Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thin Music: Part IV: Second Life Streams

Written 27 May, 2011

Thin Music

Part IV

Second Life Streams and Hard Drive Capacities

Every parcel in Second Life can stream music, either live or from one of the many online radio stations. Bit rates range from about 32 kbps to 128 kbps.

Alas, it seems thin music is a fact of our Second Lives.

But it doesn't have to be part of our out-of-world experiences.

In this world of inexpensive hard drives with huge capacities, it's possible to build huge libraries with uncompressed WMA or other files-- and for those who wish to compress files to do so at high bit rates like 320 kbps.

Right now my iTunes library weighs in at some 75,000 songs and fills just over 500 gb on my external hard drive (I keep it on the external drive so my C:\ drive won't have to work as hard).

With 2 TB drives selling for less than a hundred bucks these days, there's no reason to rip your tracks at 128 kbps. Try 320kbps, or, better yet, just save your files as WMAs (an exact image to the files on your CDs). And go buy a good set of headphones.

Because no one should have to listen to thin music.

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