You don’t miss what you’ve never heard

I have fallen into the trap of spending money on Hifi equipment some time ago and people generally don’t really understand why I would be doing that. The following is a very true statement to describe the situation:

I know some of you are thinking you can’t hear the difference. The thing about quality audio is that it’s something of an acquired taste, few people yearn for high-end sound, and even a brief encounter with a great speaker or headphone might not win you over. You don’t miss what you’ve never heard, and I’m reaching for analogies here, but if you never tasted fresh-squeezed orange juice and only drank OJ from a carton, would you automatically appreciate the superior taste of the real thing?

via The $1,350 ‘earbud’: Is it worth it? | The Audiophiliac – CNET News.

Just in case you are wondering, I am not going to buy those earbuds, but I have spent more than average on the ones I am using…

Vinyl records are the hardcovers of the music industry

BoingBoing quotes the opinion of an ethicist (?) who says:

Buying a book or a piece of music should be regarded as a license to enjoy it on any platform.

I very much share this point of view. If you have bought the vinyl record, downloading the mp3 for free is acceptable. The interesting distinction here is between legal and ethical.

NYT ethicist: OK to pirate ebooks once you’ve bought the hardcover