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MP3s versus APE format

Since we recently put radios in our cars that allow for use of the iPod the long list of music available has been fantastic. But I noticed, probably for the first time, that it isn't as "deep" as the music pulled from the CDs. I realize that iPod and MP3's compress the music substantially but I'm not sure I like that for particular songs. I wonder if the future will allow for the uncompressed formats (APE is one example) to be understood by vehicular radios......

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Since we recently put radios in our cars that allow for use of the iPod the long list of music available has been fantastic. But I noticed, probably for the first time, that it isn't as "deep" as the music pulled from the CDs. I realize that iPod and MP3's compress the music substantially but I'm not sure I like that for particular songs. I wonder if the future will allow for the uncompressed formats (APE is one example) to be understood by vehicular radios......

There are several headunits on the market that currently support lossless and uncompressed audio. My Alpine supports FLAC audio as well as WAV. FLAC is lossless, but WAV still cuts back a tad on quality. Although technically, CDs store info in WAV format, I believe.
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There are several headunits on the market that currently support lossless and uncompressed audio. My Alpine supports FLAC audio as well as WAV. FLAC is lossless, but WAV still cuts back a tad on quality. Although technically, CDs store info in WAV format, I believe.
I think it would be more accurate to say that the WAV format uses the same 44.1 kHz PCM sample rate and 16 bit sample as the cd. Standard WAV, which is uncompressed, will give the same quality as a cd. FLAC can do the same thing since it is lossless. Its advantage is that it will compress files up to 50% and still retain all of the audio information. MP3 is great for storing lots of music when you don't need high quality, like playing through computer speakers or earbuds, but it's not really suitable for home or auto.

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The only time I even notice the loss is when I use test CDs for car audio. Most of the time, the producers are screwing up the sound quality of songs more than enough. I think the latest trend is to make the bass as muddy as possible and crank the midrange.
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Music is my life. I love musics very much. Especially, i like AR Rahman musics of melody songs. While travelling in a car, it would be very nice to hear AR songs. His musics are unforgettable one. Anytime favourite music is melodies..Thanks..
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