Thought most of you might find this short article as interesting as I have. Perhaps you've all heard of Mark Waldrep, sound engineer who has enjoyed a very high reputation through the years. He sort of blows a hole through this thing you could drive a semi-truck trough.
... and he doesn’t even mention that after Apple demands that the masters are delivered in a ‘Hi-Rez’ format, you can’t buy anything from them that’s even CD quality. As much as I like Apple products and software, I have yet to buy any music from them.
Last Edit: Nov 21, 2019 18:40:22 GMT -5 by AudioHTIT
... and he doesn’t even mention that after Apple demands that the masters are delivered and a ‘Hi-Rez’ format, you can’t buy anything from them that’s even CD quality. As much as I like Apple products and software, I have yet to buy any music from them.
I couldn't agree more and likewise I have never ever once bought any of their online music nor do I subscribe to their streaming service. The best thing I ever got out of iTunes Music was discovering Radio Paradise that also now streams at 16/44.1 flac files.
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The dynamic range, noise floor, frequency response, and distortion of the best analog tapes are well below the limits of redbook CDs. That said the tapes can certainly outperform the LPs. The music industry itself is to blame for much of the "CD is bad" myth by making "new and improved" masters with the dynamic range quashed to boost the loudness. Mark is one of the key guys who has exposed that.
"After silence, that which best expresses the inexpressible, is music" - Aldous Huxley