A AT the moment, a 20Gb hard drive will cost you about pounds 200 and you can fit about 3500 CD quality
songs in that.
If there are artifacts to be heard at better than CD quality
, they'll eventually be streamed.
More commonly, they use RealAudio, which doesn't give you CD quality
, but will work on slow Net connections.
MP3 is the technical driver of this revolution: MP3 is an audio compression format that provides small files that can be played by MP3 software players and what is really important, can deliver CD quality
The phrase "CD quality
" is about to become as laughable as "tape quality".
Until now, digital radios - which offer CD quality
sound and a massive number of stations - have pretended to be everything but, preferring to fashion themselves on chunky set-top boxes and cost the earth.
For those who have been living in a cave for the past two years, MP3 is a way of storing music that gives you CD quality
audio but can be compressed at different rates so it takes up less space in memory or on a disk.
The DAP converts and stores the tracks as MP3 files - compressed so that they take up only around 10 per cent of their previous size but still retain CD quality
On another website, millions of fans worldwide can access the entire album, recorded in crystal-clear CD quality
. Other websites we discovered offered only a couple of tracks from the album in varying sound quality.