Hot on yesterdays news about the 80s music selections news from the world of classical music is distinctly ordinary. Apparently the UK’s favourite piece of classical music is The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. BBC Radio Four gave it a good airing lunchtime with a famous violinist explaining why we find the tune so attractive.
According to a poll of listeners to Absolute 80s (the commercial radio station) “Vienna” by Ultravox has been named as the UK’s favourite song from the 80s. It didn’t actually make it to No1 in the UK, it was held off by a novelty hit. Here are the rest of the top ten of the 80s –
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Take on Me – A-ha
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Blue Monday – New Order
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
Don’t You Want Me – Human League
Chatting to an audio system installer we got onto the topic of hardware, via a debate on the merits of Sonos. We considered what a system such as that does to the sound you have, and then he mentioned an amplifier he’d been listening to. He waxed lyrical, this seemed to be the best make-it-louder box you can imagine, and I was nodding up to the point that he mentioned the price tag …..
No, not a typo, that really was the cost of the system. Can I recommend that to you? Well, if you have a cool hundred grand slopping around in your bank account go ahead, but will you get the full benefit of your investment? Sadly no, unless you upgrade the source of the sound. Just bolting expensive equipment onto highly compressed music files won’t improve things. Your first step must be to move to Apple Lossless level quality files, and then you need do some thinking.
Beyond CD ripping into Apple Lossless you’ll need to source music ripped in higher bit rates than CDs were recorded. Putting it bluntly CDs don’t contain sounds worthy of such an expensive amp so you’ll need to buy your music through one of the high quality 24 bit music streaming services.
In the last few days there’s been speculation that Apple might cease production of its iPod range. Reason – falling sales. OK, falling by Apple’s standards but they still outsell all other portable music players. Any development costs associated with the device must have been recouped long ago.
So, no more iPods? I hardly think so. The whole home entertainment dynamic is huge for Apple, which means gigantic by anyone else’s standards; Apple can’t turn their back on that. So what will happen? My guess would be a new range based in a single chassis and using cheaper components but delivering portable music. Think iPod Touch Mk3 (or is it 3?). As a CD ripping service we’re still going to be here and expect to be following Apple for many years via portable music devices.
The Best Music File Format
One of the questions we’re asked most often is which file format is the best? Great question, no point in stepping into CD ripping unless you get the format right. Sadly there’s no single best answer to the question.
It’s been noticeable over the last few years, as hard disc drives have become cheaper and bigger, that people want to have better quality music and that means bigger data files. If you want to take that route then the best choice is either Apple Lossless or FLAC. Sonos and Apple users are, we suggest, best served by have their CDs ripped into Apple Lossless.
If a user wants more compressed music their choice is really determined by the type of software and hardware they use for listening to their music. I believe that AAC is technically better than MP3, so if you’re firmly in the Apple camp, there’s the file type for you. If you want to enjoy the freedom to use non-Apple products MP3 is a great choice. As, indeed, it is for those of us who just want to keep our options open. As a CD ripping service that’s why we offer FLAC, Apple Lossless, AAC alongside MP3.
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