Quality of Napster Downloads compared to in Store CDs?

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  1. Brian Cal

    Brian Cal Stunt Coordinator

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    I finally got a real computer and was looking into getting my music online from now on. What I would like to do is download music and burn it to CDrs so I can listen to it on my good stereo system. I was just wondering if I will lose a lot of sound quality this way over buying the actual CD. Or, is the difference in sound quality minmal, or even the same?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Brian E

    Brian E Screenwriter

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    Doesn't Napster use MP3 for their stuff? While MP3's can sound pretty good if done right they aren't of the quality the same song would have on CD.

    Is anyone doing a download service with actual CD quality audio files or is it all compressed MP3, AAC, WMA stuff?
     
  3. ElevSkyMovie

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    I know of no service that offers full wav files. Napster uses WMA files.
     
  4. Brian E

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    That's what I thought. I know Rhapsody says they have "CD Quality Audio". I don't know that I've heard a 128kbps Real Audio file, but I somehow doubt it's CD quality.
     
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    Your doubts would be correct. It's not the same thing. Downloading music is sacrificing sound quality for convenience.
     
  6. Brian Cal

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    That sucks. Oh well, I may check it out just for comparison purposes. I looked at Rhapsody, and they charge a $9.95/month subscription fee in addition to a fee for each track. How lame is that?!
     
  7. Garrett Lundy

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    Very Lame. iTunes baby!
     
  8. Michael St. Clair

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    Has anybody done a DBT or even sighted a/b comparison of lossy iTunes AAC versus lossy Napster WMA (of the exact same songs), played back on the same PC?
     
  9. PhilBoy

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    An A/B done with a pair Pro Media's or Sennhieser cans would be good...
     

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