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Regardless of audio codec what type of music downloads do you purchase? Pick all that apply.


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I get the highest resolution offered for a particular title. I will get 16/44 titles, if I like the music. There are a good number of titles that are only offered at 16/44.

 

I don't buy low-res music. I haven't found anything I want in the DSD format yet.


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I'm quite happy to purchase music on iTunes, even if higher resolution is available. Let's face it, a lot of stuff simply isn't good enough to justify more expense.

 

(I've subsequently upgraded in some cases.)


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I get the highest resolution offered for a particular title. I will get 16/44 titles, if I like the music. There are a good number of titles that are only offered at 16/44.

 

I don't buy low-res music.

 

D'accord.

 

I have a lot of SACDs, bought before DSD computer playback was possible, and a lot after. I have no complains regarding music availability in this format. Of course nor all the music I love is available now and at the nice price. But... hope is the last thing to go.

 

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If it is available 24/192, but I am upgrading to dsd. But most of the time from HDTracks 24/192.


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Music is music, to be honest, even live music is often "not that good" due to acoustic, equipment or not ideal seats... etc. I only download high resolution (more expensive!) if its a high quality product in terms of recording, mixing, and mastering. But then if a good piece of music is only available in iTunes store, I wouldn't hesitate to download.


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I don't download MP3 or 16/44 because I can usually find the CD for the same price. Then I have an automatic backup copy once I rip it.

 

If I do find a hi-res download, I usually go for the highest available.

 

 

PS

As a side note. Now that I am using more software for playback, I am going to try and play with forced up sampling to see if there is a difference. I know this is not exactly the same as purchasing it originally in a higher res, but worth a shot.


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........ purchase?

 

Was that a typo?

 

No. I specifically meant purchase. I realize there are alternative choices for downloading some may choose to participate in.


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DSD if it's available. If not, will consider 24/192, but I have to admit I've been disappointed by those frequently enough I'm now rather hesitant. Oddly (or not), have been very happy with the quality of most recent CD purchases.


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BTW, thanks to those who recommended the (24/96) Uncle John's Band and American Beauty downloads from HDTracks. Very, very nice.


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I don't buy low-res music, but buy a mix of 16/44.1 and 24-bit music. I only tend to buy 16/44.1 when buying/importing the CD is significantly more expensive.


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So where does everyone buy these HQ downloads from? HD Tracks? I find their selections quite limited, especially with new music.


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If something is only available in 16/44.1 I would rather just buy the CD as the price is usually comparable. I also get a hard back-up and nicer liner notes as well. Now, if I buy from Amazon I also get a lo-res version in the cloud.

 

Only reason to download is if something is only available in some higher resolution or not available in CD. I have to say though that I am very hesitant to pay a premium for hi-res until I have seen some posts that verify that it is a better version that is available in CD. I am finding more and more music I enjoy only being released on MP3 through iTunes which is frustrating.

 

Call me medium fashioned as I like the tangible of the CD. I used to be old fashioned as I liked vinyl and the large format album cover but I got over that once I heard how good a CD sounds on even a mediocre system.

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I buy the best copy of the music I am interested in. If the only copy I can find of a particular album is 256AAC, it's mine. I would prefer it in DSD, but hey, that isn't always going to happen.

 

Two exceptions:

 

(1) If the cost between 24/96 and 24/192 is excessive, and I do not have reason to believe the 24/192 copy will be much better than the 24/96, I buy the 24/96.

 

and / or

 

(2) If I am unsure if I will like the music, I am more likely to buy the CD or 16/44.1K than anything else. CD's can sound really good, but paying a high premium for exquisite quality upfront for something I may not like or be excited by is not something I will willingly do. Even if I know the technical production to be excellent. I would rather spend the money on more music...

 

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I'm quite happy to purchase music on iTunes, even if higher resolution is available. Let's face it, a lot of stuff simply isn't good enough to justify more expense.

 

(I've subsequently upgraded in some cases.)

 

+ 1

 

Every time I have subsequently upgraded, I was dissappointed to hear either no significant difference or found that the higher res master was inferior to the one used in my iTunes purchase.

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Stereo is a little low-res for me, I prefer surround!

 

I will take anything from 16/44 and up, but 24/96 5.1 is the format I download more often.

 

Blu-rays are often a better deal when it comes to surround.

2L offers a selection of formats on a the blu-ray for the cost of one download (in only one format).

I suppose AIX must do the same as they record both at stage and audience , but I have yet only downloaded albums.

 

I don't understand the logic behind the pricing, but it is what it is.


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24/96 has been my preferred resolution (the middle way), but I'm coming to realise lately what a huge catalogue of cd quality music Qobuz has - of near iTunes proportions. I recently downloaded Muddy Waters' "The Folk Singer" in 16/44.1 and I would defy anyone to pick it from a high res. Just goes to show, the quality of the original recording/mastering is the most important factor.


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I don't download that much music; I rip almost all my music from CDs that I purchase. But I will from time to time download music from Amazon or iTunes.


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I'm fine with 24/96K. It is the highest res I can stream to my stereo system in dlna and tablet. So from a practical standpoint anything higher I'd have to downsample.

 

I think this resolution is a good sweet spot as far as diminishing returns and vabilty to play it on my stereo or devices.

 

I do not mess with lossy audio and really wish we would move on from it. 16\44k is the lowest quality audio I will ever deal with.

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