This is depressing for someone like me. A Stanford professor did an informal study over several years, and he found that students each year preferred low-quality MP3 more and more. Like the author, this is disappointing for me because it most likely means it will become harder to find high-quality music. It’s already hard, but it will get worse. Even CDs are being mixed with MP3 players in mind.
I guess it comes down to what you’re used to. If it’s all you ever heard, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Personally, I am spoiled by hundreds of high quality live performances, and I always wanted to recreate that sound at home as much as possible. Low quality MP3s just don’t do it for me. They are fine on my iPhone or small player, but when I sit in front of my home system I want to hear like I was in the studio.
I had a similar experience many years ago when I had a top-end VCR with one of the best TVs available at the time. I thought the picture was amazing. Then I hooked up a cheap DVD player, and I forgot all about the VCR. The problem here is that these low quality recordings are becoming so much the norm that it will be hard for anyone to know what they are missing.
What is a music lover to do?