Mp3 vs Cd – 2655 words – College
Mp3 vs Cd – 2655 words – College

Mp3 vs Cd – 2655 words – College

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The digital era versus the institutions of analog; the format war in relation to the music industry The intent of this essay is to look at the ongoing battle known as the format war, I will begin by looking at the history of vinyl. I will begin to discuss the new and “improved” digital era of music production with its ongoing demands and browsing and how this ongoing battle between certain formats seems to be here to stay.Given that the subject in question is such a broad subject I am going to be concentrating on a specific case study of peer-to-peer file transferring with precise reference to Napster and the way it paved a new path for the downloadable MP3’s and how industries jumped on the bandwagon and used the once frowned upon technology today as a selling point. I will look specifically ay MP3 and Vinyl in the ever changing tastes and demands in this evolving internet culture and club culture. History of Vinyl.

The gramophone or more commonly known as vinyl record, vinyl, phonograph record, or simply record is an analog sound storage medium.It consists of a flat disc with an inscribed set of grooves, which denote certain pitches and tones when amplified and read by a record player, giving us the listener, the music we crave and purchase on a daily basis. This process was generally used for commercial music reproduction for the best part of the 20th century, although this old fashioned technology had been replaced and advanced drastically since, many music fanatics and DJ

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s still prefer vinyl as their weapon of choice and believe that it provides a rich and balanced sound found in no other format. I have never heard a CD or an MP3 with anything even remotely like the richness, vibrancy and atmosphere that can come from a vinyl record. ” Most of the vinyl’s released into the music industry were known as either an LP or an EP, both acronyms for Long Play, referring to almost all recordings and Extended Play, which referred to 45 rpm recordings with twice the usual number of songs on each side.

Sizes of records in America and the UK are generally measured in inches. The rpm refers to their rotational speeds in revolutions per minute.LPs are most often in the 12” format, although the early vinyl recordings were 10”. They are commonly made of PVC , hence may be referred to as vinyl records or simply just vinyl. The Digital Era.

With the internet playing a bigger and bigger part in day to day life, a format was needed for everyday use, instead of searching through your CD collection or vinyl collection to choose your favourite track, people wanted something digital and with technology advancements becoming more and more impressive and capable. Behold the WAV file.Short for Waveform audio format, it is a process of storing data digitally via an audio bitstream on PCs. WAV files are generally large in file size when uncompressed. So as file sharing over the Internet has become more and more popular with broadband limits being only a fraction of

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what is capable today a solution was needed, thus a format was created for that very purpose. Behold the dreaded mp3.

Also known as an MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, but more commonly referred to as MP3. It is a digital audio encoding format and is a common audio format for consumer audio storage.With the WAV format declining in popularity, it is still a commonly used, relatively “pure” in sound, a lossless file type with a high quality of sound and used within the industry on systems where a high end sound is required and disk space is not a restriction. With compressed audio solutions more commonly available the internet went crazy, the entire world was a sharing nation. The small file sizes allowed faster Internet transfers, as well as lower consumption of space on storage devices such as a hard drives.Although with this compression of smaller file size the loss of audio quality was imminent.

Case Study – Napster. I have chosen to look at the first and most famous file sharing service of all time, I have decided to use Napster as my case study. With this sudden growth in MP3 files and various other music formats, Napster was the first online music file sharing service. It was the beginning of the peer-to-peer sharing service which is so widely used in today’s internet culture, and has made a major impact on how people use and browse the Internet for music.It was created in 1999 by Shawn Fanning, a student from North-eastern University in Boston and named Napster after Fanning’s nickname. Fanning was fed up of the current solutions to searching for music on the internet, using programs such as IRC so he soon created his own solution.

Fig 1. Napster particularly focussed in music in the form of MP3 files and presented a friendly user-interface which was simple and easy to use. The result was a system that worked perfectly and whose popularity generated an enormous audience worldwide with a superior selection of music to download as its selling point.Napster’s simple technology allowed even the most recreational of internet users to gain access to their ongoing database of illegal files and folders, giving everyday people the chance to easily share these illegal MP3 format song files with each other worldwide adding to its popularity and expansion. This simple and almost effortless way of obtaining illegal mp3 downloads and tracks soon lead to the music industry’s allegations of mass copyright violations worldwide.

With growing popularity and word of mouth Infamous rock band Metallica soon discovered that a demo of their song ‘I Disappear’ had been circulating the internet across the Napster p2p network before it was even released. This allowed radio stations to get the chance to jump on an exclusive play and get a hold of such track via the internet, thus leaking the song onto the radio waves and being played on several radio stations across America. On further investigation Metallica found their entire back catalogue of material also available via this file sharing networking.This angered both band and record company, promptly responding in 2000 by filing a lawsuit

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