There is no longer any reason to store anything at less than lossless. Whether it's better or not is up to debate, but storage is so cheap now, everything should be stored at FLAC or ALAC. Nothing should be stored at lossy. Why bother? Storage is too cheap now.
Why are people still wasting their time storing lossy files and trying to establish that they are just us good when storage is so cheap that it's no longer necessary to store lossy files in the first place or debate their quality?
The only reason to store lossy files is if that's the only copy you have, and in that case, it's perfectly reasonable. However, storage is so cheap, everyone should have already moved to lossless files, unless they only have access to lossy files.
Plenty of people can hear the difference in lossless files. Lossy files are still a necessity for those who don't have anything better, but certainly no longer necessary by modern storage.
Why would anyone insist on lossy files when lossless files are so cheap? There is no longer any realistic price differential. Some claim they can hear the difference, and some claim they can't. However, the price differential has disappeared, so why not just store lossless?
There is no longer any point in the debate between lossy and lossless files! Just store lossless because file storage is so cheap, why wouldn't you just store the lossless files? What are you trying to save? 3TB or more is dirt cheap on a computer, and portable storage is getting cheaper all them time. Why wouldn't anyone just store lossless?
Suckers have only tried to claim lossy was equal, but they never could claim it was better. Now, there's no reason to mess with their claims at all!
Why listen to MP3 or 256 AAC VBR? There's no reason for it.
Maybe it's as good. Maybe it isn't. But why even bother? Why not just get lossless files?
Edited by StratocasterMan - 6/24/13 at 2:25am