The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #153894   Message #3607685
Posted By: Musket
06-Mar-14 - 07:20 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Are CDs becoming obsolete?
Subject: RE: Tech: Are CDs becoming obsolete?
I have an iOS app that digs out info about albums or even tracks as you either highlight or listen to them in either iTunes or the Amazon player app. Where they exist easily enough, it finds lyrics, history, links to info about the song or singer, composer, arrangement etc.

Some albums better than others to be fair, and some of the more local folk acts, very little even if you buy it from Amazon. But for others......   I did this with Martin Simpson's latest album and it even asked me if I wanted to follow him on twitter!

I have mine in two clouds, Amazon and iTunes. I also have the MP3 files on a back up server at home. In addition, all the ones I don't have CDs for will be on the playlists I have on an iPod in the car, as one playlist is "recently purchased" and an add in to add those albums to the iPod list once they disappear from the recently played.

I experimented recently with a recording of Bach Cello Suite. I played it through the home network straight off the server via WiFi into the HiFi, then off my phone through the Bluetooth link, then put a CD in. I used this recording as the cello works across the range and can show depth, warmth and many other aspects.

If there was a difference, it was too slight for me to notice enough to be annoyed. I have fairly good HiFi gear too, and the DAC for the Bluetooth link was a £20 affair, whilst the CD DAC cost me £500 a few years ago....