Just how much difference does lossless audio make?
On this episode, we put that theory to the test. TIDAL has launched in the US, and we’re testing FLAC lossless audio next to Rdio 320kbps AAC. You’ll have to listen to find out the results.
We also welcome our newest team member Justine Avila!
And here’s the world’s worst captcha, which Mike encountered on Ticketmaster this morning.
- CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.” That’s awesome.
- YouTube Music Service Could Cost Artists, Labels $2.3 Billion Per Year In Lost Income – hypebot
- Borrell: Digital dashboards will wipe out half of FM stations – RAIN News
- Hidden track – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Mike’s personal favorite hidden track #1 (and #2, technically)
- Mike’s personal favorite hidden track #3 is Funkytown, by 1990s Minneapolis funk outfit Greazy Meal (a cover of the Lipps Inc. one hit wonder). It appeared in the negative space before track 1 on the CD Visualize World Greaze. Here’s the video.
- YouTube is still predominantly a desktop platform (contrary to Mike’s statement), but mobile views are currently at 40% worldwide, according to YT’s stats.
Here are the songs we used for our audio tests, links to TIDAL, Rdio, and iTunes for good measure. It’s probably worth noting that the audio we used in the podcast was taken from FLAC versions, though our podcast is encoded in the extremely lossy 128kbps MP3 format. We just put it in the podcast for reference.
- Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Tuesday Wonderland | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Green Day – Jesus of Suburbia | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Miles Davis – All Blues | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Alan Jackson – Like Red On A Rose | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
And finally, is FLAC really lossless?