I had a conversation recently with a 25 y.o. girl listening to 56 kb/s MP3 (not, it’s not a typo…, I wrote 56 !). I was playing for her someÂ Deutsche Grammophon recordings on CD, trying to make her hear the difference. I gave up.
Jonathan Berger,Â Professor of Music at Stanford University, California, has conducted an eight-year study in which students have rated various audio formats while listening to the same song.
â€œI found not only that MP3s were not thought of as low quality, but over time there was a rise in preference for MP3sâ€Â said the Professor. And before we get offended, Berger reminds us that we used to prefer vinyls to CDs:Â â€œSome people prefer that needle noise, the noise of little dust particles that create noise in the grooves, I think thereâ€™s a sense of warmth and comfort in that.â€
This becomes problematic when music production must be conceived according to those low standards. And that is obviously what is happening now.