BBC, AAC and the Art of Sophistry   
Paul Pi  05 Apr '05  
OK, so there's a highly suspicous article on the BBC website telling us about the flaws in MP3 technology:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3886405.stm

Here's what I wrote to the hack who penned-it:




Hi Bill,

You seemed to have conveniently forgotten to mention bitrates in your article on todays BBC website. Encode your MP3s at 192 or 256 Kbs and the sound quiality issue miraculously disappears. Why the omission? Certainly, file sizes increase, but if you're a i-pod poser then storage space is hardly an issue.

And what do you disengeniously suggest? That multi-media corporations change their methods of practice! Have you thought about a career in politics? Of course you do mention Ogg Vorbis (stupid name I concur), but that went seems to have been just to cover your dodgy pro-corporate position. It is every bit (no pun intended) as good as WMA or AAC. In fact, I'm mostly happy with 128kbs MP3's - if the song's good, who really gives a flying damn about pristine sound? Apart from you natch. In fact, it offends you so much you feel compelled to urge us (the punters) to "move-on" from this "flawed" format, like it's ruining my enjoyment of the music - WHAT?!?

This in fact is the main reason I write: to take issue over whether sound quality is the alpha & omega of music enjoyment - it would explain why fools like you got into Dire Straits in the 80s - the glorious CD sound eh? Never mind if the actual content is bland 'professional' product. The state of play in mainsream music is so pathetic I'd rather listen to most of it through tinny laptop speakers - after all, it's mostly designed as disposable airplay fodder and is as forgettable as the people who perform it anyway.

So why this article, this week? Hey - there's a new i-pod just about to come out! Well, well, well...

Shame on you Mr Mac - unless I'm very much mistaken, you get paid/sponsered for your 'expert' opinions and to promote these pretty (expensive) executive toys. I could go on about what this says about you, but of course I'd only be confirming what you already know.

Paul

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Cancellation.  
anonymous    24 Aug '05   
Mr. BBC journalist is fully down with da shit. MP3 does indeed stink. It genuinely sounds nasty, even at high bitrate. Try listening to a bass instrument while it's got something like a cello playing close notes to it. Notice that MP3 has shat on it? Dat's right. Now listen to the background hiss on an old pre-war recording that's been MP3'd at high bitrate. Wow, it's turned it into a chattering digital gremlin. MP3 has shat on it. BBC journalist is dead right. AAC will not do this nearly as badly. Digital Rights Management also stinks, Tick to BBC. iPod is truly fantastic Tick to BBC. And your choice of music should of course, quite rightly be an emotional, cultural one, rather than simply based upon techno-fascism and anality. This the BBC journalist doesn't even bother to mention, and nor should you.
 
oops, I forgot to say why iPod is fantastic.  
anonymous    24 Aug '05   
It's because you can put 10,000 songs in a cigarette packet, and plug headphones into it. Da dah!

I was at a house party with a few friends. There was an iPod, and all the music on it sucked in our opinions. So a mate pulled out his one, snapped it into the base station and da dah! His entire record collection came out to play.

Welcome to the future.
 
RE: Cancellation  
Paul Pi    23 Jan '06   
Damn I only just read this... Unfortunately you have entirely missed the point I was making. I wasn't saying that ipod's were crap per se - why would I give a shit either way? (after all, there's a million different media players to choose from, many with greater storage than this years 'must-have' accessory) . Neither am I especially biased toward any particular media format, unless that format make's a special point of binding you in a LEGAL contract (with limitations) to a corporate record company. Apple & the music industry are looking to make you pay for tracks that cost virtually fuck-all to download and we're expected to pay 89p whatever. The problem is one of general apathy (of which you clearly exhibit) towards the inevitable attempted capitalist lock-down of cyberspace.

As for those sneakiest of all parasites: trade journalists - who have often vested interest in talking-up the latest kit - well, they are quite entitled to (and do) make their comfy way in the world. But this is important. More important than some selfish prick whose cultural appreciation starts and ends with bitrates and packaging. He is selling the man to YOU. And whilst YOU may be happy (or youthful and gullible enough) to buy in, I'm not, ok?! I am certain however that the journalist in question would have understood exactly where I was coming from and, I'd hope, remorseful enough to at least think twice before he did a dirty next time...

And finally - that we can all now (well, those who can afford it) take our entire personal lifestyle soundtrack out & about with us is indeed cool but it's hardly clever. The way you put things sounds like you reckon they're one and the same. If only, homeboy...
 
postscript  
Paul Pi    23 Jan '06   
I just re-read the original BBC article. And guess what? - it appears that they've modified the story in light of the comments made by pimusic, amongst many others no doubt. I'm not sure whether this is a Good Thing, but at least it goes to show that they're not yet so blase that public opinion counts for nothing...
 
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