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MP3 vs FLAC
This one is a hard sell. Because I believe recording quality DEFINITELY makes more of a difference than the file format. BUT I still don't want to use MP3. I am OK with 320 streaming for on the go use or in a kitchen while cooking on a cheap speaker but if you sit down and actually want to LISTEN to your music it should be lossless. Even if an un-noticeable 2% degradation in quality happens via joint stereo MP3 it should be out of the question this day and age.
It is 2016. MP3's came about in like 1996 (I was there, I remember). So as players and hard drives and internet connections have exponentially risen in size and speed why do so many want to hold on to a format that is no longer even developed. I mean a 16/44 flac album of standard length is now roughly the same filesize as a single, standard def episode of a TV show. Nobody should have a problem storing 500GB of music (roughly 20,000 tracks) on any modern PC. They don't even sell hard drives that small unless you go solid state.
Long Story Short "Death to the MP3".. It is only good for streaming purposes and should be abolished from the hard drives of the world, Just because it is old.
I also listen to MP3's on-the-go. The sound quality (or lack thereof) doesn't bother me when it's ambient sound: in the car or doing yard work.
However, when I'm critically listening I can tell 100% of the time FLAC from MP3. This stands true even if I'm plugged straight into the computer (no DAC) with stock headphones.
But you have to give it to MP3 that during this time the quality of encoders has drastically changed. Also, 99.9% of the people don't hear the difference in tests, why should they waste their space with something they don't need?