This past ten years technological advances in electronics has invaded the market with electronic gadgets ipods to high definition flat screen televisions. They are almost everywhere. You can observe a vast improvements in media devices and equipments where most of them become compact, slimmer, smaller so with their much improved quality except for music.
In various ways, the quality of what people hear has taken a step backward. To music expert ears, compress music files produce a crackly, tinnier and thinner sound than the conventional sound of a CD’s or DVD’s. In some way, the music industry has been the victim of its technological success.
With the arrival of electronic gadgets like the ipods and the convenience of loading songs and music onto the computer, it has generated a lot of patrons especially the younger generation who has satisfactorily traded sound fidelity over portability and convenience.
This is now a noticeable setback and obstacle for the music industry, in their quest of creating higher quality sounds. For decades since 1950, high fidelity stereo sound has been the fad for years, the demand is comparable to the flat screen TV of today.
Listening to this musical equipment is fun and enjoyable though, it is by far not portable and convenient compared to the musical gadgets of today. Nowadays, listening to music is customized to suit portability and convenience that anyone can enjoy it anywhere at his own time and pace.
The only drawback is, if this will be used with the headphone on while driving or any other work or activity that requires careful and personal attention, surely the inappropriate use of this gadget can jeopardize safety and security.
In an informal study with his students that is conducted by Jonathan Berger, a music professor of Stanford University, they found out that an increasing number preferred the sound of files with less data over the high fidelity recordings.
“What is considered good or bad sound changes overtime,” Berger said.
Jon Zimmer, an audio engineer and consultant with Stereo Exchange has commented about compressed files and i pods, where he said that the most popular audio devices today are “sucking the life out of music.”