Ha, that is an interesting article. I'm not a baby boomer, but I am old enough to remember listening to 8-track tapes. I don't particularly understand the "distrust" comment? It seems the article implies that some individuals were hesitant to play mp3s because they have seen so many changes in music media types over the years. <br><br>But that isn't actually relevant here because this isn't "media", but rather digital file type. So, it isn't anything like cassette tapes that require a special player that will become obsolete, these just require any computer with the proper decompressor program. While the file compression may change from mp3 to AAC, the "player" will remain the same. I know this isn't the message that the article was trying to send but it is an important point that people that aren't familiar with digital technology should understand.<br><br>For me, the iPod was an immediate purchase. I now find CDs to be bulky, limited, and rather annoying. I can now fit hundreds of albums in the palm of my hand and can play them in the car, home stereo, or on headphones. What's the point of lugging around a few albums on CDs? The first thing I do when I get a new CD album is rip it, store on a drive and my iPod and retire that CD to a dusty shelf as hard copy that I will probably never use again... <br><br>
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I'am a boomer and love the mp3 format, much much better than 8-track. Just wish I'd stayed up nights with my kids when napster was rocking! As for the iPod, one of these days. Question, would an iPod stand up to many miles of running?<br><br>Too Easy!
My only concern is that MP3 is good enough for most people, and that the companies will start to sell music in native MP3 format *instead* of CDs. CDs still sound better than MP3s. MP3 is ok most of the time, but I still want to be able to listen to premium quality music.<br><br>
Yes, I use my pod for running all the time. However, I don't often run for "many miles" .<br><br>Apple has stated that they constructed the iPod with this sort of thing in mind. Here is a thread where we talked about jogging with an iPod.<br><br>I agree that mp3 format can be lower quality than uncompressed audio, but when converted properly at bitrates of 256 or higher the quality is almost identical and yet less than 1/5 the size. Compression technology is always getting better and will eventually be almost "lossless" I would bet.<br><br>
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