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How do you listen to music? MP3 player, iPhone, radio, internet, vinyl?

 

If the 50’s and 60's were the era of the record, in the 70's we had tape, (lovely 8-tracks and cassettes!), and the Sony Walkman, then CD's in the 80’s and now MP3's.

 

This Day in Music is running a poll to find out how you listen to your music.

 

If you fancy having a vote http://tinyurl.com/tdimpoll

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the MP3 sucks as bad as the rip. if you get a good bitrate rip, the MP3 can be just as good as the CD

Agreed that with a good bit-rate we may not notice much of a difference in quality between MP3 and WAV (even though there is still is a loss of audio quality no matter how high the bit-rate) but the problem is the amount of memory each song takes up gets larger as the bitrate goes up.

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Agreed that with a good bit-rate we may not notice much of a difference in quality between MP3 and WAV (even though there is still is a loss of audio quality no matter how high the bit-rate) but the problem is the amount of memory each song takes up gets larger as the bitrate goes up.

With the cost of HDDs today that's essentially a mute point. Even with 256 Kbps MP3s (which are essentially CD quality) the average $60 HDD can hold more than you'll ever own (1.5 TB / ~10 MB song == 150,000+ songs).

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When at home I listen to my CD/SACD's through my sound system, without extra processing (if it didn't have a center channel I don't want a center channel). Sometimes I'll pull out my studio quality headphones, but normally I keep to my 3-way speakers with their 10in woofers.

When I'm not at home I'll use an mp3 player. Either my Creative Zen or my iPod Touch. I do rip my audio at the best quality I can and use a variable bit rate to keep the size down, so it doesn't take up too much room for me. Also, I've got just under 8GB of music right now anyway, so I have plenty of room for the higher bit rates.

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Car

Alpine head unit, Alpine Amp, Pioneer speakers

 

Home

Pioneer A/V Receiver

Cerwin Vega sub and loudspeakers

MP3's / CDs / Vinyl

 

PC

Creative xFI Titanium

Altec Lansing sub and satellite speakers or cheapo Turtlebeach headphones

 

I'm not really an audiophile though. Most of my digital collection is in MP3 format.

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