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Fagen's new album is very good. Especially what would be the first side of the record. It finishes strong, too.
Donald's stuff isn't as great without Becker, but my main complaint about the new album is the format/sound quality.
after 7 years of ipod, and itunes I've finally concluded that mp3s suck. They were a great novelty, but they sound like listening to music through a tin can compared to my memory of what Steely Dan records soundeded like on vinyl. Fagen's new album, despite having some great songs, makes me long for that old sound.
1) I wonder if they pressed a record for it.
 Even a CD is a vast improvement from mp3, especially if you have a nice system to play it on. Mp3 is just so damn compressed
3) I still listen to my old CDs in the car,and they sound so much better than the mp3s that were burned to disc.
2) It's been at least 20 years since I used a turntable.
I feel stuck between formats. I'm in an Apple rut. No more stereo, just a Bose player for my ipod.
 FYI, you can put full CD audio quality tracks on your iPod--you'll need to buy the CDs and rip them into iTunes, naturally. If mp3s are that disappointing sounding to you it's the obvious step to take.
5) I think if I'm going to revert, I'll go back to vinyl. The Beatles records (actual records) came out today.
i teach this tune - and groove - at the music college.
i don't know much about mp3's and stuff, but a buddy was telling me about something called "flac", or something like that. i think it acts as a better sounding mp3, but i'm not positive about it...
i worry about these things. i'm about to release my 2nd CD (by the end of the year). i like to sell physical copies of the discs, but most folks nowadays wanna click away and buy them from a different source than me at my website.
my music is mainly percussion duets (drums & mallets) and i'm afraid the mp3's files can sound thin & empty and nowhere as good & full as the original disc...
7) yeah, a guy I work with just hipped me to "flac" files.
You can play them on your computer, but not on an ipod or other mp3 player.
Get on that, Apple! What the flac!
FLAC files can be "decoded" into full wav files for burning to disc. They're unadulterated and are fully there. The problem with non-mp3 formats for stuff like iTunes is that the file size is huge. Mp3 has its place - i love being able to have nearly 30,000 songs that fit in my pocket wherever I go, and frankly, standing on a subway platform, you ain't missing those lost frequencies. However, for home listening, it's generally worth the effort to have a hard CD or LP.
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