Midnight Oil


Michael mbtigger at charter.net
Tue Jan 6 13:39:49 MST 2004

> To me the "degeneration" of the quality is not a big deal (live
> recordings usually don't sound very good anyway), and I think many agree
> with me. Like Michael, I'm not interested in getting the whole thing,
> but there are a few songs I would like to hear. For example I think the
> demo version of "Bakerman" (with LYRICS, according to Rob's book) seems
> very interesting. :-)
> I understand if you don't want to do mp3 conversions, but there has to
> be a better reason than "they degenerate the quality of the .wav files".

As an end-line user, mp3 trading and special software won't make a
noticeable difference. But every time you copy a file, you have the
potential to introduce erros. After many generations (copies of copies of
copies etc)  people MIGHT notice a hiss, or a pop or some other noise in the
sound file.

Extreme care is probably is not necessary, the file usually ends up after
multiple generations with no problems, but good source files and good
software help reduce the chance of this happening. It's just people being
extra careful. It does not hurt to be extra careful and guard against that
one in a thousand chance (or whatever it is) that the file you are copying
will have noticable problems down the road.

When you think of the millions of music files that go through many, many
generations - Statistically SOME of them will become noticably bad. The
extra careful traders are just trying to reduce that number by a small
fraction. Ridiculous? - Maybe; Unecessary Overkill? - In most cases yes; But
when that bad file comes along, the extra careful traders can lift thier
heads up high and give that most satisfying of all cries "Don't Look at ME!
It Wasn't My Fault!"

I must be bored to have writen this piece...