to actually are pretty poor from an audio-quality standpoint. Young's main concern is that your average MP3 file only contains about five percent of the audio from an original recording and is pushing a new format called Pono that would be 'high-resolution' digital tracks of the same quality as that produced during the studio recording. Young wants to see better music recording and high resolution recording, but we're not anywhere near that and hopes that 'some rich guy' will solve the problem of creating and distributing '100 percent' of the sound in music. 'Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, his legacy was tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.'"
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Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio

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  • by ZombieBraintrust (1685608) on Thursday September 20, 2012 @11:31AM (#41400017)
    This article is trolling for comments about mp3 blind tests on quality audio.
  • Sound Quality (Score:4, Interesting)

    by johkir (716957) <(ude.sivadcu.htmv) (ta) (ybrikoj)> on Thursday September 20, 2012 @11:40AM (#41400141)
    Most of the people listening to mp3s (that I know, self included) don't listen to the music on a nice system. Earbuds rarely provide definition or range of the actual recorded material. Yes, they may provide frequencies from 50-15,000 Hz, but you're not really feeling the bass line as recorded. Even if listening to a CD/DVD with 5.1, with the earbuds on, it may as well be a mp3.
  • Re:Dirty Hippie (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheGratefulNet (143330) on Thursday September 20, 2012 @11:43AM (#41400199)

    (notsureifserious)

    if serious, though, 24/96 really is a step up from regular redbook (16/44.1) audio. and redbook is about 2 steps up from mp3 when br=192k (approx).

    at 256 and 320 encoding, mp3 starts to sound reasonable on high res audio gear (such as what a mastering studio would have access to).

    the main issue, really, is how well the source was done. if the source was not done well, 16/44 is fine enough or even overkill. but for carefully done productions, 24/96 *is* really sweet. at home, using a clean path system and decent headphones, 24/96 is worth it. on sprks, it gets harder to tell; but people with good hearing can tell. its not BS.

  • Re:Sound Quality (Score:4, Interesting)

    by multisync (218450) on Thursday September 20, 2012 @11:50AM (#41400333) Journal

    Most of the people listening to mp3s (that I know, self included) don't listen to the music on a nice system.

    And they most certainly don't have an entire barn [morebarn.org] as one speaker, with a house as the other.

  • Re:FLAC (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Verdatum (1257828) on Thursday September 20, 2012 @12:46PM (#41401185)
    Well put. Adding on to this, If you're recording a performance that you just intend to mixdown and play back, you can do perfectly fine at 96. 192 is only beneficial if you are doing some serious timestretching. That being said, the ability to do serious timestretching can be extremely useful. And if you're just listening to the playback, even 44.1 is overkill.

    That said, I love all the crazy technology, because I never get tired of watching the audiophiles lie to themselves about this or that.

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