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Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod

 
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Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Legendary singer Neil Young has claimed that late Apple's visionary-co-founder Steve Jobs, who was credited with delivering the iPod, preferred listening to vinyl records rather than modern gadgets.

The rocker, speaking at a technology conference, said Jobs preferred vinyl records' sound compared to the iPod's digitally-compressed files.

"Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl," The Daily Mail quoted Young, as saying.


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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Not a surprise. Anyone with a good ear for music knows that digital music lacks the full range of analog recordings.

mp3s and other formats make it even worse by stripping out portions of the sound that you can't hear, but you most certainly can feel and sense somehow.

I remember when CD tookover from tapes, and music just sounded so tinny, with no low end. Digital music has it's limits, and totally sucks at passing along bass frequency.
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
and ogg rather than mp3 rofl
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Not a surprise. Anyone with a good ear for music knows that digital music lacks the full range of analog recordings.

mp3s and other formats make it even worse by stripping out portions of the sound that you can't hear, but you most certainly can feel and sense somehow.

I remember when CD tookover from tapes, and music just sounded so tinny, with no low end. Digital music has it's limits, and totally sucks at passing along bass frequency.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9866365


Correct,

MP3's/wma/mini disc etc, are all HEAVILY compressed...

Nothing beats the "warm" analogue sound from Vinyl...
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02/01/2012 03:51 PM
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
There is nothing about digital audio per se that is "worse" than analog.

The problem with CD/MP3 is that they became standards back when RAM, storage and analog-to-digital (and vice-versa) conversion hardware were all very expensive.

This meant that CDs settled on a 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sample format which is just OK in terms of quality, but now we can do 24-bit, 96kHz just as inexpensively and it is literally orders of magnitude better in terms of frequency response and dynamic range. Far better than analog.

Of course, MP3s then take that 16-bit 44.1kHz CD audio that has been ripped to disk and encode it an even lower bitrate, with lossy compression in order to decrease the file size.

We have traded off a little sound quality for portability and the ability to stream and/or store a lot more music on a device. Of course, through the little ear buds that come with most MP3 players the point is moot anyway.

I'll still never go back to vinyl or cassette.
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W/e the bass still blows my ears out and thats all i need.
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mp3's are compressed and they sound like shit. They are convenient, but they don't give you the full spectrum. No surprise here.
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Legendary singer Neil Young has claimed that late Apple's visionary-co-founder Steve Jobs, who was credited with delivering the iPod, preferred listening to vinyl records rather than modern gadgets.

The rocker, speaking at a technology conference, said Jobs preferred vinyl records' sound compared to the iPod's digitally-compressed files.

"Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl," The Daily Mail quoted Young, as saying.


[link to economictimes.indiatimes.com]
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Proves the man was pretty smart after all
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Legendary singer Neil Young has claimed that late Apple's visionary-co-founder Steve Jobs, who was credited with delivering the iPod, preferred listening to vinyl records rather than modern gadgets.

The rocker, speaking at a technology conference, said Jobs preferred vinyl records' sound compared to the iPod's digitally-compressed files.

"Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl," The Daily Mail quoted Young, as saying.


[link to economictimes.indiatimes.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9896244


Oh and by the way..he wasn't the pioneer for digital music either..but hey why rock the boat of delusion
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Not a surprise. Anyone with a good ear for music knows that digital music lacks the full range of analog recordings.

mp3s and other formats make it even worse by stripping out portions of the sound that you can't hear, but you most certainly can feel and sense somehow.

I remember when CD tookover from tapes, and music just sounded so tinny, with no low end. Digital music has it's limits, and totally sucks at passing along bass frequency.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9866365


Correct,

MP3's/wma/mini disc etc, are all HEAVILY compressed...

Nothing beats the "warm" analogue sound from Vinyl...
 Quoting: Missile Offensive 9764190


So true!
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02/01/2012 10:40 PM
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Vinyl is awesome. Fortunately I have a decent turntable with a good cartridge hooked up through a pre-amp/mixer and equalizer to my computer. Makes my $100 speakers sound like $500 speakers. hehe. The bass is heavier (the bass speaker is literally kicking off the wall as I listen to this Fear Factory Mechanize album rockon) and the highs have better seperation.
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I'm a GLP vinyl junkie.
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Not a surprise. Anyone with a good ear for music knows that digital music lacks the full range of analog recordings.

mp3s and other formats make it even worse by stripping out portions of the sound that you can't hear, but you most certainly can feel and sense somehow.

I remember when CD tookover from tapes, and music just sounded so tinny, with no low end. Digital music has it's limits, and totally sucks at passing along bass frequency.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9866365




of course, all the sound engineers i know are vinyl heads.

well most of them.

analog versus digitial.

i've heard all the arguments.

vinyl still rules. done right.
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02/01/2012 11:12 PM
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
iTunes skips, it sucks.
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Yet he probably had his turntable connected to $50K speakers.
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Real life is analog.
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
I wonder if Bill Gates has a penguin running on his computer ! hmm
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Lp's were so dam cool. If you had a nice system they sounded so warm and alive. Not to mention the liner notes and ocasional pack-ins. Anybody else remember all the goodies that were in The Beatles White Album or the paper panties in Alice Cooper's Schools' Out LP? Yea I'm old and all that but I can remember the day LZ's Physical Grafitti came out and the way it sounded when I dropped the needle on the vinyl the very first time and how amazing it was. Despite my fond memories I don't even own a turntable anymore, all my shit is on the computer. It is sacrificing quality for convenience but I guess that's the way it goes I suppose. A Zippo is a far superior lighter to a Bic...how many people have them...blah blah reminice....
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Re: Steve Jobs preferred 'better sounding' vinyl records than own Apple iPod
Yet he probably had his turntable connected to $50K speakers.
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