One Christmas At A Time, FLAC?
edited July 2015 in JoCo Music
I've gone all audiophile and have been building up a library of lossless music, including JoCo's, but I just can't find a way to get a hold of lossless FLAC versions of One Christmas At A Time. Amazon only provides CDs and MP3s and iTunes is... well, iTunes.
Anyone know a place I can find One Christmas At A Time in lossless format? I'd sure appreciate it
I think you're using an idiosyncratic definition of "lossy" and "lossless."
Those terms are mostly used to refer to compression algorithms. FLAC is lossless. So is Apple Lossless. MP3 and AAC and Ogg are lossy.
CDs themselves aren't really compressed. It's just that the music has been digitized. I get that some people insist that this results in the loss of some of the information vs. vinyl, but nobody has ever been able to prove that in a listening test, so it seems like woo to me, but if you're happy, well, knock yourself out.
>Properly recorded classical music also tends to sound miles better in a good lossless format.
To the best of my knowledge, this has never been shown to be true in a blind test. And I've looked into this a LOT.
High-bitrate (>256, and perhaps even lower) compressed formats like MP3 and AAC are indistinguishable from lossless formats. Realistically, any FLAC JoCo sold would be the end result of the same process that produced his CDs, so by your usage it'd still be "lossy."
You may be thinking of the CD sample rate, which is 41.1kHz. But that needs to be multiplied by the bit depth of 16 bits (per channel) to be equivalent.
Chetman is correct. CD and lossless (FLAC, Apple Lossless) are largely identical in how they subjectively sound, but CD is still the standard for uncompressed "raw" audio (notwithstanding other audio formats with 96kHz rates like SACD or Blu-Ray Audio).
Also, "expansion of dynamic range"? Mp3s do not magically improve the volume of the music. Or add headroom. A poorly mastered, overly loud wav file still sounds like a poorly mastered, overly loud mp3.