Or does it?
According to an article in the NY Times:
"The last decade has brought an explosion in dazzling technological advances — including enhancements in surround sound, high definition television and 3-D — that have transformed the fan’s experience. There are improvements in the quality of media everywhere — except in music.
"In many ways, the quality of what people hear — how well the playback reflects the original sound— has taken a step back. To many expert ears, compressed music files produce a crackly, tinnier and thinner sound than music on CDs and certainly on vinyl. "
From In Mobile Age, Sound Quality Steps Back, NY Times May 9, 2010.
But just how founded in fact is the NY Times' article's condemnation of compressed digital music?
Well, Peter Kirn, in an article in the 'Create Digital Music' online magazine, published just the day after the NY Times piece, says:
"The story conflates everything from comparing analog to digital to dynamic compression in mastering to data compression, so it’s hard to know where to begin. But I’ll do my best to separate out the issues."
See how he gets on in The Myth of Falling Fidelity, and Audio History Unburdened by Fact.
"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"
- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.