Originally Posted by crille_mannen
Premium account dont have advertising interruptions. Just that makes it worth it, not if the quality is 160 or 320kb/s who cares. And who hear the difference honestly??
Well, I'm one of the ones who cares! If you really
can't hear the difference in quality (and it matters not), you probably shouldn't be an audio engineer.
Is convenience and access to tons of music that's had it's sonic impact neutered really
more important than the actual experience of listening to well recorded music?
This lowest common denominator (it's good enough
) thinking is why the music industry is in the crapper and why people are not as emotionally engaged with music anymore. If you like your latest Ke$ha single playing back on a smartphone speaker, well yeah... who cares!
Spotify (in it's current sound quality state) is like Netflix streaming... Alright if you if you like Micheal Bay type movies and don't give a shit about the audio/visual quality of the playback, but if you're a film buff, you'll want the BluRay dvd option.
And don't get me started about the indie/mid-level artists that will be getting screwed (even more) on royalties and the dubious "accounting" thereof with this subscription model...
If us (the "content providers") don't champion a music delivery medium of high quality and easy distribution/storage, then well, like you said... who cares?
Most people that listen to mp3's on earbuds have probably already destroyed their hearing to where it really doesn't matter to them about audio quality any way.
It's like two opposing forces: One is trying to get digital to replicate the impact of good quality analog while the other is content to degrade an already compromised audio format even further.