Give Me All the Bits, Dammit!

This will seem obvious to anyone who thinks about it for more than a minute or two, but:

JPG : RAW :: MP3 : FLAC

JPGs [and GIFs, and PNGs, and the like] are great for transport, as are MP3s [and M4A/AAC, WMA, etc.]: both trade fidelity for filesize. Good is the enemy of great, though. I’m sometimes asked why I don’t buy many digital downloads of music, or why I hoard hard disks like they’re gonna stop making them. The answer is pretty simple: I want all the bits. I believe in a future where our compressed copies are gonna be like the 8-track—we’ll remember them fondly for their portability, but we won’t have anything to play on them.

I am, also, the same person whose first act on opening a physical CD is to make a copy of it; after ripping, that CD goes back into its case and is rarely seen again.

Don’t make me cut you.

Update: Hunter smacked me later, noting that PNG is indeed lossless. I will now light myself on fire.

6 thoughts on “Give Me All the Bits, Dammit!”

  1. “I am, also, the same person whose first act on opening a physical CD is to make a copy of it; after ripping, that CD goes back into its case and is rarely seen again.”

    Same here, man. 🙂

  2. Yeah, but I do mostly the same thing with CDs that you do. I open them, rip them, place them in a flip folder, and throw the jewel case away (mainly because I do not want hundreds of these things around taking up space that is better taken up with books).

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