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Is current day music (pop) burned to CD's with MP3 quality?

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I am kind of getting into current day pop music, and I am looking at buying some CD's. My question is if the music on the CD's now is just burned from a lower quality file like MP3, and not a loseless codec.

 

Sorry if I put this in the wrong section, but I am somewhat new :)

post #2 of 4

Good Question I'm also curious.

post #3 of 4

I couldn't tell you for sure. The standard process is to take the studio master and simply downsample to 16/44.1. I doubt that they would go to the extra trouble to downsample, compress to MP3, and then convert back to WAV format.

 

As for the actual quality of a modern pop music mastering, you'll find that it sucks. Dynamic range compression destroys audio more than any sort of MP3 compression can.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_range_compression

post #4 of 4
CDs are by definition lossless.
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