Your audio files are driving you away from music
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think... Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???
Much of the information left out during MP3 compression is at the
very high and low ends, which is why some MP3s sound flat. Without
enough low end, 'you don't get the punch anymore. It decreases the
punch of the kick drum and how the speaker gets pushed when the
guitarist plays a power chord.' The inner ear automatically compresses
blasts of high volume to protect itself, so we associate compression
with loudness. After a few minutes, constant loudness grows fatiguing
to the brain. Though few listeners realize this consciously, many feel
an urge to skip to another song.