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Re: You Tube and commercially available cds
It's worth noting that many record producers use YT as a legitimate marketing tool, though I do wonder with the plethora of freeware out there for downloading YT content, whether those producers using YT are sufficiently concerned that uploading some/all of a product is effectively giving it away. If there is a presumption, it's perhaps that the consumer will suppose YT is a lower quality source (not to mention the ads!), and better is to be had from the original, purchasable product. From a simple test I did, this supposition may not be valid. I downloaded from YT a recording, recently reviewed on MWI, that the producer has uploaded as separate movements. When I inspected the downloaded files, the format was given as 192kbps mp3, and listening on electrostatic headphones, the quality was exemplary and as described in the review; as good as or better, in fact, than many lossless recordings I have of the same work. Not being one who readily dismisses mp3 (and supported by research evidence), I had no reasonable expectation that the original product would sound any better, and so for all intents and purposes, I had the genuine article.
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