i just read about the death of mp3 today, no more devices will be licenced to play mp3. the consumer has no say in the matter whatsoever. sound familiar?
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Actually that is a good news. MP3 was product of marketing of big companies, trying to sell low quality music to masses . For example HiRes Flac (24 bit / 96 Khz from good record label not based on marketing), sound so much better then Mp3 (but it's not for masses). When u listen the same version in Mp3 it sound like there is no music, just some sound. So if u compare with music:
Rim Brakes = TurnTables (There is everything u need, u listen whole emotion, passion of music, but it's "Old Fashioned")..
Disk Brakes =Mp3 and MP3 Players
(there is HighTech mumbo jumbo (im IT Engineer BTW), but there is no part that u really need to enjoy the music in real matter missing dynamics, resolution and everything masked.. A lot of compression).
Hidraulic Rim Brakes = HiRes or Good CD record, on good CdPlayer (there is some soul missing from Turntables, but at least sometimes there is more dynamic, and not missing what u need to enjoy the music if its done properly on good DAC or CD Player)
So most of peoples listen music in MP3 on Mp3 Devices in 2017 .. But that not mean that is better solution compared to old fashioned TurnTables for example
Of course.. It would be nice if there is possability to choose what we like.. The bad thing will be if there is no possible to get what u need/like because something like Mp3 become so mass consumed (in HiFi we are lucky that Turntables are getting back so actually there is some choice)