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A Handy Guide to Which Music Storage Format Sounds Best–and Why

I’m currently working on a children’s book for Kids Can Press which traces the evolution of the gadgets we’ve used to listen to music over the decades. The people at have come up with a handy chart that compares the sonic performance of everything from wax cylinders to 8-Tracks to FM radio t0 SACD and all that came in between. Here’s a sample of their “fidelity potential index.” Click on the image to see the whole thing.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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