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Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Richter" <mrichter@xxxxxxx>
The essential thing to remember is that they are files just like any
other files one might deal with. The fact that they represent audio and > with
proper hardware and software reproduce sound is interesting but
Again, you will be doing the best for/by the format when you ignore that
the files may be interpreted as audio. Of course, if someone wants to
listen to the audio on conventional hardware, provision should be made
to prepare a copy in an appropriate form. That may be as MP3 files, as
another compressed format of file, as DVD-A, as CD-DA, as magnetic tape >
Is the gist of this, then, that digital audio or image files
should be the same as other digital files (databases, spreadsheets,
alphanumeric documents, programs, etc.) unless/until they are
saved in analog form using the common formats for such?

And, if so, should migration to analog form be ENcouraged or

Steven C. Barr

Files is files is files ...

CD-DA is *not* made of files; that's why the issues differ there.

Migration to other forms is neither desirable nor undesirable; it's done when the occasion arises. But when the analogue form derives from the digital, the digital remains the better reference. The inverse may also be true but may not be: capturing a cylinder digitally means playing it implies degradation of the master and *may* therefore mean that a subsequent playing will be inferior to the digital copy.


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