I love music.

I write about the music I like and have purchased for the benefit of better understanding it and sharing my preferences with others.

Higher Def Audio

I've been tempted as of late to try some online services that sell music not in compressed formats. Today I purchased two albums from Linn records in Scotland. Their digital downloads come in three flavors: mp3, cd quality, or "studio masters." I downloaded 24 bit flac files, and the albums each weighed in at around 1 GB. I used a program to convert those to Apple lossless. I edited the album info, then added their HQ artwork via iTunes. More trouble than amazon or iTunes store for sure. But the sound has a perceptible improvement! Smoothness would best describe the quality. Also a tinge more "liveness" to the sound. Dynamics, perhaps? It's akin to a small hifi upgrade. I just hope it gets easier to procure more albums more easily soon. Buxtehude Sonatas , op. 2, and Vivaldi, op. 8, part two, both featuring violinist Stefano Montanari.